Breaking Bad actress comes out as gay, discusses family support systems in Mexico

Breaking Bad actress comes out as gay, discusses family support systems in Mexico

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:47 Written by // Sabine Brix

Actress Emily Rios who played Jesse's recovering drug addict girlfriend on Breaking Bad has come out as gay, discussing the differences between her fictional character on her new TV show and her own cultural experiences being raised in a Mexican family.

Rios' character Adriana Mendez is a lesbian on U.S. TV show the Bridge; she drew comparisons between herself and Mendez during a recent interview.

"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,"After Ellen reports.

The Bridge follows both an America and Mexican police detective and their joint effort to investigate a serial killer menacing both nations.

Rios also opened up about her sexuality in relation to her family situation, explaining she received more support during her coming out period than her fictional character Adriana.

"Adriana's story on The Bridge is a little different because her mom is ashamed and embarrassed, but I dealt with that as well. But is 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.”


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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