Jeremy Valdez breathing life into The Bold and The Beautiful’s newest character, Detective Sanchez

Photo credit to Russell Baer

Hello #BoldandBeautiful fans, I’ve got a fresh piping hot pot of the latest tea. I’ve been #trolling and many of you are asking, “How did Bold ever get so lucky to snag the talented heavyweight primetime television and movie star, Jeremy Valdez?” What makes Jeremy tick? How does Jeremy bring Detective Sanchez to life? Yes, I’ve seen your posts gushing over the pleasure your eyes receive when he appears on your screen and the anticipation of seeing him on the Forrester balcony working out; hence the secret nickname “Detective Hottie.” But even more juicer are some of the questions from fans like “Is Detective Sanchez $Bill’s secret son?” Well…..I spoke with Jeremy and he answered them all. Tag a friend, call a neighbor, grab your snacks, but after you read this meaty article, snacks just won’t do. Once you get this scoop, you’ll be all over social media #TellingAFriend to follow  @JeremyRayValdez, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  #DetectiveHottie, and #BoldandBeautiful. So, “Let’s Talk About Soaps” #Read

LTAS: Reading your bio, I noticed that you are from a family of talented musicians and you studied music at the Musician’s Institute as a child. Did you inspire to be an actor, a musician, or both as a child?

Valdez: As a child, I started playing music when I was 8 years old. There’s a lot of musicians in my family, so that was my first endeavor in the arts, through music. I play the violin and the guitar, It wasn’t until I was in college that the acting bug hit me and I became interested. After college, I moved to LA to pursue both acting and music. I’ve gotten to do so many fantastic things with both of them. Music has been put on the back burner for acting and photography. Acting is my goal, primary source of income, and what I’m really passionate about the most.

LTAS: Your television and film career is very impressive, what types of roles do you find most satisfying to play?

Valdez: It has to do how I vibe with the material. If I read something and I become connected to it, if I feel connected to the character or the story, then I become emotionally invested in it and become passionate about it. There have been times in my life that I haven’t worked as much because it’s been really hard to find material that I’m connected to. But when I do find the material that I’m connected to, I find myself diving into it head first, becoming immersed in it and passionate about it. It can be anything, you can look at my resume, I’ve played athletes, cops, FBI agents, doctors, lawyers, and everything you can think of and in every role, I’ve found something about the character that I really connected with. It’s that connection I’m looking for more than anything else.

LTAS: Is it the connection that pulls the passion out of you while you’re playing a role?

Valdez: Exactly, exactly because I can become lost in the character.

LTAS: You’ve also dabbled in producing, what do you enjoy the most, working in front or behind the camera?

Valdez: I’ve produced and starred in a feature film that I ended up selling to a television network. We had a really beautiful run with that film, it’s called “Dreamer,” and it was shown across the country, different counties, at various film festivals, and universities. It got a really great following and I enjoyed the producing process. Since then, I’m in the process of doing some writing, a feature film script and looking to produce more because I did enjoy it. I think truly my passion lies in front of the camera, but I also like to step behind the camera and really put projects together as well.

LTAS: Now, moving on to The Bold and The Beautiful, since your acting career has been in primetime television and movies, what attracted you to daytime?

Valdez: Well this is actually my first daytime job, as a matter of fact, it was my first audition ever for a daytime show. I never auditioned for a soap before. When I read the script and the informational material that the producers and the casting directors gave me, I was like WOW, this is a meaty character and a really cool character arc. This storyline that Detective Sanchez comes into is intense. I knew it was going to be an intense process and it felt like a challenge to me and I felt like I was being challenged to do this. I was like, ok, I’m going to try it, so I went in and auditioned for it multiple times and a lot of people went out for this role and I was very fortunate to get it. I went through a very rigorous audition process and I ended up booking the role. Being challenged by it is what drove me to take it on.

LTAS: You play Detective Sanchez and you play the role so well, how did you prepare for the role?

Valdez: Well actually, the supervising producer, Ed Scott, called me into his office and we had a long discussion about the character, what the creator of the show was looking for in the character, and why they chose me as an actor to take this character on. After that was done, he told me, Jeremy, I want you to bring parts of yourself, your own life experiences into this character as well. So, I felt I had a lot of lead way with the detective, with the character to give him my own flavor.

I have my own process, so I create my own backstory for him in my mind and that’s where the creative part comes in, the imagination of an actor really takes hold. I sit down and create in my head: Where did he come from? What was his upbringing like? What were his previous cases like? What was his successes and downfall in his career and his life? I create this whole story in my imagination and that helps me and drives me through the scenes and to look at the material through his eyes as opposed to Jeremy’s eyes.

I can give you a little taste of what I made up in my imagination for him. He’s from Los Angeles, he grew up in east Los Angeles, he came from a single parent home and was raised by his mother. After high school, he was kind of a little troublemaker when he was younger, then he went into the military, and when he got out of the military he decided that he wanted to be a police officer and a detective. That’s where that straight-laced comes from. Almost a military sense when you see him questioning, that’s where it comes from, the story that I made up.

LTAS: Fans love the fact that he doesn’t give preferential treatment to anyone, he’s out to get the facts on “who shot $Bill.” That means you’ve had scenes with the majority of the cast already, which is almost unheard of in daytime so fast. What’s that experience been like?

