Emily Rios

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Emily Rios
Rios in 2006
Born (1989-04-27) April 27, 1989 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California, US
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present
Emily Rios in her role as Andrea Cantillo

Emily Clara Rios[1] (born April 27, 1989) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Andrea Cantillo on the AMC series Breaking Bad. In 2013 she began portraying newspaper reporter Adriana Mendez on the FX series The Bridge.[2] She is currently starring as Lucía Villanueva in the FX drama Snowfall.[3]

Early life[edit]

Rios was born in Los Angeles, California to Mexican parents and raised as a Jehovah's Witness in El Monte, California.[4]


Rios was professionally discovered during a day out at a shopping mall. She appeared in the 2005 short film For Them and the 2006 film Quinceañera.[5] In 2008, she appeared in the independent film Vicious Circle. She has also had recurring roles in the television series Friday Night Lights, Men of a Certain Age, Breaking Bad, The Bridge and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. She portrays Lucia Villanueva, the daughter of a Mexican crime boss, on the drama Snowfall, which debuted on FX on July 5, 2017.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Rios revealed she was gay in 2014.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 For Them Lydia Short film
2006 Quinceañera Magdalena
2007 The Blue Hour Happy
2007 The Stain on the Sidewalk Vanessa
2008 Vicious Circle Angel
2009 Down for Life Vanessa
2009 The Winning Season Kathy Reyes
2010 Love Ranch Muneca
2010 Pete Smalls Is Dead Xan
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Isabelle
2016 Paint It Black Pen
2018 If Beale Street Could Talk Victoria Rogers Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 ER Tracy Martinez Episode:"Under the Influence"
2008 The Closer Elena Contreras Episode: "Sudden Death"
2008 House Sophia Velez Episode: "Emancipation"
2009–11 Men of a Certain Age Maria 12 episodes
2010–11 Friday Night Lights Epyck Sanders 4 episodes
2010–13 Breaking Bad Andrea Cantillo 10 episodes
2012–13 Private Practice Angela Reilly 3 episodes
2013–14 The Bridge Adriana Mendez 23 episodes
2013 Almost Human Paige Hernandez Episode: "Are You Receiving?"
2014 Grimm Frankie Gonzales Episode: "The Good Soldier"
2015 Scandal Ensign Martin Episode: "A Few Good Women"
2015 True Detective Betty Chessani 3 episodes
2015 Criminal Minds Tammy Vasquez Episode: "Outlaw"
2015 From Dusk till Dawn Lorena Vasconcelos Episode: "Santa Sangre"
2016 Ximena Vasconcelos 5 episodes
2016 The Infamous Alice Calderon Unsold pilot
2017 Snowfall Lucia Villanueva 11 episodes


  1. ^ State of California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at FamilyTreeLegends.com
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Emily Rios & Matthew Lillard Promoted To Regulars On FX's 'The Bridge'". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Stanhope, Kate (June 8, 2017). "John Singleton Reveals Inspirations for His FX Cocaine Drama 'Snowfall'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Emily Rios talks being gay and having a say on her character on "The Bridge" - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  5. ^ For Them on IMDb
  6. ^ Emily Rios talks being gay and having a say on her character on “The Bridge”

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