If you’re afraid of things that go bump in the night, you might want to keep the lights on and have a (strong) friend over tonight. We spoke to Wilmer Valderrama at the COVERGIRL and Tide Style Lounge at Calle Ocho this weekend to find out what you can expect ahead of the season premiere of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” tonight at 9pm on “El Rey Network.”
On the show, the Venezuelan actors stars as a criminal overlord and brutal enforcer who first tells Seth (D.J. Cotrona) about a mysterious paradise – a place in Mexico called “El Rey” – where he and Richie (Zane Holtz) can find eternal happiness. Though on the surface, it seems Carlos (Valderrama) is a typical cartel boss involved in a world of contraband and murder, Carlos is actually immersed in something darker, supernatural and ancient.
We got used to seeing you on TV regularly with “That 70’s Show,” so it’s exciting that you’ll be back on a series. What can we expect?
“I’m playing one of the main characters on the TV series, based on the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn.” It’s incredible, and we had such a blast making it. One of my biggest dreams was to work with Robert Rodriguez and I never thought I’d be doing it with the movie that I love the most from him. The fact that Robert and Quentin Tarentino partnered up to do a TV series, is nothing short of epic. I was recently at the premiere at SXSW in Austin and the audience witnessed a show that’s on a whole other level. I’ve never seen another television series be so explosive, intriguing, and so seductive. The show is thrilling and so well shot— it’s just a gorgeous piece of work. I’m really excited that Robert wanted to see what doing television is all about. Now, we’re doing it our way with the El Rey Network where content is king.”
Back when you first started in the entertainment industry, things were really different. Thanks to “From Dusk Till Dawn,” a lot of Latinos have a job and aren’t having to compete against each other. What’s it like to be a Latino in Hollywood today?
“I’ve been a Latino in Hollywood since the late 90’s and that was not easy. Back then, I was the only Hispanic actor on the FOX Network for like six years. I’ve seen this evolution. I’ve seen how Rosario Dawson has changed things. I’ve seen my best friend Eva Longoria and people like George Lopez who have been able to make an easier crossover. To me, this is the time to really truly shine as a community and show the world what we are about. Now we have a platform and I feel like we re-defining who we are. Being unapologetic is one of the virtues we enjoy at the El Rey Network and I really couldn’t have dreamed this moment to be any better. I think this is the time for Latinos to shine and it’s time for us to take that stage and own it.”
With so many Latinos now getting jobs at major network and films like “Cesar Chavez” hitting theaters, there must be a message you’d like to share with your audience?
“Absolutely. To all my Latinos out there, this is really the time to support our talent with ratings and at the box office, and even in magazines. Listen, and watch these talented Latino actors grow as a member of the national community. We finally are truly getting the platform and respect that we deserve— not only with the local government but the national government. This is the perfect time for the Latino community to really take the stage and support our talent and our cause being that we are the new majority in the United States.”
You can check out a trailer for the premiere episode below: