In this final episode of the season, I had the honor to sit down and chat with Wilmer Valderrama, actor, producer and activist.
Wilmer shared about his upbringing and immigration experience. He talked about how mental health was perceived in his family, and also about the mentality that helps him reach his goals. He shares his views on motivation and resiliency. Towards the end of the episode, Wilmer switches things up and questions me about the fear I disclosed.
Currently, Wilmer is a series regular on CBS’s hit crime thriller, NCIS. He the CEO of WV Enterprises, where he develops various projects, including the animated feature, Charming. Most recently, Valderrama along with America Ferrara and Ryan Piers William started HARNESS, a group dedicated to connecting communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. He serves on the board of Voto Latino and is co-chair of their artist coalition. He is also the spokesperson for CHCI, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and is the founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers the Latino youth.
As a reminder, during the month of July, I will not release any episodes but will return in August with a special treat for you all to kick off season 2. I will be active on my social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @Latinx Therapy) and will be focused on self-care and also creating bilingual mental health resources. Check out latinxtherapy.live for updates, and be sure to catch up on episodes you have not been able to hear yet! Take care everyone!
Options to help with immigration crisis: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1chmGt4etHHk9OvhDUD4Quz07b-0sqshP8D1IODTGSH4/edit?usp=sharing
Wilmer, America Ferrera’s and Ryan Piers William’s HARNESS community: https://www.harness.space/about/