Today’s television offers an unparalleled selection of quality shows. Established hits like Game of Thrones and Modern Family as well as emerging successes such as Queen Sugar and This Is Us have given today’s viewers an incredible range of shows to choose from. While the shows themselves are entertaining and moving, it can be equally enjoyable to witness the rise of up-and-coming actors who shine in the spotlight. In addition to the sheer quantity of shows, today’s television also offers increasingly diverse roles for artists of various backgrounds to showcase their abilities.
One such emerging star is Elliot Villar. Although he has appeared in several of television’s biggest hits in the past several years, he seems poised to make a splash in 2017 with some key roles. Perhaps most notably, he currently stars in Time After Time, a drama based on a novel and film. It centers on the time machine of H.G. Wells and how Jack the Ripper has used it to travel into present day. As Villar spends more time in the spotlight, more and more people will likely come to know him for this role. However, his background is highly interesting and provides a better perspective on who he is as an individual. Here are ten of the most interesting facts about the emerging star.
10. His heritage has played an important role in his career
The diversity of modern television is one of its greatest assets. For individuals like Villar, who has a Hispanic heritage, it presents an opportunity to display the fact that individuals of all backgrounds can produce moving portrayals on screen.
Some of Villar’s most important early work took place in theatres devoted to Hispanic artists. He acted for INTAR, which puts on plays written by Hispanic playwrights, and Repertorio Espanol, which puts on shows in Spanish. He is the perfect example of how the movement towards inclusiveness is allowing individuals to use their heritage as an asset in the entertainment industry.
9. He is a New York native
Although Villar’s Hispanic heritage is an interesting aspect of his career, he was born and raised in New York City. Born June 6, 1980 in the Bronx, Villar’s upbringing has also provided him with an understanding of life in an American city. Undoubtedly, this paid off for his portrayal of Fernando Vera in Mr. Robot, which is set in New York City. In addition, his first major acting work was done in New York.
8. He has appeared in several notable television shows
With a professional acting career that began in the early 2000s, it may come as a surprise that Villar is only now achieving widespread recognition. While his early career consisted mainly of brief appearances, he certainly picked some significant series. Fans may recognize him for his roles in hit shows like The Affair and Gotham. In addition, he has appeared in The Good Wife, Elementary, and even Law & Order.
7. Scripts are very important to him
Villar is passionate about providing viewers with an authentic, meaningful performance. For this reason, he has stated that his creative process begins with the script. By understanding his character and how he fits into the production, he is able to craft the proper dialect, mannerisms, and personality to produce a convincing portrayal.
6. Elliot Villar Net Worth
As of his appearance in the 2015 film The Intern, Villar’s net worth was approximately $300,000. This is a fairly impressive sum, given that the majority of his work had been brief appearances in television series. With his starring roles in several 2017 productions, it is safe to assume that his finances will be well taken care of in coming years.
5. He has done other work in the entertainment industry
Naturally, Villar is best known for his work on popular television series. However, he has also used his talents outside the spotlight. Interestingly, he provided motion-capture for the highly popular Grand Theft Auto V. While certainly not a prominent aspect of his career thus far, it is interesting to know that such a successful actor has done work outside of his comfort zone.
4. He is married
On August 22, 2009, Villar married actress Emily Dorsch. Dorsch is also highly successful, appearing in major productions such as House of Cards and Boardwalk Empire. Despite the tumultuous nature of working in Hollywood, the two have enjoyed nearly eight years of marriage thus far.
3. He is a father
In addition to his wife, Villar’s family includes two children. Interestingly, they are fraternal twins. Sebastian Joaquin Villar and Flora Jeanne Villar were born minutes apart on November 16, 2014. Caring for two young children while he and his wife work in show business is a daunting task, but it appears that he is more than capable.
2. He is highly educated
Villar is clearly a special talent when it comes to acting. So few individuals are able to make it in the entertainment industry that he must have considerable natural ability. However, he has also dedicated a great deal of time and effort into honing his craft. The fruits of his labor include a BA in Drama from Vassar College as well as an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. Interestingly, it was at this school that he would meet his future wife.
1. He has a distinguished career in theatre
While he is best known for his television career, Villar has also appeared in some critically-acclaimed stage productions. Perhaps most notably, he was an original cast member in the 2011 play War Horse. This production was so highly lauded that it won the 2011 Tony for Best Play. Fans may be interested to know just how diverse Villar’s acting abilities truly are.