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When it comes to raising his own children, Wilmer Valderrama says he wants his children to inherit cultural values.
The actor gave birth to baby Nakano with his fiancée Amanda Pacheco on February 15, 2021.
“We want to teach him about respect, loyalty and what hard work looks like. That’s what saved my life,” Valderrama said. latina parents for their February/March 2022 cover.
The actor’s family immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1994 for a better life. His breakout role came in the form of a foreign student Fez in “That ’70s Show”.
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“In Hollywood, you can get lost trying to become what someone else thinks is profitable,” he continued. “But my parents taught me that I never had to be what I wasn’t.”
Valderrama’s parents continue to be an influence on his family life as they also help educate Nakano. His mother Sobeida, who speaks only Spanish, lives next door to him in his family compound in Los Angeles and his father Balbino moved in with them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Pacheco’s own mother died of ovarian cancer years ago, she said she still feels his influence.
“I felt his presence throughout my pregnancy,” Pacheco explained. “There’s no way it’s gone this well without my mom watching over me.”
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This connection was even felt during Nakano’s birth, which happened on the birthday of Pacheco’s late mother.
“I’m sure God has a lot to do with it,” she said. “But I know it was also my mother.”
Valderrama’s mother also serves as Pacheco’s guide as she lost her mother around the same age. The model is not fluent in Spanish, but despite the language barrier, the two are able to support each other.
“She was around the same age as me when her own mother passed away,” Pacheco said. “She has become a mother figure to me, and despite the language barrier, we have a real connection.”
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With multi-generational parenting in her daughter’s life, Valderrama hopes her daughter will always remember her roots.
“We want Nakano to grow up in a world where she is proud of her roots and respects where she comes from,” the 42-year-old actor shared.
The new number of latina parents hits newsstands January 14, and the full article is now available online.