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By David Hochman

Football isn’t merely a job for Charles Davis. It’s who he is, what gets him up, how he eats. The game analyst for the NFL on CBS, who teams with play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle, is a University of Tennessee Hall of Famer, having distinguished himself there as a defensive back while earning a master’s degree in history. Today Davis lives in Orlando with his wife, Lisa, and a happy pack of golden retrievers. Come game day, however, somebody else is going to have to walk those pups.

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Bright and Early

A Peloton exercise bike against a white backdrop.

Charles Davis was part of the pandemic Peloton craze.

Photo courtesy of Peloton

6:00 A.M. During football season, the alarm goes off at 6, 5, or even 4 a.m. and the studying begins. For me, every week is like midterms or finals. I’m reading about NFL history, rule changes, stats, coaches, and, of course, the players. One thing I learned in my years covering college football is that every person on the field is someone’s family member. For the sake of their mom or cousin or daughter, you’d better pronounce that name correctly!

7:30 A.M. We were part of the pandemic Peloton craze, and I admit I fell off track a bit. But I’m back on it. It’s no longer just a clothes hanger. The vanity of being on TV is the world’s greatest motivator.

8:00 A.M. I’ve had trainers scream at me for years about it, but I don’t eat breakfast. I’ll usually just grab some kind of protein bar to get me through.

Ready For Kickoff

Charles and his family sit on their stoop with their three golden retrievers.

"I'm a very happy man,” says Davis of his family life.

Photo courtesy of Charles Davis

10:00 A.M. I like getting to the stadium around three hours before kickoff. To clear my head, I’ll listen to podcasts unrelated to sports. My daughter, Taylor, 28, and son, Parker, 24, tell me what I’ll love. Lately it’s SmartLess with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, and Life is Short with Justin Long.

10:45 A.M. The new high-tech arenas are tremendous, but nothing tops walking into Cowboys [AT&T] Stadium in Dallas. The story goes that Jerry Jones’ wife, Eugenia, wanted to use a certain type of Italian marble from a certain company but there was a waiting list. So Jerry bought the company. Even if that’s not true, the marble floors really are incredible.

11:30 A.M. We’ll do live TV hits for our pregame shows. First comes That Other Pregame Show, or TOPS for short, on CBS Sports Network. That rolls into the NFL Today on CBS.

Game Time

Ian Eagle and Charles Davis on screen calling an NFL game on CBS.

“There’s no one better,” says Davis of broadcast partner Ian Eagle.

Photo credit: CBS Sports

1:00 P.M. Game time—and I still get nervous. When I hear “30 seconds to air,” I want to be anywhere else. That was true as a player, too. I’d be in the locker room thinking, “Oh, God, if I screw this up today on national television, I’m done!” But by the time the count gets to 10, my preparation and confidence kick in, and I’m 100 percent “Let’s do this!”

1:45 P.M. Calling games for the NFL, it’s for real. Things change on the fly. You think a team will come in running and they’ll end up throwing the ball 15 times. Or you’ll see trick plays. Or mistakes. Prepare for anything and then watch it all change.

2:35 P.M. Lunch, a lot of times, is that good ol’ stadium sirloin as we like to call it. You grab a hot dog!

3:00 P.M. Here’s the thing about broadcasting alongside Ian Eagle: He’s so smart, so fast, so on top of it. If you’re even just keeping up with him in the booth, it’s a great day at work. There’s no one better.

Playoff History

New England and Buffalo battle it out in a play from the AFC Wild Card Game.

“Playoff history!” says Davis of last year’s AFC Wild Card game of New England vs. Buffalo.

Photo credit: Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

3:45 P.M. Every game is vitally important, but one that truly stands out: watching Buffalo score nearly every time they had the ball against New England in last season’s Wild Card game. Seven touchdown drives! Playoff history! So thrilled I was there.

5:30 P.M. Game’s over. Driver’s waiting. Time to head home. They put together a book for me of articles, stories, and stats to get me ready for the next game we have coming up. I’ll read that on the plane and the studying starts all over again.

7:30 P.M. My wife, Lisa, is the most incredible person. What can I say? University of Tennessee graduate. Law degree. Advocate for pet rescues. A great beauty. The whole thing. When I get home to her and the four goldens that live with us, let’s just say I’m a very happy man.

Non-Sports Entertainment

The cover art for the Life Is Short podcast with Justin Long.

