‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Read a 780-Page Handbook to Prepare Role as a Police Officer

by Samantha Whidden
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He is known as Austin Police Department officer Carlos Reyes on the hit Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star and Rafael Silva is revealing just how dedicated he was to scoring the role. 

During a March 2020 interview with AssignmentX, the 9-1-1: Lone Star castmate stated he read the 780-page Austin manual handbook in order to prepare for his police officer role.

“I’m someone who loves to study. I also trained with Chick Daniel. Fox has provided a personal police officer to train me. We have met several times. The support that I receive from Fox for this role has really been amazing.”

When asked if he does a Texas accent for his 9-1-1: Lone Star character, Silva admitted he chose not to. “I chose for him to be of Mexican descent, and he grew up, he was born and raised in Austin. Austin happens to be the very liberal, one of the blue dots in Texas, so that presence, that Southern rural presence, I don’t think he was very much exposed to.”

Silva also spoke about his role by saying he thinks the storyline of Carlos, who is gay, is “beautiful.”

“The fact that there are people in the police force, in the firefighter force, in the department, people who fight and give their lives to save other people’s lives, who just happen to be gay, and their sexualities don’t mean anything.

In regards to what he wants 9-1-1: Lone Star viewers to know, Silva added, “We have great characters. I think every single story is truly amazing and unique. But I think  [co-creator/co-show runner] Tim [Minear], [co-show runner] Rashad [Raisani], [co-creator] Ryan [Murphy], [co-creator] Brad Falchuk, [director] Brad Buecker, have really created amazing characters.”

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Rafael Silva Shares More Details About His Acting Career Through the Years

Also during his interview with AssignmentX, 9-1-1: Lone Staractor Rafael Silva opens up about his acting career. “I actually started acting when I was a junior in high school,” Silva recalled. He also admitted that he was afraid to speak in public and acting helped overcome his fears. 

“Acting was never really something that I thought of pursuing,” the 9-1-1: Lone Star cast member shared. “It was just more of a savior kind of thing for me. Then I went to college and then almost two years later, I booked this. This is my first job.”

Silva further revealed that he was only on stage once during his college days.

“I went to BFA [Bachelor of Fine Arts] acting for film and television, voiceovers, and commercials. So I did once on stage and one short film.”

Along with 9-1-1: Lone Star, Silva took on roles in The Corps, Fluidity, and Madam Secretary. He was also an associate producer for the TV series All Souls. 

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