When Bill Spencer was shot back in March of 2018 on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, a new character, Detective Alex Sanchez, played by Jeremy Ray Valdez was introduced to help solve the case. To find out more about this newcomer and his portrayer, we sat down with the actor to get the scoop! “This is my very first daytime job,” Valdez confided to Soaps In Depth at the time. “It’s actually the first time I’ve ever even auditioned for a soap!” Before his daytime debut on B&B, he could be seen in films like La Mission and Line of Duty as well as primetime series like THE ROOKIE: CTU, VERONICA MARS, and THE MENTALIST.
Alex threw himself into the mystery of who shot Bill, and weeded his way through plenty of suspects before coming up empty. In the end, the police didn’t get their man — or in this case, woman — as Taylor revealed herself as the guilty party. However, Bill agreed to keep the truth under wraps so Steffy wouldn’t lose her mother (and would be indebted to him). Now, Det. Sanchez is working a new case as Bill clings to life after falling off a balcony, attempting to determine if it was an accident, or if Ridge deliberately pushed his bitter rival!
The storyline of Bill’s shooting and Det. Sanchez’s involvement in it was what really intrigued Valdez and inspired him to read for the part. “As an actor, you’re always looking for interesting work,” he explained. “That’s what I was attracted to, as well as the chance to show up every day and tackle something new and difficult. Even on feature films, you may be on set for a couple of months, but it’s still not as intense as this. I can honestly say that I show up to work every day and have fun. We get the job done, but it is very fun.”
As Alex got to know all the Spencers, Forresters, and Spectras to try and figure out who tried to kill Bill, Valdez also had to learn their complicated histories. “I spent a lot of time asking other castmembers a lot of questions because there is a lot of backstory,” the actor confessed. “So I did have to do a lot of research about that and get caught up. There’s a lot that’s happened in B&B history!”
Stay tuned to see if Alex can finally bring someone to justice, and for more B&B news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!