Interview with Bernardo Badillo

TV Interview!


Bernardo Badillo of "This Fool" on HULU

Interview with Bernardo Badillo of “This Fool” on HULU by Suzanne 8/11/22

This was a fun interview! It’s always nice to talk to seasoned actors because they have many great stories to tell. Bernardo has been on tons of great shows and in many awesome movies. Such is the life of a good character actor. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Don’t forget to check him out in the movie “Emily the Criminal” in theaters tomorrow and in “This Fool” on HULU.



Bernardo Badillo of "This Fool" on HULUAugust 12, 2022 is a BIG day for Bernardo. His Sundance film gets a wide release and his show on Hulu premieres as well!

First, he stars in “Emily the Criminal” alongside Aubrey Plaza (Emily). The film premiered to rave reviews at Sundance 2022, and will be making its WIDE release on August 12th.

Bernardo portrays ‘Javier,’ ‘Emily’s’ partner in a catering company, and ultimately the catalyst for her downward spiral into the world of credit card scams.


“A cool, confident debut whose steady build mirrors the increasing stakes faced by its namesake, John Patton Ford’s Emily the Criminal is a nail-biter.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“…an entertaining and sharp-edged look at the world in which so many millennials find themselves: saddled with enormous debt, a lousy job market, an exploitative gig economy, and the sinking feeling that nothing’s going to get better if you don’t escape the system.” – VOX

“…Sundance Breakout” – Observer

“A thriller consistently pushed into darker, more intriguing terrain…” – Screen Daily

“There are some fantastically charged moments of suspense.” – The Guardian

“With a film and a star this in control of its pitch-black material, she’s not wrong. We’re just along for the ride, and wouldn’t have it any other way.” – IndieWire

On the TV front, Bernardo will be seen in the new Hulu show “This Fool” executive produced by Fred Armisen premiering August 12th.

The comedy is set in working-class South Central Los Angeles and centers on Julio Lopez (Chris Estrada), a 30-year-old who still lives at home. Julio has been dating his girlfriend on and off since high school and works at Hugs Not Thugs, a nonprofit that offers rehabilitation for gang members. He and his family take in his older cousin Luis, an ex-gang member who just got out of prison.




 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.

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.

Proofread and Edited by Brenda

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