‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Rafael Silva Explains How ‘Being a Cop’ is ‘Almost an Escape’ for Carlos Reyes

by Suzanne Halliburton

Let’s check in with 9-1-1: Lone Star policeman Rafael Silva as he explains why his character really likes his job.

Silva portrays Carlos Reyes, a member of the Austin Police Department. He’s been with 9-1-1: Lone Star for both seasons and is in the middle of filming season three.

Silva knows Reyes very well. And as season one premiered in the spring of 2020, he explained the character in a Q& A with AssignmentX.

“Officer Carlos Reyes is very dedicated to what he does,” Reyes said. “If I can say this, it’s almost an escape for him, being a cop. He’s very put-together, and I think that’s very safe for him. He likes order, he likes control, and it’s very interesting when he loses control of things.”

But losing control of the narrative makes for good TV. If you follow 9-1-1: Lone Star, you know that Carlos’ dad is Gabriel, a well-respected Texas Ranger, which is equivalent to the state’s FBI. And, Carlos is dating T.K. Strand (Ronen Rubinstein) the paramedic who also happens to be the son of Captain Owen Strand (Rob Lowe).

One 9-1-1: Lone Star episode dealt with how Carlos didn’t want to tell his old-school father that he was dating T.K. Fans of the show adore Carlos and T.K. together. They’re known in social media hashtags as #Tarlos.

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Fans of 9-1-1: Lone Star Love Posting About #Tarlos on Social Media

Rubinstein shared some thoughts about Tarlos with Digital Spy.

“I’m sort of just mind-blown as to how many people all over the world needed to see something like this, on a much deeper level,” Rubinstein said. “Not just for entertainment, but also personally, to be heard and seen and understood.

“And these are kids I’m talking about,” he said. “Very, very young people. I mean, this sounds crazy, but it could really change their lives. For a lot of them, it is changing their lives. I know a lot of them are coming from places where it’s either illegal to be LGBTQ+, or it’s just completely not accepted. And the fact that a single character or a couple on a television show can help – I think that’s the most important thing we can do as entertainers, and as actors, and as creatives overall.”

In the next-to-last episode of 9-1-1: Lone Star season two, Carlos’ house was torched by a serial arsonist. His father was an investigator on the case. And at one point, T.K.’s dad was a suspect. Talk about a loss of control.

“I think Carlos is someone who takes small things very seriously sometimes,” Silva told Out.com. “So what does it mean that the house burned down while living together with T.K.? He thinks ‘Is this it?’ But we see that in that moment, it’s like, ‘No. This made us strong. This is exactly where we’re supposed to be. It tested us, and guess what? We didn’t fail the test. We’re right here.’”

Both Silva and Rubinstein are immigrants. Silva was born in Brazil and moved to the United States when he was 13. Rubinstein was born in Israel. His family moved here when he was 5.

Although production already started on 9-1-1: Lone Star season three, Fox hasn’t specified a premiere date. It’ll be in the spring TV season.