Out actress and Breaking Bad alumna, Emily Rios, has landed the female lead on A&E’s new hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous.
In the new show, Rios, will play Alice Calderon, a tough, rookie LA police officer – ‘who grew up in the streets of South Central, LA, in the neighborhood that she patrols. She has to balance the tough situation of policing a community she grew up in, and deal with the ramifications, and the attitudes and tactics of the police force she works for.’
Rios made her acting debut in double Sundance award-winner Quinceanera. Known for her work on Breaking Bad as Andrea Cantillo, her other TV credits include The Bridge and a recurring role this season on True Detective. She can also be seen in indie feature Paint It Black, directed by Amber Tamblyn.
In 2014, she publical came out, saying that being a Latina and coming out to her family was not an issue.
Mexican-Americans especially — because this generation, we come into America, and your family wants to be proud,” Rios said. “My mom didn’t want me to live a difficult life. She brought me here for a better one, so she’s like, ‘You’re coming out … I want you to be comfortable.’”
Actress Emily Rios (The Bridge, Friday Night Lights, Men of a Certain Age and Breaking Bad) has come out as gay.
“I’m gay, personally, so being Mexican and a lesbian – this is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family. Mexican-Americans especially — because this generation, we come into America and your family wants to be proud.
Rios, who played Jesse’s recovering addict girlfriend Andrea on the show. She is currently stars as gay character Adriana Mendez on FX drama series The Bridge.
On her coming and her role she said…
“For my family, my mum didn’t want me to live a difficult life. She brought me here for a better one so she’s like ‘Your coming out… I don’t want this to be this. I want you to be comfortable’.
Adrianna’s story on The Bridge is a little different because her mom is ashamed and embarrassed, but I dealt with that as well. It just took a year for ‘Hey it’s not a phase, this is really happening.’ And then they get comfortable with it.
So it was a little bit more extreme, but the Mexicans are very family-oriented. It’s all about the love so they’re very supportive. Mostly what I find in the community I grew up in, which is highly populated with Hispanics, my family and a lot of my friends who are gay and lesbian, they have a backlash but it’s an initial backlash.
An initial ‘Oh no, this is not happening. But for any parent, I’m sure, it’s a big slap in the face, especially for our heritage. But more than ever I want to say 90 percent of them have big support systems.”