Breaking Bad actress comes out as lesbian

Cast member Emily Rios poses at a premiere screening of the FX television series

Cast member Emily Rios poses at a premiere screening of the FX television series "The Bridge" at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Breaking Bad actress Emily Rios has become the latest celebrity to 'come out' as a lesbian.

The Mexican-American star opens up about her sexuality in a new interview with AfterEllen.com, revealing she used her own experiences to help writers on her new show The Bridge accurately portray the love life of her character, reporter Adrianna Mendez, who also happens to be gay.

She says, "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...

"They (writers) have an idea or they want to have an idea of what really happens behind the scenes... I try to tell them, 'Listen, this is not how it happens. We are not this way'.

"I want it to be an incidental thing, which is what happens in our everyday life... I wanted to make sure the whole lesbian aspect wasn't this whole coming out story, and the character wasn't going to be made more flamboyant in any sort of way."

Rios, who played Aaron Paul's girlfriend Andrea Cantillo on Breaking Bad, admits her own 'coming out' wasn't turned into a big deal by her family, who were open to her way of life.

She explains, "Mexican-Americans especially - because this generation, we come into America, and your family wants to be proud... My mum 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.'"

Emily Rios as Andrea Cantillo in Breaking Bad


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