Expressing himself

‘Riverdale’ and ‘Good Trouble’ heartthrob Tommy Martinez reveals same-sex hookup

Riverdale actor Tommy Martinez says he “saw himself completely” in his new role as bisexual artist Gael on the Freeform show Good Trouble. During a recent panel about the show at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the 26-year-old told the audience he had an “experience” with a man.

Furthermore, Martinez — who is currently dating Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress Adeline Rudolph — felt like he couldn’t tell anyone at the time.

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“I had an experience with a man maybe 10 years ago, and this is the first time that I’m saying that publicly,” Martinez said, per The Advocate. “And throughout that whole time, I felt like I was put into the shadows, because the way that my community was, the way that they spoke about [LGBTQ people], [the] Hispanic community. It’s not only just them, but they are very religious and strict on what they believe [as] with many other people in the world and here in America.”

He continued:

“The way that they talked about homosexuality or even just experiencing something like that with slurs or what have you, my friend said the same thing, so I had nobody to talk to about [my experience]. And I kept that inside the whole time until now. And to have this opportunity to portray this character and this community, I felt, especially in front of you wonderful people, I felt maybe this is the best place to express that. And so I saw myself completely in Gael’s shoes. And so when I got that audition notice and dove deeper into the character, I just felt right with it.”

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According to The Advocate, Martinez grew emotional while sharing his story, and the audience “erupted in applause” when he was finished.