There are always iconic pairings in Hollywood: Sonny and Cher, Laverne and Shirley, etc. But when it comes to bromances, those are few and far between. For Wilmer Valderrama and Mark Harmon, however, it’s a close bond they treasure. As Nick Torres on the CBS smash hit “NCIS,” Valderrama joined the cast in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. And while most fans sit on the edge of their seats for his romance with Emily Wickersham’s character, Ellie Bishop, to heat up, it’s fun to watch his relationship with Mark Harmon develop alongside as well.
In an interview with TVLine in April 2021, Valderrama delved into his on-screen character’s relationship with Harmon’s character, Gibbs. “Gibbs has become really an ‘accidental father figure’ to Torres,” he explained. “For a time, Torres had no real direction as he was just going from mission to mission. And Gibbs gives him a family, one like he never had.”
In real-life, Valderrama is just as enthusiastic about his off-screen relationship with Harmon, per Outsider. The “That ’70s show” alum had this to say during a 2019 interview with Access: “Mark Harmon and I are straight-up besties, man,” he gushed. “We have quite a bromance. That guy and I love each other so much.” Valderrama explained he appreciates how Harmon has been in the industry for a long time now, yet “still loves coming to work.”