Actor Wilmer Valderrama arrives at the 2012 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Brothers Studios on September 29, 2012 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Actor Wilmer Valderrama arrives at the 2012 Environmental Media Awards at Warner Brothers Studios on September 29, 2012 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Wilmer Valderrama on “La Llorona” and his upbringing

Wilmer Valderrama wants to know who else was threatened by their parents that La Llorona will come after them if they stayed out too late?

La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman,” is a widespread legend throughout Latin America, which was even made into a chilling song by Chavela Vargas. The basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria killing her children by drowning them, in order to be with the man that she loved. When the man rejects her, she kills herself. She is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found her children. Maria is forced to wander the earth for all eternity, searching for her drowned offspring, while constantly crying “Ay, mis hijos!” which translates to “Oh, my children!”  – hence her the name “La Llorona.” In some versions of the story, she will kidnap wandering children or those who disobey their parents.

NBC announced this week that they will partner with Telemundo, Mun2 and Universal Studios Hollywood, to bring the story of La Llorona to their hit fantasy series “Grimm,” about a police detective who must protect the world from supernatural forces. The episode will feature Kate del Castillo of Telemundo’s “La Reina del Sur”, as detective Valentina Espinoza. She will join the Grimm team to investigate the mysterious disappearance of children on Halloween night. The episode will be broadcast in Spanish on October 26th on Telemundo and Mun2, and in English on NBC on the 27th.

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