Ryan Guzman (Sebastian)

ryanguzman_highres_img_3702Ryan stars in the iconic writer/director of Boyhood (Multiple Awards winner & Oscar front runner) Richard Linklater’s much anticipated film Everybody Wants Some, a spiritual sequel to Linklater’s cult movie Dazed and Confused (1993.) Universal/Annapurna will release Everybody Wants Some on April 15, 2016.

Starring alongside Jennifer Lopez and Kristin Chenoweth, Ryan plays the titular role in The Boy Next Door, the Blumhouse erotic thriller. Directed by Rob Cohen, the movie continues distribution by Universal in US and Worldwide, topping many domestic VOD charts.

He also stars in Jem and the Hologramsa Universal worldwide release in October, 2015.

For the revitalization of NBC’s Heroes Reborn franchiseRyan joined its cast. The 13-episode Heroes Reborn will premiere on September 24, 2015.

Ryan is well known to the world’s youth for his mysterious sexy role as the irresistible “Jake”, a principal role, on the international hit ABC Family TV series Pretty Little Liars.

Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment re-cast Ryan to star in Step Up: All In” #5 of the Step Up franchise. Shot in 3D, it continues its international release. Lionsgate announced Ryan’s starring #4 Step Up Revolution‘ grossed more than $140M worldwide.

Ryan plays “Sebastian” the romantic leading role in the cross-cultural drama, Beyond Paradise, a bittersweet love story, executive produced by Gill Holland (Sweet Land, the Sundance Triple Awards winner Hurricane Streets, Spring Forward & Loggerheads) and written/produced/directed by J.J. Alani (David & Layla.)

Represented by a CAA team headed by Matt DelPiano, Ryan is managed by Tim Taylor, Luber Roklin Entertainment.


A successful model, Ryan Guzman sought out a talent manager and started the audition process for acting roles. A few months later auditioning for Step Up Revolution, he landed the coveted male lead, his first acting role.

He quickly followed with two indie projects: the action film that premiered on Showtime April Rain directed by Luciano Saber and There’s Always Woodstock directed by Rita Merson.

A model and an MMA fighter, Guzman quickly caught the notice of Hollywood. He was seen in television commercials for Old Navy, Gillette, Candies and the Oprah Winfrey Network. A successful print model in San Francisco signing with LOOK Modeling Agency at the age of 18 and in Los Angeles, he joined the esteemed Wilhelmina Agency at age 22. He modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch, Affliction and Reebok among others.

Born in Texas and raised in Sacramento, Guzman never thought of becoming an actor.  At the age of 7, he developed an interest in martial arts and earned his first black belt in Tae Kwon Do by the age of 10. This led him into the octagon as a MMA fighter in Sacramento until his fighting license expired in 2010, while also continuing to model.  A gifted athlete, he was a sought-after left-handed pitcher with a fastball clocked between 87-90 miles per hour. When Guzman was still a teenager,  a shoulder injury ended this career dream .

Francia Raisa (Shahrzad)

FranciaRaisa100812_MBP12815_RT-1-200x300As a Gracie Award and La Femme Film Festival Rising Star Award recipient, 2012 Teen Choice, IMAGEN and an ALMA award nominee for her portrayal of ‘Adrian Lee’ on ABC Family’s critically acclaimed series “The Secret Life of an American Teenager,” Francia Raisa continues to prove herself as a star on the rise. Francia was featured on the August 2012 cover of Backstage magazine as one of Young Hollywood’s top Latinos in American TV and Film, further proving she is a unique talent to watch.

Francia stars as the stunning Persian “Shahrzad”, the much coveted romantic lead, alongside  Ryan Guzman, in the cross cultural drama, Beyond Paradise, a poignant love story executive produced by Gill Holland (Sweet Land, Hurricane Streets, FLOW: For Love of Water, Spring Forward, Loggerheads), and written/produced/directed by J.J. Alani (David &  Layla.)

Francia was born and raised in Southern California to mother Virginia Almendarez of Mexico and father Maximo Renan Almendarez Coello of Honduras, (one of the most recognized radio personalities and #1 Latino DJs in Los Angeles). At the age of five, Francia began taking dance lessons to learn all styles from tap to jazz, acrobatics, hip- hop and Polynesian. In addition to dance, she trained in karate and ice-skating. Looking to expand her talents her junior year of high school, Francia decided to study both acting and modeling. She started to get noticed, and soon began to model for print ads and national commercials. A month into her senior year of high school, Francia booked her first lead role, starring opposite Hayden Panettiere in Bring it On: All or Nothing.

