‘NCIS’ Star Wilmer Valderrama Launches New Podcast: What to Know About ‘Essential Voices’

by Madison Miller

Wilmer Valderrama is taking yet another step in his career as an all-around entertainer.

Valderrama’s primary role as of now is on “NCIS” since season 14. He’s also popular from his role as Fez on “That ’70s Show” originally. On top of it all, Valderrama has his very own production company called WV Entertainment.

Valderrama has also proven that he can do some stellar voice acting. He’s been in animated projects like “Onward” and “Charming.”

Wilmer Valderrama Excited for New Podcast

Now, his voice will be the main star in a brand new podcast he just launched called “Essential Voices.” He shared the news on Instagram with the caption, “Essential Voices Podcast OUT NOW! EVERYWHERE YOU GET YOUR PODCASTS!

The podcast is also a part of his WV Entertainment company. Valderrama launched the podcast after realizing the level of mistreatment and negativity directed at essential workers.

“Essential Voices” is going to help tell the stories of the frontline workers in the food industry, transportation, and other high-demand systems where their voices are often overlooked or diminished.

“These are the people that make us better. The people that were there for us and answer our calls that they were never trained to answer … You are invited to a conversation that you’ve never been exposed to before and I hope that these conversations of leadership also empowers the community to allow us to get in the game, roll up our sleeves and see how we can show up for the people that showed up for us,” Valderrama said in the Instagram video announcing the podcast.

The podcast is a part of iHeartMedia’s My Cultura. WV Entertainment and Clamor are producers. It launched on July 28 and will come out with new episodes each Tuesday.

Details of ‘Essential Voices’ Podcast

Wilmer Valderrama will co-host with MR Raquel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will have two distinguishable parts. The first will be that intimate discussion with an essential worker. The second will be a roundtable talk with different activists and celebrities, such as Amy Turk, Yvonne Mariajimenez, Nithya Raman, and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

“I don’t think we understand the level of stress that our essential workers are going through. I just thought it was such an urgent conversation to be had because these essential workers kept us afloat and kept us safe at home … People have just recently realized how vital and critical some of these services are … There is a year and a half of trauma that essential workers have gone through. In my very sobering conversations I’ve had on the show, that was very evident that it’s taken a toll and they’re still not out of it,” the actor and longtime activist said to THR.

He has long done work alongside the immigrant community, farmers, the native community, and undocumented individuals.

The goal of the podcast is more than just to talk with essential workers and to hear their stories. The goal is to inspire change and learn to pay it forward.

“This is one way to historically continue to change, how we appreciate, how we take care of one another. Also, the understanding that it’s important to really ask one another, ‘How are you really,'” Valderrama said.