WATCH Magazine: December 2022: Dylan McDermott

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space he’s created for his family—the three-acre compound where he lives with Pacheco, their daugh- ter, and his parents, who split ages ago but are on good terms. In the media, the arrangement is often described as “unconventional,” but for Valderrama it’s a sort of utopia (free on-site babysitters!) that is a reflection of his wise decision-making, his com- mitment to caring for his family, and his ability to imagine a future and create it. The estate began with one property—it famously belonged to Chuck Nor- ris—purchased in 2005 with money from That ’70s Show and then grew. “I was like, ‘I don’t know when I will ever make this money again,’ so I bought it.” It needed repair—he chuckles at memories of its dated, padded wallpaper—but, glimpsing into a life decades down the road, the young actor saw some- thing his 40-something self couldn’t yet. “When I walked in, I saw my kids running around. I had no plans for kids at the time. But I could see my kids and my family here.” Almost 20 years later, the dream was realized—a strong indicator that all the work he’s doing now in front of and behind the cam- era will create the world he envisions, too. “I feel responsible not just for my daughter. I feel responsible to leave the door open a little bit wider for everyone.”

of all the acting, stunt work, producing, and story- telling he’s honed over decades, and the representa- tion of Latin culture he’s passionate about. “We had so few images of Latin people growing up,” he says. “The only one that made me feel this was possible was Desi Arnaz. I used to watch him in Venezuela, and I thought, ‘Maybe I can do that, too.’” He cites Antonio Banderas as another inspiration— someone who made him feel “like I didn’t have to change myself in order to do what I loved.” The most important project of all is his growing family. He and fiancée Amanda Pacheco welcomed their daughter in February of 2021, and she quickly became the center of his world. “When my daughter was born,” he says, “I realized that one day she won’t be conscious of the fight that it took for her to see herself. If I and my colleagues do what we can, one day she will be a teen who realizes she can be any version of whatever she wants to be: an astronaut, a pilot, an athlete. Because once people see them- selves, it can’t be taken back. We have to dream our- selves into things we’ve never been before.” Family has always been the primary driver of Valderrama’s life and work; as an immigrant, family is everything. And there may be no greater example of his ability to hold a vision and create it than the

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