"To clear my head, I’ll listen to podcasts unrelated to sports. Lately it’s SmartLess with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett, and Life is Short with Justin Long."

Photo credit: art19.com

8:30 P.M. The kids don’t live with us anymore, so we’ll usually go out for dinner on days when I get home in time. I’ll typically go for steak and maybe bananas fosters. How could you not? They set that bad boy on fire!

10:00 P.M. I’m a huge fanboy of Yellowstone. My colleague Evan Washburn, who is our sideline reporter—we’re both fanatics. I’m telling you, if we could ever get up to Montana and watch them shoot, trust me, I’d be on the first plane.

11:00 P.M. Football is my reality, but my escape is mysteries. Harlan Coben is my favorite author. I’ve been lucky enough to meet him. I’ve met Lisa Scottoline, too, who’s also brilliant. So is Brad Thor. I guess even I need a break from talking about pass attempts and 2-point conversions.

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Richie Moriarty as Pete, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Asher Grodman as Trevor, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta and Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis.
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By John Kennedy

Are you Alberta, the flamboyant Prohibition-era jazz singer? Thorfinn, the thunderous-but- gentle Viking explorer? Flower, the free-spirited hippie? Trevor, the party-hearty Wall Street trader? Isaac, the true-hearted patriot? Pete, the happy camper? Sasappis, the sarcastic-yet-sensitive Native-American storyteller? Or Hetty, the proper and protective lady of the manor? Find out now with this eternally amusing quiz—keep track of your answers and scroll to the bottom for your ghostly pairing.

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1. What’s your favorite TV show?

Thorfinn, Moriarty, and Samantha sitting on a couch together

Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Richie Moriarty as Pete and Rose McIver as Samantha

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A) Tough as Nails

B) Tell Me a Story

C) Blue Bloods

D) JAG

E) NCIS: New Orleans

F) B Positive

G) Newhart

H) The Real Love Boat

2. What do others most admire about you?

Alberta and Trevor laughing as Trevor points off to the left

Danielle Pinnock as Alberta and Asher Grodman as Trevor

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A) Your courage to face the unknown

B) Your insight and imagination

C) Your ability to persevere and grow

D) Your sensitivity and loyalty

E) Your artistic talent

F) Your youthful idealism

G) Your good-natured friendliness

H) How you manage to mix plenty of pleasure with business

3. Complete this sentence. Heaven is …

Thorfinn and Flower dancing around with colorful party streamers behind them

Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn and Sheila Carrasco as Flower

Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A) … free mead refills forever.

B) … reuniting with your loved ones and ancestors.

C) … learning the lessons of the past while embracing change.

D) … no secrets.

E) … eternal music and singing.

F) … equality for all.

G) … a place where everyone is friendly and kind.

H) … one big party!

4. Life has taught me …

Hetty looking deeply at Thorfinn

Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn and Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty

Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A) … that it is wise to wear a helmet, but beware. It may attract lightning.

B) … to honor and cherish your elders and heritage.

C) … that privilege is not the same as personal power.

D) … to be true to who you are.

E) … to sing while the world can hear you.

F) … to never ever “bear hug” an actual bear.

G) … that life isn’t measured by its length but by what lives on after you’re gone.

H) … that drugs and alcohol don’t mix.

5. People would be surprised to know that I …

Sasappis and Trevor looking at a laptop with shocked faces

Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis and Asher Grodman as Trevor

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B) … observe everything.

C) … see myself as a work in progress.

D) … am a romantic.

E) … have a deep desire to make my family and people proud.

F) … know a lot more than they’d think I would about sports.

G) … love 1980s TV.

H) … would give the shirt off my back (or pants off my legs) to someone in need.

6. My favorite quote is

Moriarty holding up a field book with an archery target in the background

Richie Moriarty as Pete

Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A) “No one is a total fool if he knows when to hold his tongue.” ―The Saga of (Icelandic Outlaw) Grettir the Strong

B) “Do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his moccasins.” ―Cheyenne proverb

C) “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ―Maya Angelou

D) “Being loved deeply gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ―Lao Tzu

E) “Don’t die with your music still in you.” ―Wayne Dyer

F) “Love and peace are eternal.” ―John Lennon

G) “The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” —Robert Baden-Powell

H) “Life is short. Wear your party pants.” —Loretta LaRoche

7. What historical figure would you most want to have dinner with?

The Ghosts cast sitting around a dining table

Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Kathryn Greenwood as Margaret, Mark Linn-Baker as Henry, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha

