‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama Looks Back on Moment With His Mom That He’ll ‘Never Forget’

by Suzanne Halliburton

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama stepped away from the show this week to celebrate another project.

He’s one of the voice actors for Disney’s new animated movie, Encanto. He and his fiance attended Wednesday’s premiere in Hollywood. The NCIS star quote tweeted Lin Manuel Miranda, who wrote the songs for Encanto.

Miranda initially posted a video of Carlos Vives, a Colombian superstar, performing one of the movie’s songs. “Nope,” Miranda tweeted. “Not emotional at all.”

Valderrama replied: “My brother, this was a moment we will never forget. My mom dancing beside me!! And me fighting tears of pride.”

NCIS Star Voices Part of the Dad in Encanto

Encanto heads to theaters, Nov. 24, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend. The movie is about the Madrigal family. They live in an enchanted village in the mountains of Colombia. Every family member possesses a superpower except Mirabel. The 41-year-old Valderrama voices Augustin, Maribel’s dad.

The NCIS star was born in Miami, but his family moved back to South America when he was a kid. Valderrama’s mother is from Colombia. And be brought her to Wednesday’s premiere in Hollywood. The family also lived in Venezuela.

In 2016, Valderrama talked about his connection to the two countries during an interview with E! Online he explained: “I think I have a fusion of both Colombia and Venezuela. I was raised in Venezuela, but I also spent half of my life in Colombia.”

 “You know this really gave me perspective, and I was able to come to America with both perspectives. It helped me to work as hard as I have been since I got here. There are little differences.”

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Valderrama’s Production Company Developing Comedy for CBS

Valderrama’s main job still is portraying Nick Torres, with NCIS in its 19th season. But his production company is doing all sorts of projects. Late last month, his company announced that it was developing a new comedy for CBS. The series is called Mexican Beverly Hills. Valderrama is the show’s executive producer along with Kaitlin Saltzman.  Erick Galindo and Aaron Izek are set to produce and write the family series.

The show was inspired by Galindo’s essay for the New York Times. Mexican Beverly Hills is a description of a place. Its real name is Downey, which is a suburb 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The series will tell the story of a working-class Mexican-American family who moves to Downey.

But Valderrama is still very much a part of NCIS. In this week’s episode, called False Start, Valderrama’s Torres went undercover to gather information on the murder of a Navy commander who also was an elite track coach. Parker and McGee discovered that the coach had vials of steroids in a compartment in his desk. Torres thought a sailor who also was a wrestler was the steroid dealer.

Writers called next Monday’s episode Docked. According to CBS, here’s the NCIS plot synposis: “NCIS investigates the death of a man on a cruise ship whose body is discovered in the ship’s sauna by none other than McGee’s mother-in-law, Judy. And surprise, Patricia Richardson of Home Improvement fame is playing McGee’s mother-in-law.