Jeremy Valdez is perhaps best known for his breakout role opposite Benjamin Bratt in the dramatic feature La Mission. The role garnered him an Imagen Award, beating out some heavy hitters including a Hollywood legend. After dozens of guest starring roles including appearances on The Closer, Longmire, The Mentalist, CSI:NY, CSI:Miami, 24, ER and Veronica Mars, Valdez has landed a steady gig on one of daytimes most successful shows, The Bold & The Beautiful. Entertainment Scoop caught up with daytime’s newest talented star for an exclusive Q&A.
ES- Will you tell us a little bit about your new role on The Bold & The Beautiful?
JV- I play Detective Alex Sanchez. He is a tough, no nonsense detective who has been put in charge of finding out who shot Bill Spencer. It is a difficult task to say the least since everyone on the show seems to have a motive and cause to have committed the act! He definitely has his work cut out for him.
ES- For an actor, how does daytime television differ than primetime television?
JV- My background has been primarily in primetime and feature films. This is my first daytime role. It has been quite a learning experience. It is extremely fast paced and intense. We are often shooting multiple episodes in a day and there is little room for error. I am so impressed with my cast mates and everyone on the crew. They are all so dedicated and professional, yet, they always find time to have a great time. The amount of dialogue that must be memorized has been the biggest difference, but everyone steps up and helps everyone out.
ES- What was the audition process like for you to land the role on The Bold & The Beautiful?
JV- This was the first time in my career that I had auditioned for daytime TV. I thought the material was different than anything I had done before and it felt like a challenge so I went for it. I initially went in and read for the casting directors. They liked what I did and had me back with their other choices to read for the producers and writers. It’s always so intense when it gets to this stage. You sit in a waiting room with the other guys you are up against waiting to be called. You then have to walk into an office or a stage and act out scenes from the show in front of a group of people. It can be nerve wracking. I actually had to come back a third time and read for some other people as well. I then got the call from my agent and manager that I got the role. It was a great feeling to know that I’d be challenging myself in a manner that I never done before.
ES- You have guest starred on a lot of television shows. What was your favorite guest role and why?
JV- I guest starred on a couple of episodes of 24. It was a two-part season finally. We shot it on a real working nuclear submarine at the Naval Base in San Diego. I got to spend over a week in a sub. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Also, I helped Jack Bauer save the world, so that was cool.
ES- In the film, La Mission, you starred opposite Benjamin Bratt where you played a gay character and where you received critical acclaim and won the Imagen Award. Can you tell us a little bit about this role and the experience?
JV- La Mission was one of the most rewarding filmmaking experiences of my career so far. It was a script that was so deep and so true that I felt like I had to do it. I was overwhelmed by the response that film got around the world. It opened up a lot of doors for me. It was the first time that I can honestly say that I got lost in a character which, as an actor, is something we are always trying to do. The whole Sundance experience and getting to go to DC to meet the First Lady, Mrs. Obama, really blew me away.
ES- You are very into health and fitness. What do you do to stay in such good shape?
JV- I have made exercise a part of my every day routine for my whole life. It makes me feel great and allows me to do all the active things in life, like travel and adventure. I belong to a gym called Orange Theory Fitness that my cousin Steve Garcia, who’s an Orange Theory trainer, introduced me to a few years ago. I have also boxed for many years and go to Freddie Roach’s famous Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. I also mountain bike, play racquetball and swim. I try to change it up as much as possible.
ES- You are an avid participant in boxing. Have you ever actually competed in any boxing matches?
JV- I love the workout! It is so intense and it is the only sport that I follow passionately. I used to spar a lot, but the older I get the less I like getting punched in the face. I did have the opportunity to train with and spar three-time world champion, Zab “Super” Judah while I was doing the film, The Obama Effect. He broke my nose and I thought it was great. LOL!
ES- You and your wife recently gave birth to a baby boy. What is it like being a first time father?
JV- It has been both the hardest and most rewarding experience of my life. I never thought that I could love anyone the way I love my little boy. Every day is a new experience. I might be having the worst day and the second I look at him my whole day brightens up.
ES- What do you want to say to your fans and especially all of your new fans who watch The Bold & The Beautiful?
JV- I would love to say thank you for continually supporting me and for all of your great messages on Social media. The Bold And The Beautiful fans have been so welcoming. It makes the experience that much better.
ES- Where can fans find you on social media?
JV- I am on Instagram @jeremyrayvaldez and on Twitter @jeremyrayvaldez and also facebook. I really enjoy interacting with people on social media.
Catch Jeremy Valdez on The Bold & The Beautiful on CBS daytime. Follow him on twitter and facebook @jeremyrayvaldez.