It was recently announced that Wilmer Valderrama would be a part of NCIS season 16 as a part of a new deal that he has signed with CBS — one that also offers him a chance to work on new projects with an emphasis on diversity.
Yet, for the sake of the interview below (from the Australian talk series The Project), the focus is a little bit more on the past. In this interview, Valderrama speaks about why he first decided to join the show and how it was actually a rather tough decision for him. He wanted to make sure that he was coming on board with an opportunity to bring something a little bit different than anything that they had done already. That’s something that we’ve seen in the past little stretch of him as Nick Torres. He’s had a chance to bring more conflict, humor and to infuse more roguish charm into the show. With potentially two more seasons of him on board as the character, who knows what could come next?
Valderrama also talks a little more about the all-familiar That 70’s Show reunion topic, which he’s probably been asked a billion or so times over the past several years. He doesn’t think that it’s the right time for it to happen — personally, we’re not sure that there ever is going to be a perfect time for that. A big part of what made That 70’s Show a hit came via its time period; it’s not exactly the same if you’re fast-forwarding and all of those characters now suddenly in the ’90s… and we aren’t even going to get into the quagmire that would be a return of Danny Masterson to television after all that’s happened.
Wilmer closes this video by discussing what is going on right now in terms of the controversial immigration policies in the United States — it’s a difficult subject, but one that he tackles deftly.
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