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A) Leif Erikson, Viking explorer believed to be the first European to set foot on America

B) Tamanend, 17th-century Lenape Nation leader revered for his wisdom, generosity, and devotion to peace

C) Abigail Adams, Outspoken First Lady and early American feminist

D) Alan Turing, gay British mathematician credited with cracking a critical Nazi code and helping the Allies achieve military victory in WWII

E) Fletcher Henderson, African American pianist/composer considered one of the most influential arrangers and bandleaders in jazz history

F) Bill Russell, NBA legend and civil rights icon

G) Robert Baden-Powell, a.k.a. the Father of Scouting

H) Hugh Hefner, founder and publisher of Playboy magazine

8. What is your pet peeve?

Flower with her hands out in exasperation

Sheila Carrasco as Flower

Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A) Cannibals

B) Inauthentic writing

C) Being ignored

D) Dysentery and $10 bills (tie)

E) Unsolved murders

F) The Man

G) Unfriendly people

H) Not being invited to a cool party

9. I hate it when people say ...

Thorfinn making a determined face with his fists in the air

Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn

Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A) “Jörmungandr the Midgard Serpent will be visiting you in your night-sleeps and firstborn will have head of cabbage.”

B) “Don’t be an Indian giver. ”

C) “Man up.”

D) “Do you have two fives for a ten? ”

E) “Break a leg.”

F) “If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren’t there.”

G) “No good deed goes unpunished.”

H) “Keep your pants on.”

10. When I look at these clouds I see ...

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A) … sea monsters rising from the blue depths to kill us all!

B) … the Great Spirit blessing the land.

C) … a brighter future.

D) …François Duquesnoy’s classically chiseled 17th-century marble sculpture of Adonis.

E) … a smoke-filled speakeasy.

F) … floating cotton balls—and they’re, like, breathing!

G) … cumuliform clouds suggesting strong updrafts ahead. Be prepared.

H) … babes as far as the eye can see.

Now, summon up your answers and find out which of the Ghosts is most like you.

If you answered mostly A: You’re Thorfinn!

Thorfinn sitting on a couch

Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn

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You are courageous, strong, and, of course, Tough as Nails. You also enjoy a good party, so go easy on the mead! Beneath all the bluster (that may scare off some), you’re a kind, sensitive, and loyal friend.

If you answered mostly B: You’re Sasappis!

Sasappis reaching out while speaking

Pictured Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis

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At once creative and traditional, cynical and sensitive, funny and serious, you are above all a seeker of truth whose keen observations of the world around you have provided you with unusual wisdom, balance, faith, gratitude, and empathy. You are an old soul who remains young at heart.

If you answered mostly C: You’re Hetty!

Hetty in a blue dress with a neutral look on her face

Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty

Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS 2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

You’ve been through a lot and have some emotional scars to show for it—but you’ve endured, learned, and grown along the way. Your scars have come to represent healing and are now emotional entry points into the lives and experiences of others. As a result, you are a protective friend and reliable confidant whose learned optimism provides a light of hope for others.

If you answered mostly D: You’re Isaac!

Isaac looking off with a brown staircase railing behind him

Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac

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Despite your natural shyness, you have grasped the eternal value of emotional honesty, being who you are and letting those you love know it. While you may seem aloof to some, when you commit—whether it’s to your country, a friend, or a life partner—you do so because you mean it.

If you answered mostly E: You’re Alberta!

Alberta smiling and sitting on a couch

Danielle Pinnock as Alberta

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You overcome the obstacles in front of you through sheer gusto and a zest for life. You put it all out there for the world to see and hear. You use what you’ve got, and you bump it with a trumpet. Your positive energy is contagious. You’re also nobody’s fool, victim, or social project. All you’re asking the world to do is to get out of your way. You know you’ve got the goods (a.k.a. talent) to shine. The world’s a stage and you’re a star.

If you answered mostly F: You’re Flower!

Flower smiling brightly and looking off to the left

Sheila Carrasco as Flower

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You’re idealistic, fun-loving, and, despite being anti-authority, sometimes a bit naïve—but that’s just because you choose to see the good in ordinary people. You give more than you take, which is how you prefer it. Yet, despite your open-book demeanor, there are more facets to you than the most intricate blossom. Infinitely interested and interesting is an apt description of you.

If you answered mostly G: You’re Pete!

