‘NCIS’: Here’s How Nicholas Torres Actor Wilmer Valderrama Spends His Free Time

by Joe Rutland

When anyone asks “NCIS” star Wilmer Valderrama how he spends his free time, well, he has a very short, to-the-point answer to give.

“I sleep!” Valderrama, who plays Special Agent Nicholas Torres on “NCIS,” said in an interview with Access Online. “I don’t have much time so whenever I can get it in. I’ve been doing a lot of mixed martial arts and it’s been therapeutic to have to discipline for yourself.”

While he catches up on his sleep, Valderrama has fans not only from his time on “NCIS.” But he popped on TV screens for the first time in Fox’s comedy show “That ’70s Show” as Fez. That show ran between 1998-2006, then Walderrama lent his voice to the children’s show “Handy Manny” between 2006-13.

Valderrama has played Torres on “NCIS” since 2016. In 2019, for his work on the show, he won the Imagen Foundation Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television.

Did you know that he’s also appeared in some music videos? It’s true. Valderrama has appeared in videos with artists like Demi Lovato, Fergie, and Justin Bieber.

But the actor remains dedicated to the CBS crime drama that stars Mark Harmon as Jethro Gibbs. “NCIS” fans can catch the show’s new season starting this fall on Monday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central.

‘NCIS’ Star Just Started New Podcast Focused On Essential Workers

Don’t call Wilmer Valderrama one of those actors who doesn’t pay attention to the world around him. He found a subject matter that he felt needed some highlighting.

That’s just what the “NCIS” star is doing with his new podcast called “Essential Voices.” It is part of his WV Entertainment company. He decided to start this type of podcast upon seeing and hearing mistreatment and negativity that’s been aimed at essential workers.

The podcast covers stories of workers in food, transportation, and other high-demand industries.

“These are the people that make us better,” Valderrama said in an Instagram post. “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,” he said, “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.”

“Essential Voices” currently has three episodes of the podcast available for listening. It’s part of iHeart Radio’s “My Cultura” podcast network focused on Latinx voices and creators. Valderrama hosts each podcast and laid out the vision for it in the first podcast of the series. By the way, expect to see him back as Nicholas Torres on “NCIS” this season.