Eddie Matos is best known for his role as Ricky Garza on the ABC daytime soap, Port Charles. The 35-year-old Puerto Rican actor is now preparing to kick off his new role as Kyle in MTV's highly anticipated new drama, Finding Carter.
An unconventional family drama, Finding Carter follows Carter Stevens, a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life, until one night after a police bust at a high school party she is told that the woman whom she believes to be her biological mother actually abducted her as a toddler.
Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her. As she navigates brand-new parents, a twin sister, high school and boys, and vows to find Lori before the police capture the only mom she’s ever known.
We chatted with Matos to get the scoop on his character, being Latino in Hollywood, staying connected to his roots, and more.
Read it all in our exclusive interview below:
Congratulations on your new role in Finding Carter.
Oh, thank you very much. I’m very excited!
How did you get involved with the show?
Well you know it’s an old boring, I got a call about a great role on a new show—went in and read for it. But I gotta be honest with you in full disclosure—I did something that I had never done before and I don’t like doing: I took a selfie. I don’t know if you’ve heard of these things called a selfie. I remember I read for the show for the first time, and when I went back to meet with the producers I remember sitting in my car [Laughs] and I thought, you know what I’m going to take a selfie. And I did, and I posted it to my Instagram account, and I put you know some cheesy caption like: I’m going in to get a job or I’m getting this one. And oddly enough, it worked! Posting a selfie works. As anti-selfie as I am, it actually worked.
I mean I get it; I’m anti-selfie because I can’t take a good selfie, and so it just frustrates me! [Laughs].
I honestly don’t think anybody can. The angles are so weird…you’re holding your arm and then the lighting is just, no. There’s nothing good about a selfie in my opinion.
Yeah for sure, [Laughs] I have to agree with you. Okay, so let’s talk about your character Kyle. What’s his personality like?
Honestly I think Kyle is a hard-worker, he goes after what he wants. I think he’s the type of guy that loves without fear, and he takes chances and he doesn’t really—It’s not that he doesn’t care what others think but he doesn’t let it affect him. It all comes from a good place. I mean he’s a lover you know you have the old "I’m not a lover, I’m a fighter." I think he’s a lover and a fighter. He has a good heart, but I think that the most important thing for him is family. In my life that’s the most important thing for me...I think that’s the most important thing for a lot of Latinos. Family comes number one, and he has an incredible bond with his son and you know, you will see during the show his relationship with the character Elizabeth. Again, this comes from a good place, he’s not a home-wrecker. When the whole thing unwraps with Carter coming back into the town and into Elizabeth’s life, he takes a step back. He knows family is most important so you know, I think that’s Kyle. He knows family is number one and he loves hard so he goes hard.
What would you say is Kyle’s overall role on the show?
Apart from the sex appeal for the 30 and over crowd? [Laughs]
This is a show where a big part of the cast is high school age. I think that you have to throw in there a little playfulness, a little spice; you know something for the older demographic. So what I’m hoping for is that when kids are sitting down to watch the show, they are sitting down with their moms, and I bring something to the storyline that they can’t relate to and they like. And I think that comes across with Kyle and Elizabeth’s relationship basically.
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