The Blacklist is off the air for just over a month, following its December 2 fall finale, but we have plenty to do while we’re waiting for the January 13 return date. First on our list — as it should be on yours — is getting to know the hottest guy on the NBC show, Ryan Eggold.
Who, you might ask? Fair, guys. If we have one complaint about The Blacklist, it’s that there isn’t nearly enough Tom Keen on screen. Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. Ryan is a total thespian
Like TV wife Megan Boone, Ryan got his start on the stage, beginning in high school, and later in college. He and Megs were both in LA Weekly Theater Award-winning plays, in fact, though not in the same year. We bet their cast parties were epic.
2. He starred on 90210
Ryan played a character named… Ryan on the 2008 reboot of 90210, and his love interest was Lori Loughlin from Full House! His onscreen version was a teacher, just like Tom Keen. Though he had far fewer secrets than the Blacklist prof he’s currently portraying. Because man, that dude has some skeletons somewhere.
3. He’s a musician
Ry-guy plays guitar and piano, and sings in a band. We don’t know what it’s called, and he’s probably pretty slammed with this whole starring in a hit show thing, but that’s pretty rad. Who knows, maybe as we get to know Tom better, his big secret will be that he secretly plays in a band. With Red.
4. He’s besties with a Twilight star
Back in the day, Ryan and Kellan Lutz made the “Sexy & Single Men of ‘09” list from People. In their blurb, they joked about meeting on Match.com and loving badminton. But really, they became friends while working on 90210. Oh, those silly boys!
5. He’s single… we think
Ryan hasn’t been photographed with a lady in quite some time, but whether that’s because he is a private person, or he’s just not dating anyone, we’re not sure. In the past, he’s rumored to have hooked up with Ashley Greene and Rumer Willis, but that’s just what the Internet says.
6. He is totally crushing on Penélope Cruz
In an interview with Seventeen Magazine back in his teen dramacom days, he admitted to being totally into Ms. P. Cruz. “You mean my celebrity, head-over-heels-in-love-with person? Penélope Cruz. Oh man…” We could see it.
7. He’s, like, really into Bob Dylan
He told Seventeen that if he could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, it would be Dylan. Or, you know, anyone, because he says, “That’s tough. A lot of people, but probably Bob Dylan.” Be happy with yourself, Ryan, we are.