Not long after wrapping Bring it On, Francia booked the lead female role of MGM’s TV movie for ABC Family The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream, before ultimately landing her breakout role as ‘Adrian Lee,’ a series regular ABC Family’s award-winning The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Created by Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven), the program broke all records for an original series on the network, including taking the #1 spot in its time slot for cable TV when it premiered in summer of 2008. The show is one of the most popular teen TV shows on air. Up next, Francia will be seen on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project, and she has been cast as a recurring player in The CW pilot The Company Town.

Adding to an even more exciting year, Francia stars as Tory Bell with WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin in the ABC Family original movie Christmas Bounty, produced by Michael Luisi (The Call) and WWE Studio. It  premieres on November 26 , 2013.

In addition to her success on television, the horror film Chastity Bites, in which Francia stars was released early November 2013 by Gravitas Ventures via  Warner Bros.

Francia resides in Los Angeles and continues to stay true to her dancing roots with weekly advanced classes at a dance studio in Hollywood. Francia strives to be a role model for all her female fans. In her spare time, she works to raise awareness on important causes such as hunger, domestic violence, sex trafficking and female empowerment.

Daphne Zuniga  (Elana)

Daphne Zuniga revDaphne Zuniga is beloved by generations of moviegoers for her performances in such classic films as Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, and The Sure Thing, in which she starred opposite John Cusack. On television, she starred as Jo Beth Reynolds on the hit series Melrose Place, played the scheming Victoria Davis for five seasons on One Tree Hill, and starred on the ABC Family series Beautiful People.

She starred in a number of highly rated movies for television, including On Strike for ChristmasA Family Thanksgiving, and Gone Missing. She recently completed work on feature films: A Remarkable Life, Summer Forever and Those Left Behind.

She stars alongside Francia Raisa and Ryan Guzman in Beyond Paradise, a drama cross-cultural bittersweet love story, executive produced by Gill Holland (Sweet Land, Hurricane Streets, FLOW: For Love of Water, Spring Forward, Loggerheads…) and directed by J.J. Alani (David & Layla.)

Outside of acting, she is deeply committed to environmental issues, and was a founding member of Earth Communications Office (ECO), an organization that harnesses the power of the environmental movement and the entertainment community. She was appointed to the founding board of the LA River Revitalization Corporation. A native of Berkeley, CA.

Misha Crosby  (Ray)

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Misha Crosby is a British actor/producer based in Hollywood, California.

​ ​In 2015 he was offered a series regular role in BitTorrent’s first Original TV series ‘Children of The Machine’ by Marco Webber (Brooklyn’s Finest, Igby Goes Dow.)  The series set to be produced by Rapid Eye Studios and is the first show to be distributed directly through BitTorrent to an audience of 170 million world​  viewers.

In Beyond Paradise Misha plays the pivotal role of the traumatized loner Ray, starring with Francia Raisa, Ryan Guzman, Daphne Zuniga, and Max Amini.

On September 26th, 2015 Misha won the International AOF Festival’s Xristos Awad at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, California for his work in ‘Who’s Who’ (2015.)

From 2011-2012 he played Ryan Harwell in the ABC Family/Warner Brothers television series ‘The Lying Game.’

Other film roles include, Abbas in the award winning British feature film ‘Life Goes On’ and Rick in ‘6 Years, 4 Months & 23 Days’ which won the Copper Wing: Best Live Action Short Film, at the Phoenix Film Festival in 2013.

In the UK he starred in the BBC television series ‘Holby City’ as Sam Strachan’s son Kieron, in Channel 4’s ‘Hollyoaks’ and has had various guest appearances in other TV shows.



Max Amini (Sean)

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Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona and was raised on the East Coast.  He graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004.  As an actor, Max has over 50 film and television credits including NBC’s Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming feature film Beyond Paradise.

Max began his standup comedy career in 2002 at the LA Improv. In 2009 Max was chosen as one of the finalists for NBC’s Diversity Showcase. Through an array of eccentric impressions and novel storytelling, Max expresses his comedy by delivering a strong message about family ties, cultural aspects, and social topics.  What really sets Max apart from most comedians is his ability to improvise and create on the spot.  It’s not uncommon for an audience member to sit through two Max Amini shows in one night and find two totally different performances.