Valdez: When I first booked the job and Ed Scott and I had that discussion in his office, he told me this show is a lot of work, but there’re no egos on the set and it’s a big family and everyone has a really good time, but we get the job done. It’s true, everybody on the set, every actor is really cool and eager to help each other and there are no egos. Everybody just shows up and we have a great time. Working with each and every actor on the set has been a real treat because I do get to experience that. It’s like all these actors and crew members have been together for years and I step in as the new guy and I become a part of that family and they’ve all really treated me that way. It’s been a blast, a lot of fun.

LTAS: Speaking of fans, I trolled and polled them to see what types of questions they had for you besides how cute and hot you are, and here are a few:

From Toni on Twitter: Who among the cast is he looking forward to working with that he hasn’t yet?

Valdez: Gosh, who haven’t I worked with? I think I’ve worked with all of the cast.

LTAS: I don’t think you’ve worked with Pam until today when Ridge was arrested.

Valdez: I do want to say one thing about Alley Mills who plays Pam, I was really looking forward to meeting and working with because she was the mom on “ Wonder Years.” I grew up with that show. The show came on when I was young, probably in elementary school or junior high school. So when I met her on set, I was a little star struck, I was like “Oh, my God, it’s the mom from Wonder Years.” She’s so nice, she’s like the nicest person ever. That was really cool. She’s one of the actors I really liked, I was star struck and really excited.

If there are any actors that I haven’t worked with on the show yet, it’s because they’re not involved with the storylines I’m doing. I guess I will have to meet them because I’m having a good time working with everyone.

Rena Sofer and I worked on NCIS together. She was my attorney on NCIS, it was like 6 years ago. We were in the makeup room and she was like, “Jeremy?” I was like “Rena, what’s up?” It was a lot of fun to work together with her again. She’s a lovely actress and a really cool person. She has the most beautiful eyes.

From Skye on Twitter: I’d like to know his funniest moment on the set and who it was with?

Valdez: I don’t know if I’ve had a funny moment on the set because of my role. But Don Diamont, he is so funny between takes and during rehearsal he just makes everybody laugh. He cracks me up the whole time, he’s very serious, but he’ll throw in his own little flavor in there during rehearsal and it’s like, “where did that come from?” He has everyone cracking up and that helps keep it light. But as soon as they say “action” and it’s time to work, he nails all of his lines, he flips that switch and goes right into the $Bill character.  I enjoy doing scenes with him, I enjoy doing scenes with everybody, but with him, because he cracks me up the whole time.

From Stacy on Twitter, James, Myrna, and several other fans on FB: Are you staying on the show?

Valdez: Yes, from what I understand from the Executive Producer, Brad Bell, I had a conversation with him and he said, “I hope you want to remain a part of the show.” I said, most definitely. It is up to Brad Bell if I stay, but as far as I’m concerned, I hope I’m there for a long time and keep coming back.

From Lin on Facebook: Are you one of $Bill’s sons?

Valdez:  Well, if I was, I couldn’t tell you. I’m so sworn to secrecy with this show. I wasn’t allowed to talk to the press before the first episode came out, I wasn’t allowed to put on social media that I was a part of the show or that I had this character. They’re very, very diligent about guarding The Bold and The Beautiful secrets and their scripts.

LTAS: The scene when $Bill awoke from the coma, you pressed him pretty hard on “who done it?” Has that been the most memorable scene for you? If not, which one?

Valdez: I would say the most memorable scene was when Detective Sanchez was questioning Liam Spencer. Just because when I read the dialogue, I couldn’t believe what he was saying about $Bill sleeping with his wife. Actually, the day that we shot that scene the characters; Liam, Steffy, and Hope, and all their reactions when I was asking these questions. Oh my God, this is intense, I couldn’t believe that I was asking these questions.

When I was arresting Thorsten’s character Ridge, it was pretty intense, he’s pretty intense; but I absolutely adore Thorsten, he’s such a nice guy. He wrote a children’s book, so after my 2nd week of shooting the show, my wife and I had a baby and he surprised me on my first day back, which was the next day, with an autograph book to my son Grifton welcoming him to the world. I thought, WOW, what a classy dude. Everyone was so sweet about that. He plays such a tough guy on the show, but he’s the sweetest guy ever.

LTAS: Is there anything I haven’t asked you that you wish to share with fans?

Valdez: What I really want to get across to the fans is how much I really appreciate them. It’s the amount of support that’s come from all of The Bold and The Beautiful fans since I started the show, that’s been overwhelming, I’m so grateful to all of them for supporting this character and supporting me as a person.

A lot of fans know that we had our baby, Griffin, 6 weeks ago and I’ve had a lot of messages about that, a lot of well-wishing from The Bold and The Beautiful fans. Even some of the outspoken ones that will say, “Detective Sanchez is asking some stupid questions, but I really like Jeremy.”

To all of The Bold and The Beautiful fans, I just want to say thank you so much. Please follow me on social media.

LTAS: How challenging is it being a new father with such a busy filming schedule at The Bold and The Beautiful?

Valdez: This is our first child and luckily I live close to the studio. It is a lot of work and it’s pretty demanding. I have a brilliant wife, Kelly, who supports what I do. We’ve had a lot of help with the baby from my mother, my mother-in-law, and my friend Joe Atherton. We continue to get a lot of help. When babies come into the world and people see you need help, everybody rally around you and that’s what happened.

I really appreciate and respect Brad Bell, he’s the head of the show and he’s treated me so well. He’s a classy guy, he’s aces in my book. When our baby came into the world, he made sure that I knew that everybody on the show was behind me and that he was behind me and he was going to help me out to get through the hard schedule, but still be with my son and my wife. I got that same treatment from everybody on set.

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By Sofia A. Bryan

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