If you’ve been watching 9-1-1: Lone Star, you may have noticed that there are some incredibly strong on-screen chemistry between T.K. Strand (Ronen Rubinstein) and Carlos Reyes (Rafael Silva). In fact, the pair has become one of the fan-favorite couple’s on air – with fans shipping them as ‘Tarlos’. And because of the chemistry between the actors, many fans are wondering is the actor who plays carlos gay in real life?
While Rubinstein has remained tight-lipped about his personal life, it appears that Silva is openly gay. In a recent interview, he opened up about his sexuality and how playing a character with a same-sex relationship on TV has helped him embrace it.
In the article, Silva mentions that he’s been receiving comments from fans both in person and on social media about how much they love his character and that having him as a source of representation for queer Latinx people has been incredibly rewarding. He also credits his co-star and friend Rubinstein with helping him to publicly accept his sexuality.
Rubinstein has also spoken about the impact of having a show like 9-1-1 on television, saying that it’s important for viewers to see characters who are the same as them. He has even gone as far as to say that watching the 2006-10 series Ugly Betty changed his life. This is because when he was younger, he was able to watch the series and see himself reflected on screen as a Latinx gay man.