Emily Rios
Rios in June 2006
Born (1989-04-27) April 27, 1989 (age 33)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2005–present

Emily Clara Rios (born April 27, 1989)[citation needed] 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.[1] She also appeared as Lucía Villanueva in the FX drama Snowfall.[2]

Early life

Rios was born in Los Angeles, California, to Mexican parents. She was raised as a Jehovah's Witness in El Monte, California.[3]


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. 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.[2]

Personal life

Rios came out as a lesbian in 2014.[3]



2005For ThemLydiaShort film
2007The Blue HourHappy
2007The Stain on the SidewalkVanessa
2008Vicious CircleAngel
2009Down for LifeVanessa
2009The Winning SeasonKathy Reyes
2010Love RanchMuneca
2010Pete Smalls Is DeadXan
2011Big Mommas: Like Father, Like SonIsabelle
2016Paint It BlackPen
2018If Beale Street Could TalkVictoria Rogers


2007ERTracy MartinezEpisode: "Under the Influence"
2008The CloserElena ContrerasEpisode: "Sudden Death"
2008HouseSophia VelezEpisode: "Emancipation"
2009–2011Men of a Certain AgeMaria12 episodes
2010–2011Friday Night LightsEpyck Sanders4 episodes
2010–2013Breaking BadAndrea Cantillo10 episodes
2012–2013Private PracticeAngela Reilly3 episodes
2013–2014The BridgeAdriana Mendez23 episodes
2013Almost HumanPaige HernandezEpisode: "Are You Receiving?"
2014GrimmFrankie GonzalesEpisode: "The Good Soldier"
2015ScandalEnsign MartinEpisode: "A Few Good Women"
2015True DetectiveBetty Chessani3 episodes
2015Criminal MindsTammy VasquezEpisode: "Outlaw"
2015From Dusk till DawnLorena VasconcelosEpisode: "Santa Sangre"
2016Ximena Vasconcelos5 episodes
2016The InfamousAlice CalderonUnsold pilot
2017–2018SnowfallLucia Villanueva20 episodes


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 10, 2013). "Emily Rios & Matthew Lillard Promoted To Regulars On FX's 'The Bridge'". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Stanhope, Kate (June 8, 2017). "John Singleton Reveals Inspirations for His FX Cocaine Drama 'Snowfall'". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Valence Media. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Bendix, Trish (July 21, 2014). "Emily Rios talks being gay and having a say on her character on "The Bridge"". AfterEllen.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020.

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