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What could future hold for Wilmer Valderrama’s Torres?

Nick Torres was one of the new additions to NCIS last year, but the more the season went along, the more we appreciated the character. He came into the show with a very distinct point of view that helped him stand out from the pack — years overseas in deep cover. He wasn’t just in another part of the world; he was pretending to be someone he wasn’t. There is something fascinating about watching that person become accustomed to life once more, and it’s absolutely understandably why Nick ran into a myriad of different challenges.

For one, there was an issue with authority, given that he wasn’t used to responding to anyone directly nearly as much during his mission. He didn’t have an Agent Gibbs handing down direct orders. This was a different challenge for him last season, but a good one that enabled him to grow more as a person.

As we get into the next season of the show, the question becomes the following: How do you build on what you have? You have a great actor in Wilmer Valderrama who can do a lot of different things, and that does open the door insofar as interesting possibilities go. Consider the following just a few suggestions.

1. More of his family – We got to see a little bit of this during the character’s earlier days on the show, but revisiting that now could be interesting. How tough was it for him to be away from them for so long, and where are some of these relationships at now?

2. A new relationship – We learned during an emotional episode last season about one of his first great loves and what it was like for him to lose her. Now that he’s gotten used to life as a part of a team, could he open himself up for the sake of someone else? What would that relationship look like? Nick’s confidence can at times border on overconfidence, so there could be some humor that comes out of seeing him get shot down here and there before finding the right person.

3. More time in the lab – We’d love to see his relationship with people like Abby and Ducky explored further, given that they have such different personalities and we love when characters from very different backgrounds get paired up.

4. Other undercover assignments – Don’t separate Nick from the rest of the team for anywhere near as long in season 15, but why not let him do some other missions that are more standalone in nature? Give him a chance to take on some different cases, including some that force him out of his comfort zone. There could be some great comic relief in here for him. Also, you can play more into his action hero sensibilities here and there.


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Wilmer Valderrama Credits His Immigrant Parents’ Work Ethic and Resilient Spirit for His Success (Exclusive)

Wilmer Valderrama can’t help but choke up when talking about his parents.
Born in Miami, Florida, to a Colombian father and a Venezuelan mother, theNCIS actor was three years old when his family moved to Venezuela. A decade later, the family returned to the Unites States in hopes of providing Valderrama with a better future.

“When I first came to the United States I was about 13-14 years old. The first thing my dad said was, ‘Mijo, we came here to work,’” the 37-year-old told ET earlier this month, ahead of hosting a pop-up portrait studio celebrating new U.S. citizens as part of the Keep Walking America campaign sponsored by Johnnie Walker.

“He said, ‘Your full-time job is to get the education that we didn’t have. Your full-time job is to learn how to speak English and obtain the tools you need to get to where you want to be,’” Valderrama added. “And, that was something that was very important to me.”

Valderrama, best known for his breakout role as Fez on Fox’s That ‘70s Show from 1998 to 2006, says his parents’ relentless work ethic and discipline set the foundation for his blossoming career.

“I really believe that those lessons and their wisdom really helped me get my act together really early on,” he explained. “I never forget those conversations, because I cannot wait to tell my kids. When I turned 18 years old, I was booking That ‘70s Show and I truly believe that was because of [my parents] and the work ethic that my culture has ingrained in me.”

And, while he’s gone on to partake in other successful TV shows and movies, it’s evident that one of his joys lies in his advocacy work. Over the years he’s become a big proponent of immigration reform, joining the board of Voto Latino in 2016, and helping establish the Ready to Lead program with the Hispanic Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

“Every time that I do an inner city program or help establish a program that [helps immigrants], all I picture is my family,” Valderrama said, becoming increasingly emotional. “All I see in every person I talk to, every immigrant that I come across, I see my parents when we first got here.”

“There is absolutely no difference. We didn’t speak any English. We ate dinner every other night, and not that it was a bad thing, for us Latinos, you just turn the music on a little louder and keep on pushing. We never felt sorry for ourselves, we just knew that we had to work a little harder, get up in the morning a little earlier and keep swinging. And, eventually something good will happen, and it did,” he continued.

Following the 2016 presidential election, Valderrama teamed up with America Ferrera and her husband, Ryan Piers Williams, to launch Harness. The organization, which has partnered with Hearst Magazines Digital Media, aims to shed light on the challenges facing vulnerable communities across the United States.

“My last 13 years of advocacy work has to do a lot with my parents,” he continued. “I understand what people are going through, my parents walked in their shoes, they too need a voice and need to be heard. And, it fires me up. It makes me feel like everything that I have achieved in this country is because of the struggle of every immigrant that has come to this country. We’re all a collective force, from the Italians, Chinese, you name it. I now look at my Latino heritage and Latinos in the United States and reflect on what we’ve been able to become and I think that deserves respect.”

In regard to the pop-up portrait studio celebrating new U.S. citizens, Valderrama explained that being able to share such an important moment in people’s lives is an indescribable feeling.
“One thing is seeing a kid open a present on Christmas, but it’s another thing to see someone become a citizen,” he said. “Because that achievement is forever. I’m so stoked. This portrait series will capture people’s first portrait as a U.S citizen. It’s a day where we get to share stories on how we arrived to the United States, the rolling of the sleeves and working hard. And, what it means to get a seat at a table by becoming a citizen.”

Valderrama says his job now is to help “reinforce the American Dream,” while making sure “that we never forget our heritage as we embrace our role in this beautiful country.”

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