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Manny Montana is a popular actor who stars as the top criminal Rio in the Netflix and NBC series Good Girls. The star’s fanbase has grown considerably since the series started airing on Netflix and fans have been keen to find out more about Montana. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about what else the Rio star has been in.
What else has the Rio actor from Good Girls been in?
American actor Montana trained for a football scholarship at university, but due to an arm injury, he had to give up the sport and decided to make a career change.
He studied journalism and broadcasting and starred in a number of student films before landing his first major role in Graceland in 2012.
The USA Network series followed a group of undercover agents who lived together at a beach house known as Graceland.
Montana had a main role as agent José “Johnny” Tuturro and he was a member of the FBI, and Montana commented on the reaction from fans saying it had been a real treat.
Talking to ET Online in 2013, he said: “On this show, every week we’re playing somebody different, there’s great dialogue, I love my co-stars, it’s fun to be at work and I think the fans are seeing that. Regardless of whether they like the show or not, I think they like the cast and the dynamic we have together.”
Between 2016 and 2017 the actor joined the series Conviction as one of the main cast, playing the role of Franklin “Frankie” Cruz in a total of 13 episodes.
The series aired on ABC and it was a legal drama which aired for one season before it was cancelled by the network.
Ahead of the release of the series in 2016, he shared a first look video with fans on the Conviction Facebook page, saying: “Thank you so much for the support, the viewership, for everything. Hope you enjoy the show.”
In the clip, Montana and one of his colleagues were following the footsteps of a female victim as she was chased through the woods by an attacker.
Fans were excited to see him as part of a new series, but sadly the show only had a short lifespan.
Fans may also be interested to hear the star took on a small role in the Netflix hit series, Lucifer.
He joined the cast in 2016 and played the role of Javier Junior in the episode titled Pops. In the episode, Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis) taunted Junior as he was about to be arrested.
Lucifer explained to Junior how he knew about how he killed his own father using heroin, but he denied the allegations, saying he missed his father terribly.
Fans realised the Junior actor was in fact the same person who played Rio in Good Girls, and they were excited to find out he had landed a role in such a popular long-running series.
One fan said on Twitter: “Manny Montana is in this episode of Lucifer, nobody talk to me for another 30 minutes.” Another fan said: “Just casually watching Lucifer and all of a sudden there’s Manny Montana!! I had no idea he was in this I love that man.”
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In 2017 the star joined the cast of Rosewood as the recurring character Marcos Villa, for a total of five episodes.
Rosewood was a police drama series which used to air on FOX, and it was cancelled by the network after two seasons.
His character in the series was the brother of Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) who had just completed his third army tour.
In an interview with Thisfunkional in 2017, Montana said: “I’m excited, there’s going to be a lot of bumping heads, me and my sister get along great but we also bump heads with childhood stuff.
“My and my mum, we used to be super tight growing up and then I just left the family. Now I’m coming back and I just don’t want to deal with all the family drama that I ran away from to begin with.”
Fans commented on the YouTube video to express their excitement, with one saying: “We’re all hardcore Manny stalkers. That’s the only reason you’re here. Be honest.”
The 37-year-old father-of-one, who is married to Adelfa Marr, has also taken on roles in a number of films including Blackhat, Hacker and The Mule.
His latest role was as Logan in the film I Hate the Man in My Basement, and he will be making a comeback in Good Girls for season four.
In the series, he has a complicated relationship with Beth Boland (Christina Hendricks) and fans are wondering whether they end up forming a romantic connection in the next season.
In an interview with iHollywoodTV in February 2020, the star spoke about the current season three, saying: “You will learn about my kid, a little more about my backstory, but really I feel Rio is coming back and he’s on a rampage trying to get revenge for what happened in season two.”
Speaking about the show’s longevity, one fan said: “The reality is that the fans come back for Rio. He draws us in with that sexy bad boy look.”
Another fan said: “He deserves more recognition. Because honestly he is the main reason people watch Good girls, lol the show is amazing but he makes it 100 per cent better.”
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