Raul Castillo is a Mexican-American straight actor playing a gay character on the just cancelled HBO series ‘Looking’. His role as the adorable, soft spoken Richie Donado Ventura will get one last chance to be shown on screen when the series officially ends with a special.
It’s always good to see somebody of Mexican heritage succeed on a high-profile show. Add to it that he is straight and embracing gay culture is beyond cool. Additionally, he tells People magazine that his girlfriend and parents have been cool with the role as well! That is some good progress on both sides of the border! (Looking’s Raúl Castillo Dishes on What It’s Like to Make Out with Jonathan Groff).
Raul was born in the US but has definitely remained close to his Mexican heritage. His parents are Mexican immigrants from Reynosa, Tamaulipas who later moved to McAllen, Texas, where he and his siblings were raised. Living so close to the U.S.-Mexican border, Castillo’s family would often visit family members who still lived in Reynosa, affording him an upbringing that he describes as “very much bicultural” If you see his Instagram account you will see that it is indeed true.
Now that the show is over, we wish this actor all the very best! Show us that a straight actor who has the balls to play a gay character can move on and get other types of roles in the future. That can teach many actors who fear being typecast that we are living in a new age. Good luck Raul!
EXCERPT: Catching Up With Raúl Castillo, Looking’s Richie
Straight Actor Raúl Castillo Plays Richie on Looking: He Talks About the HBO Series
You’re straight but play a gay guy on Looking. How was that experience? Did you ever doubt taking on a queer role?
I know I said this already, but once I saw Weekend, I wanted to work with Andrew. And I’ve played gay characters before and never had a problem with it. But I did think about how my parents would react. They’re old-school Mexican. But for being old-school and traditional, they’re actually very open-minded. They’re so excited about the show, and they’re very proud and they have been super supportive of me from day one. They’re happy to see me doing what I love and they’re relieved that I’m now able to make a living doing it.
Read Full Articile & Interview at Out Magazine
PHOTOS OF RAUL CASTILLO AS RICHIE ON LOOKING