xolo_Maraduena high_res Xolo Maridueña portrays Victor, adopted son of Julia and Joel Graham on NBC’s drama series Parenthood.

For Maridueña, being involved in the entertainment industry runs in the family. Most of his early years were spent in radio studios with his mother. Watching other artists perform there piqued his curiosity and interest in the field, and at the tender age of nine, Maridueña told his parents, “I want to be on TV. That would be cool.”

His natural talent and unique ethnicity (Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian) helped him quickly sign with an agent and nail his first audition, a national commercial for Sears. He went on to snag several more nationwide spots for major brands including Target, Verizon, Payless Shoes and Lowe’s. Only a year later, Maridueña is taking Hollywood by storm, starring on Parenthood alongside Lauren Graham, Peter Krause and an all-star ensemble cast. First appearing in the Season 3 finale as the newly adopted son of Julia Braverman (Erika Christensen) and Joel Graham (Sam Jaeger) and brother of Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae), Maridueña is now a series regular. This season chronicles the new family’s adjustment to adoption and showcases Maridueña’s talents as a boy with a rough upbringing deserving of a loving family. Other TV roles include lending his voice on the hit animated series Family Guy and a guest-starring spot on the hit TNT drama Major Crimes. He has also starred in dozens of commercials and does major print campaigns.

Maridueña can also be seen on the big screen, with a supporting role in the new film, Dealin’ with Idiots, directed by Jeff Garlin,

Maridueña has been already recognized for his talent by being named one of Latina Magazine’s 50 Brightest Stars under 25. When he’s not working, Maridueña enjoys martial arts, video games and tennis. He especially loves music and spends much of his time spinning and listening to records with his dad. Due to his natural inquisitiveness, he also loves science and watches as much Discovery Channel as he can.

Maridueña resides in Los Angeles with his family. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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