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Interview with Bernardo Badillo a Latin performer of Mexican descent, who is starring in the upcoming Sundance film “Emily the Criminal” alongside Aubrey Plaza (‘Emily’). He portrays ‘Javier,’ ‘Emily’s’ partner in a catering company, and ultimately the catalyst for her downward spiral into the world of credit card scams.

Our Special Guest – Bernardo Badillo of ‘Emily is Criminal’

Bernardo, a Latin performer of Mexican descent, started acting at his high school in Santa Ana, California, before receiving his B.A. in theater from UCLA, followed by the master’s program at the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. Throughout his education he trained under notable teachers such as Moctesuma Esparza, Jose Luis Valenzuela, Jacque Heim at UCLA and Ron Leibman, Barbara Poitier, and Susan Aston among others in New York.

Since returning to Los Angeles, he has steadily worked in film, television, commercials, and print. Highlights from his TV career include recurring roles on FX Network’s “Snowfall,” where he was directed by John Singleton, USA Network’s “Queen of the South” as the right-hand man of a drug kingpin and TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.”  He has also guest starred in hit series such as “Dexter,” “Weeds,” “Dead To Me,” and “Insecure,” among others. Upcoming for Bernardo is a role in a new Hulu TV show titled “This Fool,” executive produced by Fred Armisen, premiering summer of 2022.

His most notable film role is in the Clint Eastwood directed Warner Bros. film “Sully” starring Tom Hanks. Bernardo trained with a Navy Seal to portray real-life NYPD scuba diver ‘Robert Rodriguez.’ Robert was on the front lines rescuing passengers from the plane once it had safely landed in the Hudson River.

Growing up, Bernardo considered himself dramatic and eccentric, participating in numerous school plays and pageants, singing and dancing. That passion turned into a true respect for the craft as a professional. He enjoys putting all the pieces of a character together from body language and speech to the emotional core, studying the script and finding clues to who the character is meant to be. As a Latin actor he is proud to be part of the turning of the tide as Hollywood expands its representation of what it means to be a Latin actor.

Outside of acting, he enjoys travelling, having gone to Brazil for the World Cup, backpacked through Spain, and even attended a traveling acting school in Italy. Growing up, books were his escape, and he passes that on by reading to children in his spare time. He is also passionate about workers’ rights and union’s protective services.

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Juan Ayala

Juan Ayala is a New York City-based actor, entertainment journalist, podcast producer & host. He has written for MediaVillage.com since 2017 under his column ‘Multicultural TV’, providing commentary on content geared toward young and diverse audiences, as well as the Latine and LGBTQ+ communities. As an actor, he has appeared in various theatrical productions in his home state of Connecticut, and co-starred on multiple television series including NBC’s Blindspot and ABC’s For Life. In May 2020, he launched his first podcast, ‘Actors With Issues’, which features interviews with actors working in television, film and Broadway, sharing their experiences and how they’ve overcome obstacles and issues that actors commonly face, from lack of representation and diversity to navigating mental health. The following year, he launched a new podcast with MediaVillage.com, to accompany his column, titled ‘Multicultural TV Talk’ which spotlights young and diverse talent from entertainment. Juan is also the co-host for Latin Media Group’s Latin Babbler Show, which showcases Latin excellence and culture. He also hosts a monthly spin-off show called LatinArte, where he interviews rising Latin voices in entertainment, highlighting their work, culture and positive impact on the community. You can follow Juan on Instagram @juanayalaofficial for all the latest in his acting, writing and podcasting endeavors.