Pete smiling in his Boy Scout uniform while sitting on a couch

Richie Moriarty as Pete

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You’re trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Why, you’re a regular Boy (or Girl) Scout! You are, in fact, nostalgic for the days when the rules of right and wrong were a bit clearer, our entertainment was a bit cleaner, and people just seemed a bit nicer. You, of course, realize that the good old days weren’t really so good for everyone. What you’d like to see is a world where those old-fashioned values are nurtured and applied in a way that inclusively opens the doors of happiness to all.

If you answered mostly H: You’re Trevor!

Trevor in the middle of explaining something using both hands to gesture outwards

Asher Grodman as Trevor

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F-U-N. To the casual observer that single word more or less sums you up. You’re the life of the party with a literally skin-deep view of the world. At least that’s how others often see you. But you can’t always judge a magazine by its centerfold. While some of your attitudes could no doubt use some updating, you know that you are deeper than your devil-may-care image. The truth is that, when cornered, you prefer virtue over vice, are not at all comfortable with cheap laughs at someone else’s expense, and are prone toward kindness. Since you’re also uncomfortable with schmaltz and moralism, you may find that embarrassing—but live with it. You’re a good person.

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Olivia Luccardi

Olivia Luccardi of the new CBS show East New York sits cross-legged with her head on her hands smiling.

Olivia Luccardi of East New York

Photo credit: Blair Hopkins

Show: East New York

Character: Police Officer Brandy Quinlan. She’s originally from Yonkers, New York, and doesn’t put up with anyone’s BS.

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Hobby: Photography. My father was a photographer, so I’ve always been in love with it.

Olivia Luccardi in a scene from East New York in her police uniform helping a distressed woman.

Olivia Luccardi in a scene from East New York

Photo credit: CBS

Last Book Read:Weeping Under This Same Moon by Jana Laiz. Have tissues nearby!

Latest Accomplishment: Shooting East New York. I am very proud to be a part of it.

Fun Fact: I’ve been working on ventriloquism.

Favorite Quote: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” —Auntie Mame

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

Lavel Schley

A headshot of Lavel Schley of the new CBS show East New York\u200b.

Lavel Schley of East New York

Photo credit: Vincent Madero

Show: East New York

Character: Andre Bentley, a young man from a suburban, upper-middle-class upbringing who takes on the task of becoming an NYPD officer. I can relate to the feeling of trying to follow a calling, to create and to find meaning in one’s own life.

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas. Go Shockers!

Hobby: I spend an awful lot of time playing piano. If I were to rationalize why, I think deep down piano is a great physical and sonic embodiment of the yin and yang. The balance of life. You’re combining dark and light, deep and shallow. I’ve been working on “Claire de lune” by Claude Debussy for some time now, so I’m sure my neighbors hate me.

Lavel Schley in his East New York character\u2019s police uniform on a street holding a plastic cup.

Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley in East New York

Photo credit: Peter Kramer/CBS

Last Book Read: Homer’s Odyssey

Latest Accomplishment: Earlier this year I got into boxing, and I started sparring mid-June. No one wants to get smacked around by fighters better than you, so getting into the ring and fighting with contact is an accomplishment in and of itself for me.

Fun Fact: I speak pretty good French, though I’d hate to be quizzed.

Favorite Quote: “Either you’re going to do it or you’re not.” Apply that to anything: eating a pizza, following a dream, asking someone out. It just works.

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Madeline Wise

\u200bMadeline Wise of the new CBS show \u200bSo Help Me Todd smiles with sunlight streaking across her face.

Madeline Wise of So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Curtis Wallen

Show: So Help Me Todd

Character: Allison is a middle child, an ER doctor who puts in a lot of effort at work and with her family. She’s a people-pleaser, which gets tricky and is what I most relate to about her: When you’re busy making sure everyone around you is doing all right, you forget to prioritize your own all-right-ness.

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Hobby: Anytime I come home from another country, I try to re-create a dish I ate and loved during my trip. I’ve gotten good at making salmorejo, a Spanish soup similar to gazpacho, and I’m decent at making a Spanish tortilla, though the flip makes me anxious.

\u200bMadeline Wise looks shocked in a scene from \u200bSo Help Me Todd.

Madeline Wise in a scene from So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Michael Courtney/CBS

Last Book Read:Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood, for a book club that I’m very bad at attending.

Latest Accomplishment: Can I say being cast in a series-regular role on a CBS show?

