‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama Teases New Role in Animated Netflix Movie

by Madison Miller

From a gun-wielding special agent to “That ’70s Show” to voicing an adorable dog in an animated film, “NCIS” star Wilmer Valderrama can do it all.

On “NCIS” Valderrama plays Special Agent Nick Torres. The show just wrapped up season 18 with a mind-boggling season finale last week. “NCIS” is getting another season with Mark Harmon keeping his longtime role as Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

However, Valderrama took to Instagram today to share a new project with his fans. Netflix just released “Dog Gone Trouble,” an animated film about a spoiled, well-off dog. However, his rich owner dies and the dog escapes and must learn to live out on the streets.

Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, Betty White, Lucy Hale, Cesar Millan, Seth Rollins, and Jason Mraz, amongst others, lend their voices to the animated film. It is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Wilmer Valderrama wrote, “We learned so much from making #Charming so we put all of us into this film! I hope you all enjoy it so much! ITS #HILARIOUS! And to our team and partners, what a ride it has been…”

In the past, Valderrama was the voice of Prince Philippe Charming on “Charming.” Three fairy tale princesses find themselves unfortunately engaged to the same guy, Prince Charming. He worked with Demi Lovato, Sia, Ashley Tisdale, Nia Vardalos, and Avril Lavigne on this musical comedy animated film.

Wilmer Valderrama on Being Proud of His Roots

Wilmer Valderrama was born in Miami but moved to Venezuela when he was just 3. When he was 14, he came back to the U.S. Here he would pursue a career in acting, to which he has garnered massive success doing.

He said to Good Housekeeping that his father was skeptical about him pursuing a career in acting. However, Valderrama got a massive break in the form of Fez on “That ’70s Show.”

“I was pretty naïve and innocent to the conversation about diversity, inclusion and representation. I was really blessed that I was given the opportunity to be Fez on That ‘70s Show. It was my first break. Those first couple of years I was treated like an equal. I was treated like an actor who was delivering the funny. I felt like I was doing my part and I was doing it with the level of integrity that just made me, as a human being, feel good. But I didn’t really understand the magnitude of what it all represented for the Latino community until a couple of years later when people realized I was Latino,” Valderrama said.

The popular “NCIS” actor said he knows he defied all statistics in the roles and success he’s had. Now, he’s hoping that the young Latinx community will get even more opportunities in the industry.

“The new generation of Latinos can wake up knowing that they can play themselves with integrity … I feel like the door opened up for them to know that it was okay to be themselves and was okay for them to really speak their roots out loud and be proud of that,” Valderrama said.