Max is now headlining his own shows and his international tour is in places like Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Dubai, Sweden, and Malaysia and have been well received.

Max plays the complex  role of Shahrzad’s husband in Beyond Paradise, a drama cross-cultural love story executive produced by Gill Holland (Sweet Land, Hurricane Streets, FLOW: For Love of Water, Spring Forward, Loggerheads…), and directed by J.J. Alani (David &  Layla.)

Yareli Arizmendi  (Parissa)

YareliArizmendiAward winning actress, writer and producer, Yareli Arizmendi is best known for her tour de force performances as “Rosaura” in Like Water for Chocolate and “Lila Rodriguez” in A Day Without a Mexican which she co-wrote and co-produced.

She plays the critical and principal role of Parissa in Beyond Paradise, a drama cross-cultural love story executive produced by Gill Holland (Sweet Land, Hurricane Streets, FLOW: For Love of Water, Spring Forward, Loggerheads…), and directed by J.J. Alani (David &  Layla.)

Her other films include: The Road directed by David De Leon both presently in post-production, Mariachi Gringo directed by Tom Gustafson, winner of the Guadalajara Film Festival 2012, América by Sonia Fritz with Eddie Olmos, Don’t Let Me Drown by Cruz Angeles, Fast Food Nation by Rick Linklater and Naco Es Chido by Sergio Arau which she co-produced as well.

She has starred in numerous American episodic shows including House, Medium, 24, Six Feet Under, and Heroes and has lent her voice to many products, public awareness campaigns and audio books including The Alchemist, Like Water for
Chocolate, The Law of Love and Malinche.

Her work with Luis Valdez at Teatro Campesino and Teatro de la Esperanza with Jose Luis Valenzuela helped shape the socially conscious work to come. A partial list of those interviewed by her includes: Noam Chomsky, Jesse Jackson, Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize winner – The Brief Life of Oscar Wao), Lila Downs, Maria Hinojosa, Rigoberta Menchú, Amy Goodman (host of Democracy Now), and John Perkins (Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.)

Yareli is presently working on a novel entitled The Story of Y. A curious auto-biography which brings a bi-national, bi-cultural political and social reality into sharp focus through the eyes of a young girl making sense of it. A Cuban-Mexican born in Mexico City, Yareli received her BA in Political Science and her MFA in Theatre at the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher Maleki  (Hosain / Tehran flashback)

christopher malekiChristopher started acting professionally at the young age of 12.

With many films and episodic TV under his belt, Christopher signed on with the soap Passions, where he played the lovable bad boy “Spike Lester.” While continuing his work on Passions, Christopher took notable roles on hit prime time shows such as CSI:NY, and the feature film Mcbride: It’s Murder, Madam opposite John Larroquette.

The increase in film and television roles during this time allowed Christopher to prove his diversity and talent as an actor. After several seasons on Passions, Christopher left to pursue other work, which has included roles on the Starz series Crash and the CBS mega hit, CSI.

On September 20th 1996, he was working on the TV show Sliders with fellow actor Ken Steadman when tragedy struck. Ken was the driver of a dune buggy with cameras mounted on; Christopher was a passenger when the vehicle flipped over killing Ken and seriously injuring Christopher. It was a life-changing experience. He decided to take a couple of years off and see the world.

Since his return, Christopher has enjoyed much success taking roles on popular series such as Beverly Hills 90210, Party of Five and recurring roles on Santa Barbara, The Bold and the Beautiful, Pacific Blue, and Days of Our Lives.

Mel Fair  (Dr. Richards)

Mel_Fair_4084Mel Fair has more than 25-years of award-winning experience in the entertainment industry. He has appeared in numerous feature films, including Beyond Paradise, Ragamuffin, Johnny, The Ultimate Gift, Atlas Shrugged: Parts I, II & III as well as J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s, Super 8, among others. Mel has made guest appearances on more than 45 episodic and daytime television shows including, True Blood, Body of Proof, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Desperate Housewives, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Defenders to name a few. Mel has also played recurring roles on Justified, Weeds, Revenge, Scandal, Chuck, Big Love, Dirty Sexy Money, The O.C., and many other hit shows on the small screen.

In addition, Mel has lent his voice-over talents to numerous video games, including Call of Duty: World at War, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Shrek 2 as the Magic Mirror, Everquest II and Tribes Vengeance, among others. He has also been heard on television and radio spots for Disney Live! Rockin Road Show, U.S. Cellular, Outback Steakhouse, Kawasaki, Polaris snow mobiles, KFC, and Golden Corral Restaurants, as well as numerous other voice-over projects nationwide and around the globe.

