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Lone star oddity: Actor loves playing mysterious character in NM-filmed ‘Midnight, Texas’

Each week, viewers of “Midnight, Texas” have seen layers unfold in the NBC supernatural drama.

The show is averaging nearly 4 million viewers each week.

One of those characters viewers are learning about is the Rev. Emilio Sheehan, who is a weretiger in the series.

And Yul Vázquez enjoys playing the character.

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“The Rev is mysterious,” Vázquez says. “He holds everything close to his chest. What’s great is now the series has been so well-received. Even though Rev becomes a tiger, Rev is grounded in reality.”

The series is based on the New York Times best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris – author of the novels that inspired HBO’s hit “True Blood.”

It was also filmed in New Mexico.

“Midnight, Texas” is set in a remote Texas town where being normal is strange and outsiders are welcome.

It follows the many characters – a vampire, a witch, a psychic and so much more – as they form a family bond to fight off outside pressures. It airs at 9 p.m. Mondays on NBC.

Vázquez says that during the final episodes of the season, viewers will learn more about the Rev.

“It’s been paced very, very well,” he says of the series. “The writers did well and have been really smart with the entire season.”

While Vázquez was filming “Midnight, Texas,” he was able to fly to Pittsburgh to film “Last Flag Flying.”

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He stars alongside Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne.

The film, directed by Richard Linklater, follows a group of Vietnam veterans around the start of the Iraq War who find themselves on a tragic road trip.

This is Vázquez’s second film with Cranston. The pair starred in “The Infiltrator.”

“Bryan’s a man of the people,” he says. “We have become great friends. Bryan is a journeyman actor. These are the guys who are the nuts and bolts of the industry. He can take on any role. Bryan is one of those guys I admire, along with J.T. Walsh and Montgomery Clift.”

The film is scheduled to open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 28.

“It’s going to be intense,” he says. “It’s a white-knuckle experience for me. After all these years of acting, it’s still utterly terrifying to be part of one of these big films.”

Vázquez and the cast of “Midnight, Texas” enjoyed their time in the Land of Enchantment.

Vázquez became a fan of the local cuisine and ate a lot of fudge.

“I spent a lot of time at Zacatecas,” he says laughing. “I drank tequila there. I enjoyed all my time there, and I can’t wait to come back. Here’s to the show getting more seasons.”

Vázquez also has can be seen in Amazon’s Sundance hit “Crown Heights,” which is in theaters. He also stars in Nash Edgerton’s “Gringo” opposite Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo out March 9, 2017, and he’s filming the Hulu 9/11 series “Looming Tower” opposite Alec Baldwin.

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