And, while he’s gone on to partake in other successful TV shows and movies, it’s evident that one of his joys lies in his advocacy work. Over the years he’s become a big proponent of immigration reform, joining the board of Voto Latino in 2016, and helping establish the Ready to Lead program with the Hispanic Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
“Every time that I do an inner city program or help establish a program that [helps immigrants], all I picture is my family,” Valderrama said, becoming increasingly emotional. “All I see in every person I talk to, every immigrant that I come across, I see my parents when we first got here.”
“There is absolutely no difference. We didn’t speak any English. We ate dinner every other night, and not that it was a bad thing, for us Latinos, you just turn the music on a little louder and keep on pushing. We never felt sorry for ourselves, we just knew that we had to work a little harder, get up in the morning a little earlier and keep swinging. And, eventually something good will happen, and it did,” he continued.