Kira Soltanovich (Kira / Standup comedian)


Kira has been a recurring character for seven years on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the voice of “The Photo Booth.”

A Series Regular on the Oxygen and nationally syndicated show, Girls Behaving Badly, she has also appeared on such shows as PrankStars, Hell’s KitchenJimmy Kimmel Live and Fresh Baked Videos on Spike. And also, listen for Kira as the voice of “Carla”, in the animated series, Iggy Cool. You can catch her on two FOX shows, Red Eye and Reality Binge as a correspondent.

She’s written for Joan Rivers on the TV Land series How’d You Get So Rich? and for such Disney stars as Selena Gomez, Mitch Musso and Debby Ryan on the Disney show PrankStars. Most recently, Kira sold a pilot to Disney called Weekly Squeak, the network’s first clip style promotion show.

Born in the former Soviet Union, and raised by immigrant parents in San Francisco, Kira Soltanovich has plenty to laugh about. “Like most kids, my parents took me to Disneyland… not for the rides, for the lines. They assumed there’d be food at the end of them.”

A staple on the comedy scene, Kira has worked in the entertainment world as a writer, actor and producer. Her first television option was with New Line Television for the hybrid comedy, Weren’t You Scott Baio? Her feature film What’s Your Sign? was optioned with Terra Firma at Universal later that year.

Kira is currently writing/producing two scripts for Moscow’s Channel One.

You can catch her on Showtime in the critically acclaimed comedy special Hot Tamales Live, and in her own half hour comedy special for the Showtime network called Here Comes Trouble.

She has shot several pilots this year for Comedy Central, The Food Network, Lifetime and VH1, including a brand new Celebrity, Sports and Entertainment pilot called Box Seat with Dennis Rodman and Jose Conseco. Kira has hosted shows on FOX, E!, and VH1. She headlines clubs and colleges, and tours the world entertaining troops in USO shows.

Lastly, she has performed in a myriad of comedy competitions and festivals, including Last Comic Standing, The Cape Town International Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, and several times at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

Rome Shadanloo  (Zara / Tehran flashback)


Born in Tehran, Iran, Rome Shadanloo came to Los Angeles at the age of 2. Growing up she lived in a world of imagination which prompted her to pick up her first paint brush at the age of 4. In High School she was deeply inspired to pursue acting but decided to attend art school instead. Rome made the difficult decision to leave art school and finally pursue acting.

She got her first break on How I Met Your Mother and has been working steadily since.Rome Shadanloo works toward her artistic goals under the alias, Rome Apple. She has had several successful gallery shows and has found a way to successfully combine both her passions.

In 2012, she was asked to make scary dolls that were used in the psychological thriller The Cottage in which she also had a supporting role. She continues to pursue great roles which inspire her artistically, such as in Beyond Paradise.

Ali Olomi (Faraz / Tehran flashback)

imageAli Olomi is an accomplished actor, independent filmmaker and Union SAG/AFTRA member working in Hollywood, CA. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he has lived in Germany, India and San Diego, CA. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He has worked in Hollywood feature films, independent films, student Films, TV Series, commercials, voice over and ADR. He is fluent in five languages: English, Dari, Farsi, Hindi and German. His Lead Roles in short dramas have garnished him praise at the Cannes International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Asian Film Festival, Berkshire Film Festival, as well as other International film festivals. He recently acted in InAPPropriate Comedy with Adrien Brody, Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan released in theaters on March 22, 2013.

Olivia Zalevsky (Sara / piano student)

-1Born December 21, 2000, Olivia started taking classical piano lessons at the age of five and has been participating in Certificate of Merit and National Piano Guild competitions since age six.

Always musically inclined, Olivia began formal voice lessons at eight and is a soloist in her school’s award-winning show choir. She is actively pursuing her dream as a singer and songwriter. Her debut album of original songs will be released in 2014.

Olivia has been performing in live theater in such roles as Annie, Miracle on 34th Street, Willy Wonka and performing competitively since 2010. For her portrayal of Wednesday Addams, she was recently chosen as part of the showcase performance at the Celebrity Dance Company’s Nationals at Sea Competition.

Playing Sara in Beyond Paradise is Olivia’s first film role.