‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama Revealed His ‘Biggest Regret’ from Entertainment Career

by Suzanne Halliburton

Maybe NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama has made all the right decisions for his career. His biggest regret concerned a piece of very dated furniture.

When asked if he had any regrets, Valderrama did his best Nick Torres impersonation. He told Us Weekly: “my biggest regret is that I didn’t take the basement couch from That ’70s Show.”

That 70s Show gave Valderrama a foothold in Hollywood. The show ran from 1998-2006. And Valderrama portrayed Fez, an exchange student who was a constant flirt. The show never says where Fez is from. And his nickname is a tweaked acronym for Foreign Exchange Student. Valderrama was referring to that golden couch — the 1970s were all about Earth tones — where the friends gathered each evening.

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Article Revealed More Morsels About NCIS Star. He Likes to Wake Up to Salsa Music

The whole point of the Us article was to be quick and punchy. The magazine asks a celebrity each week to reveal 25 fun facts you didn’t know about that person. The interview was in 2019 and it certainly was revealing. Like did you know that the NCIS star turns on soothing rain sounds before he goes to sleep, then flips on salsa music when he wakes up.

He also had this to say about playing Nick Torres. He joined the NCIS cast in 2016.

“The thing I love about my NCIS character is that he’s a wild card,” Valderrama said. “You don’t know what you’re gonna get.”

Let’s bring it back to present day. Monday night’s NCIS episode was supposed to be pretty revealing about Torres.

Brian Dietzen, who plays medical examiner Jimmy Palmer, said this about Torres before Monday night’s episode called False Start.

“He experiences personal growth, and shows real character while trying his best to help someone who needs it,” Dietzen tweeted about his NCIS friend. “It’s simply one man, making the world a better place.”

In Latest Episode Torres Tried to Help Young Sailor

In the episode, Torres tried to help Felix, a young sailor who’d been training with a coach for an upcoming Military Games. The coach was found dead. And the murder gutted Felix, who’d been headed for a dishonorable discharge before he began training with the coach.

Torres tried to help Felix. “I get what you’re going through,” Torres told Felix. Then he added “I channeled my emotions into something positive.”

In a later episode, Torres again told him he’d also been in Felix’s place, too. The team figured out that an overbearing father killed the coach. Alden Parker (Gary Cole), the new NCIS special agent in charge, was figuring out everyone’s hidden talent. And it seems Parker believes Torres would make a good coach.

At the end of the episode, Torres finds Felix and challenges him to a race. But the camera stops as the two come off the blocks. We can only presume who won.

A new episode of NCIS is next Monday. It’s called Docked. The agents investigate the death of a passenger on a cruise ship. Stick with Outsider for more details.