‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Began Acting to Overcome His Fear of Public Speaking

by Evan Reier

Typically, when someone has a fear of public, their approach to conquering it isn’t acting. But don’t tell that to this 9-1-1: Lone Star lead.

Rafael Silva grew up in Brazil, and never really had a childhood dream of acting. Instead, the young actor who plays Carlos Reyes on the hit show started practicing his chops to help with his fear.

In an interview with AssignmentX, the 27-year-old star went in-depth on how he got his start. The outlet asks him if the film industry is what brought him to the United States.

“No, absolutely no. I actually started acting when I was a junior in high school,” Silva answered. “I used to be very afraid to speak in public.”

The actor sums it up perfectly with his next line: if you want to overcome a fear, you have to face it headfirst.

I figured if you were going to be afraid of something, you might as well be in the eye of the hurricane.”

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Rafael Silva Moves to the USA

Not exactly a conventional approach, but it’s worth noting that Silva was at a young age when he made the move to act. He and his family traded life in Brazil for life in the States and that urged him to overcome his fear, and gave him a platform to chase a newfound talent.

“So I started acting because I was afraid of speaking in public,” Silva continued. “And then I got over that fear, and I moved to the United States when I was thirteen. Acting was never really something that I thought of pursuing. It was just more of a savior kind of thing for me. I started acting in high school. Then I went to college, and then almost two years later, I booked this. This is my first job.”

What Silva means by “first job” is that it’s his first big-time gig. He has credits elsewhere, but in small productions or in extra-type roles. But now, he acts opposite of Ronen Rubinstein and Rob Lowe on 9-1-1: Lone Star which is just on a different level from anything he’s ever done.

With 25 episode credits to his name and the show’s newest season starting soon, Silva’s work on the show is very much an ongoing development.

Season 3 Delayed Until 2022

Initially, Fox had said that 9-1-1: Lone Star would return this season, airing halfway through fall while 9-1-1 got started in early fall. That isn’t happening, per Hidden Remote.

Instead, the show is coming back in “Winter 2022” which means we’ll be getting the return of Rafael Silva, Ronen Rubinstein and Rob Lowe in a few months. Not a brutal delay by any means, but for fans of the Fox show, it’s definitely frustrating.

The good news? We can bet on it being a full season rather than a half-season compromise to get it out before 2022.