Ricardo Hoyos was born in Alliston, Ontario, Canada on 27 November 1995 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds both American and Canadian nationality according to the IMDb website. He is an actor best known for starring in “Degrassi: The Next Generation” TV series as Zig Novak, as well as for appearing in the “Degrassi: Next Class” on Netflix.
Early Life and Education
Ricardo’s paternal grandfather was from Peru, while his grandmother was from Ecuador – his father Ricardo Hoyos, Sr., an accountant, is from Canada and his mother Eileen Hoyos was born in Canada while her parents came to Canada from Ireland.
Ricardo has a younger brother named Lucius Hoyos who is an actor and a musician, known for his roles in the “Heroes Reborn” and “Between” TV series, and the “Bark Ranger” film all shot in 2015. Ricardo began watching movies and TV series with his friends from school eventually deciding to become an actor which is something his parents supported as they enrolled him into an acting school. He started appearing in local commercials, and when he started doing worse at school, his parents threatened not to let him act unless he improved his grades.
After matriculation, he focused on acting and didn’t enroll at college.
Career as an Actor
Ricardo made his debut TV series appearance in “The Jon Dore Television Show”, appearing in 10 episodes from 2007 to 2009. He attended the audition without much hope of winning the role, however, he was chosen from among many, and went on to appear in more episodes than he was initially meant to. He made his debut movie appearance in 2008 portraying Jacob in “Toronto Stories”, and then in 2010 appeared in the “Butterfly” episode of the “Haven” TV series.
The role which helped him gain recognition was as Ricardo Sanchez in the “Dino Dan” TV series, which follows a young boy with a love for dinosaurs who goes on adventures – Ricardo appeared in 16 episodes in 2010 and 2011, and was then invited to portray Zig Novak in “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, appearing in 70 episodes between 2012 and 2015. The role made him famous, and many new offers followed, such as a role in the “Life with Boys” TV series and “Degrassi: Next Class”, appearing in 35 episodes of the first four seasons.
After that, Ricardo focused on appearing in movies, and some of his latest appearances have been in the “Flower Shop Mystery: Snipped in the Bud” film in 2016, “Sadie’s Last Days on Earth” in 2017, and the critically acclaimed “Bumblebee” film released in 2018. Ricardo has been nominated for five awards but won juist one – a Young Artist Award for an outstanding young ensemble in a TV series in 2011, for his and his colleague actors’ performance in “Dino Dan”.
Love Life and Relationship. Is He Gay?
There are rumors circulating the internet that the popular actor is gay, which appear unfounded as Ricardo has dated three girls over the years.
It is believed that he was in a relationship with Olivia Scriven, an actress who starred alongside him in the “Degrassi: The Next Generation” TV series, while many people believe that the two were having an affair for a short period of time but were never dating. Ricardo and Olivia stated in an interview that they were just best friends, and that it is very unlikely that they would ever date. Ricardo dated Ana Golja in 2017 after the two met on the set of the “Degrassi: Next Class” TV series. Muazana ‘Ana Golja’ is a Canadian actress and a singer of Albanian and Spanish heritage.
She is best known for portraying Ariana Berlin in the “Full Out” film, and for her role in the “Degrassi” TV series. The two dated for less than a year before splitting. Ricardo has been dating Annie Clark for nearly two years now. They met on the set of the “Degrassi: The Next Generation” TV series and announced on their social media networks that they started dating after two months of knowing each other. The two often upload pictures of themselves together onto their Instagram accounts.
Likes and Other Interests
Ricardo has been interested in music since he enrolled at high school, and began taking guitar lessons around the same time – he grew up listening to The Beatles while currently his favorite singer is Drake. He was playing the guitar in a band when he was 15 years old but his venture in the field of music was brief. Ricardo enjoys playing basketball and skateboarding, which he learned how to do because it was necessary for his role as Zig in the “Degrassi: The Next Generation” TV series.
He is also keen on playing rugby, which he first experienced in high school and today occasionally plays for fun with his friends. In his spare time, Ricardo enjoys watching TV series such as “Entourage” and “Seinfeld”, while some of his favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Jackie Chan and Scarlett Johansson. His favorite color is green. He is a big lover of dogs and has a pet dog named Joey.
Appearance and Net Worth
Ricardo is 24 years old. He has short black hair and green eyes, is 6ft (1.83m) tall, and weighs around 178lbs (81kgs). As of early 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $2 million.