Huertas celebrates wedding anniversary while serving as grand marshal – The Winchester Star

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WINCHESTER — Jon Huertas had a very good weekend.

The 1987 Handley High School graduate got to come home to Winchester to visit his alma mater, serve as grand marshal of the 97th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival and celebrate his wedding anniversary with his partner of 20 years, Nicole Bordges.

“It’s crazy to be back but it’s awesome,” Huertas said on Friday before the start of the Hang 10 Car Wash Firefighters’ Parade. “I got to see some of my favorite teachers and my favorite coach, Coach [Tommy] Dixon. That was cool.”

Huertas, who lives in Los Angeles, said he rode on a float in the 2009 Grand Feature Parade, and he was flattered to be invited back to the Bloom to serve as grand marshal.

“I can’t believe they wanted me to come back,” he said. “It’s just humbling to be asked.”

Huertas is his professional name, but his classmates from Handley knew him as Scott Hofstedt. He is a professional actor, director and producer who has blazed an impressive trail in Hollywood.

After serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force, Huertas landed notable roles in the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill” (2008), the UPN Network’s “Moesha” (1998-1999) and ABC TV’s “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (1999-2000). His breakout performance was in the ABC TV series “Castle” (2009-2016), where he played Detective Javier Esposito for all eight seasons of the hit show. Huertas followed that with another hit show, “This Is Us” (2016-2022), where he played Miguel Rivas for all six seasons of the NBC TV drama.

Huertas has also directed a half-dozen short films, starting in 2011 with “Lone.” That led to him directing a pair of episodes of “This Is Us,” as well as installments of other hit shows including “The Rookie,” “The Company You Keep” and “Tracker.”

When asked if he indulged himself with something extravagant when he realized he had achieved success in Hollywood, Huertas thought for a moment before answering.

“I think it was probably a vacation, traveling,” he said.

The most exotic trip he took was one that marked the culmination of a dream Huertas had since he was a child and watched Marlon Brando in the movie, “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

“I remember seeing him get off the ship and the most beautiful water I’d ever seen,” Huertas said.

The location was Bora Bora.

“I promised myself I would go there someday and this was the time to do it,” Huertas said. “That was my biggest indulgence because it was the most expensive thing we’ve ever done.”

He also bought his mother a house in Florida, but said he considers that more of a gift than an indulgence.

Friday marked Huertas’ 10th anniversary of marriage to Bordges, a successful publisher who co-owns Wanderlust Content Studios. They had dated for seven years when Huertas gave Bordges a ring — not an engagement ring, but a commitment ring.

“It was a great little moment,” Huertas said. “But then every time we would see friends, they would say, ‘Oh my God, are you guys getting married?'”

A short time later, Huertas and Bordges attended the wedding of a friend. When the bride saw the ring, she got excited because she, too, assumed it was an engagement ring.

“We didn’t want to talk about us because it was her moment. She just got married,” Huertas said. “So we said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ She called her husband over. Now it was all about us getting engaged and she wanted to throw us an engagement party.”

Huertas and Bordges never came clean about the true nature of the ring so, after three years, friends starting wondering when the wedding would be held.

“We were like, ‘We’re not really in a hurry,'” Bordges said. “Part of it was because we couldn’t agree on if we were going to get married in L.A., which would have been really big. I would rather get married somewhere far away so it’s small.

“And then we had a really magical vacation in Mexico,” Bordges said. “We loved it so much, we were just like, ‘Let’s get married here.'”

The couple resides in Los Angeles because of Huertas’ career, but it’s not certain if he will continue being a full-time actor. That’s because he has truly loved the time he has spent behind the camera.

“I’ll be directing another ‘Tracker’ this year,” Huertas said, referring to the action drama on CBS. And he is in the early stages of producing a handful of shows.

He is also voicing a character for an animated show on one of the top streaming services, but said he can’t talk about it at this time because the project is being kept under wraps. All Huertas can say is, “My character is not a human.”

Huertas said he’s excited for this new direction in his career, but his fans may be a bit dismayed by the last thing he said Friday before he and Bordges headed out to ride in the Firefighters’ Parade.

“I’m happy to not be in front of a camera ever again,” he said.

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