A class clown who juggles his time between amateur filmmaking, guitar playing and pranking those around him, Ryan is currently in his first-ever relationship.
As a former soldier with job skills and experiences that could still help the war effort, in 2008 President George W.
Bush recalled thousands of former soldiers in the inactive ready reserve as part of a surge on both battlefields, which happened to unfold during the filming of The Real World, and Conklin was recalled to deploy to Iraq.
Although it is the only season to set in the borough of Brooklyn, it is also the third season to take place in a city that had hosted a previous season, as the show's first and tenth seasons were set in New York in 19. Prior to the beginning of the season Jon Murray, co-creator of The Real World, and Chairman and President of Bunim-Murray Productions, explained the choice of Brooklyn: "The Brooklyn season, like the Hollywood season, will focus on what people loved about 'The Real World' when it launched in 1992 - genuine people, meaningful conflict and powerful stories...
We're thrilled that MTV is allowing 'The Real World' turn 21!
He says that he was stunned to learn he made the final cut.
A small-town Pennsylvania boy with a laid-back personality, Ryan has had his share of action.
Brooklyn is the first season of the series to feature eight cast members moving into the residence together in the premiere.
(All previous seasons premiered with seven-member casts, and only introduced new cast members when the departure of others during production necessitated replacements.) This number remains in subsequent seasons.
In November 2008, while filming The Real World, Conklin found out, much to his shock, that he was being called back to active duty.
On April 1, 2009, the day he was supposed to report to Fort Bragg, North Carolina before leaving, Conklin surprised his Real World castmates by appearing on the reunion show.
In 2005, he deployed with the division to Iraq, guarded Saddam Hussein at his trial in Baghdad, but his company spent most of their year deployment patrolling Tikrit and experienced a number of near-death experiences from IEDs, drive-by shootings, VBIEDs, suicide bomber, and a sniper.