Fun Fact: During a summer abroad in France for college, I started a blog and wrote reviews of cheeses. I had to stop because I basically gave myself scurvy from eating only dairy for a week.

Favorite Quote: “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work,” by Gustave Flaubert. Lest you think I’m a super intellectual who reads Flaubert, I first read that quote in an interview Julianne Moore gave. She’s the intellectual.

Watch new series So Help Me Todd Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Tristen J. Winger

Tristen J. Winger of the CBS show So Help Me Todd wears a bright blue suit a polka dotted shirt and patterned pocket square.

Tristen J. Winger of So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Carlos Nunez

Show: So Help Me Todd

Character: Lyle is a know-it-all, silently judgmental private investigator who takes himself and his work seriously. I love Lyle because he’s the part of me that exists that doesn’t feel any obligation to explain myself. He knows what the hell he’s doing and moves with confidence.

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles

Hobby: Pharrell is one of my heroes, and he inspired me to start producing music in college. A friend introduced me to the computer program Fruity Loops [FL Studio] that I installed on my old Hewlett-Packard, and I’ve been producing music for nearly 20 years.

Tristen J. Winger sits at a desk wearing a suit and black framed glasses looking professorial in So Help Me Todd\u200b.

Tristen J. Winger in So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Michael Courtney/CBS

Last Book Read:Will by Will Smith

Latest Accomplishment: I cleaned out my closet and gave away a lot of clothes and shoes that I haven’t worn in forever. I kept overthinking that I might need them until I discovered a set of scrubs and a lab coat. I know they’re all in a better place now.

Fun Fact: I played the clarinet in junior high school, and on the day of a very important recital, I left my clarinet on the bus. I sat in the audience and watched my classmates perform.

Favorite Quote: “I don’t know what to say; it’s feeling like ‘me season’ right now …” — Issa Rae

Watch new series So Help Me Todd Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Jules Latimer

Jules Latimer\u2019s headshot \u200bfor the new CBS show Fire Country.

Jules Latimer of Fire Country

Photo courtesy of Jules Latimer

Show:Fire Country

Character: Firefighter Eve. Fearless while fighting fires but a softy at heart. I like to think of her as what the girl next door in 2022 looks like.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hobby: Playing guitar. Before I was an actor, I played music full time. I come from a musical family. My grandmother went to Juilliard for collaborative piano and played the accordion, while my grandfather and great uncle played trumpet and alto sax.

Jules Latimer in full firefighter gear pointing to something offscreen in a scene from \u200bFire Country\u200b.

Jules Latimer in a scene from Fire Country

Photo credit: Bettina Strauss/CBS

Last Book Read:Luster by Raven Leilani. Sooooo good.

Latest Accomplishment: I recently got engaged to my partner of four years and became an aunt for a second time. Lots of new beginnings and babies.

Fun Fact: I worked as a counter person at a sandwich/coffee shop in New York City called Court Street Grocers and was so inspired when I worked there, I strongly considered becoming a chef. Then I ran into a teacher I loved, and they told me I was stupid for not acting. So I quit.

Favorite Quote: “If you are free, you are not predictable and you are not controllable.”—June Jordan

Fire Country airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Stephanie Arcila

Stephanie Arcila\u2019s headshot for the new CBS show Fire Country.

Stephanie Arcila of Fire Country

Photo credit: Joanna DeGeneres

Show:Fire Country

Character: Gabriela, a determined and disciplined Olympic diver

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Hobby: I am certified as a breathwork facilitator. I work with a nonprofit called Immigrant Defenders (IMMDEF), which helps kids seeking asylum. The counselor that works with the kids asks them if they’d be interested in sound healing/ breathwork; if they say yes then I help facilitate it. It’s beautiful to watch these kids be so willing to try it and to use it as a tool in their lives moving forward.

Stephanie Arcila and Kevin Alejandro embrace in front of a political rally in the new CBS show Fire Country.

Stephanie Arcila as Arabella Perez and Kevin Alejandro as Manny Perez in Fire Country.

Photo credit: Bettina Strauss/CBS

Last Book Read:One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Latest Accomplishment: This job. Don’t give up, y’all. Dreams do come true.

Fun Fact: My parents didn’t want me in this industry, so they put me in a lot of sports when I was young: boxing, gymnastics, figure skating, dance, soccer, judo, flag football.

Favorite Quote: “You can fail at what you don’t want to do, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” —Jim Carrey

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