Emily Rios (born April 27, 1989)[1] 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 also appeared as Lucía Villanueva in the FX drama Snowfall.[3]

Emily Rios
Rios in June 2006
Born (1989-04-27) April 27, 1989 (age 35)
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active2005–present

Early life


Rios is of Mexican descent and was raised as a Catholic.[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. 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


Rios came out as a lesbian in 2014.[4]




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


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"
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Maria 12 episodes
2010–2011 Friday Night Lights Epyck Sanders 4 episodes
2010–2013 Breaking Bad Andrea Cantillo 10 episodes
2012–2013 Private Practice Angela Reilly 3 episodes
2013–2014 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
2017–2018 Snowfall Lucia Villanueva 20 episodes


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Modesto Bee. The Associated Press. April 27, 2015. p. 2A. Actress Emily Rios ('Breaking Bad') is 26.
  2. ^ 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 June 6, 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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 February 15, 2020.