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Wilmer Valderrama Gets Toned and Tough for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Wilmer Valderrama Gets Toned and Tough for From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Originally posted 07/07/2015 01:25PM

For the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Wilmer Valderrama said he wanted to create a whole new look for his villainous character Carlos Madrigal.

"I wanted him to come back more dangerous," Valderrama tells PEOPLE. "I thought doing a full-body transformation would be exciting for the character."

So, five months before filming in Austin, Valderamma began hitting the gym twice a day for early morning and evening workouts. He also stuck to a strict nutrition plan consisting of five small meals a day of protein, lots of greens and healthy carbs like yams and brown rice.

"I had to put chocolate, burgers, pizza and my ranch dressing on hold," says the That '70s Show alum, 35, who adds that the hard work was well worth it when he put on 10 lbs. of muscle.

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Aw! Wilmer Valderrama Was 'Embarassed' But 'Flattered' by Demi Lovato's Sexy Instagram

Aw! Wilmer Valderrama Was 'Embarassed' But 'Flattered' by Demi Lovato's Sexy Instagram

Originally posted 06/05/2015 12:35AM

Could this couple be any cuter?

A day after Demi Lovato posted a steamy Instagram of longtime love Wilmer Valderrama shirtless, the actor is still blushing.

"I was a little embarrassed!" he told PEOPLE, laughing, at the opening night of the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.

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Wilmer Valderrama: That '70s Show Castmates Are 'So Proud of Me' | Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama: That '70s Show Castmates Are 'So Proud of Me'

Originally posted 03/07/2014 06:30PM

Sweet, shy Fez from That '70s Show and can-do, friendly children's hero Handy Manny are crossing over to the dark side.

Wilmer Valderrama is starring as the villainous crime lord Carlos in Robert Rodriguez's new television series From Dusk Till Dawn, showing on Saturday at SXSW in Austin.

"I stay in touch with everyone from my That '70s Show cast and they are so proud of me getting to do this," Valderrama, 34, tells PEOPLE from the Texas Film Awards hosted by the Austin Film Society. "They have known me since 1997, '98 and they know how obsessed I have been with everything that Robert [Rodriguez] has ever done."

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