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By Marc Berman

For five seasons, fans of The CW's Jane the Virgin knew Jaime Camil as the exaggerated Rogelio de la Vega, a self-involved, famous telenovela star and Jane's (Gina Rodriguez) biological father. For any performer, it was the role of a lifetime and an opportunity for Camil to flex his comedy acting chops.

Gina Rodriguez, Jaime Camil, and Andrea Navarro from Jane the Virgin.

Gina Rodriguez as Jane, Jaime Camil as Rogelio, and Andrea Navedo as Xo in Jane the Virgin.

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At present, Camil is centerstage on new CBS multi-camera sitcom Broke, both as an actor and an executive producer. Broke follows the lives of Jackie (Pauley Perrette), a single and independent suburban mother, who finds her life turned upside down after her estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero), her sister's formerly wealthy, big-hearted husband, Javier (Jaime Camil), and Javier's combination assistant/driver/friend, Luis (Izzy Diaz), land on her doorstep in need of a place to live after the couple's money dries up.

Watch spoke to Jaime Camil about his new show, his role in front of and behind the camera, his the experience of working with his new cast members, his love of music, and that one show he is currently binging.

Broke premieres on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Antonio Raul Corbo, and Jaime Camil on the set of TV show Broke.

Pauley Perrette as Jackie, Antonio Corbo as Sammy, Natasha Leggero as Elizabeth, Jaime Camil as Javier, Izzy Diaz as Luis in CBS' new comedy Broke.

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1. Who's your biggest inspiration?

I have to say I am the man that I am thanks to the upbringing and the education I have received from my parents. Now that I am a Dad, I understand that the character, the temperament, and the very well calibrated moral and ethical guidelines I received can be passed down to my kids. The foundation that I have is thanks to my Mom and my Dad. And then, along the way, my wife and some friends helped to define my life and my personality.

Actor Jaime Camil wearing a suit and sitting on a stool.

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2. Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your new show Broke on CBS and your character Javier.

Imagine doing a show about a family that has to live and stay under the same roof together. It doesn't get more relatable than that, particularly now. Broke has a lot of heart, and what you will see is how the characters connect emotionally amongst themselves and, hopefully, within the audience. It's a family show, and a half-hour I am proud to sit down and watch with my family.

Javier is a very endearing character. If people enjoyed Rogelio de la Vega, my character on Jane the Virgin, then I think they will identify with Javier and my very distinctive way of approaching comedy. Javier is different from Rogelio, of course. He is not as flamboyant. He doesn't wear lavender all the time. And he doesn't think he rules the universe. But my familiar comedic characteristics will be present.

Actor Jamie Camil smiling

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3. How does it feel to be an EP and have a starring role on the new CBS comedy Broke?

To be honest, I have always produced in one way or another on my projects. Now, though, I do have the official credit on the show. And to be featured in a comedy of this caliber on CBS, not to mention being involved in the creative process, is a true honor and certainly a great opportunity. We are very lucky that we completed our 13-episode order before this coronavirus hit. We even had time to do our season one wrap-up.

4. What was the first day on set like? First scene you filmed? Any memories or fun stories?

The same energy we had on Jane the Virgin is here on Broke. It is really a love fest; I can't think of a better word. We have all heard about those Hollywood horror stories how the leads can't stand each other. But we all get along. We all care about each other, and I think that very element translates in the finished product. We were immediately comfortable and having fun on the set and simply thankful that we all have jobs.

Natasha Leggero, Pauley Perrette , Jaime Camil, Antonio Raul Corbo, and Izzy Diaz on the set of TV show Broke.

Natasha Leggero as Elizabeth, Pauley Perrette as Jackie, Jaime Camil as Javier, Antonio Raul Corbo as Sammy, Izzy Diaz as Luis in Broke.

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5. Tell us about your co-stars Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Antonio Raul Corbo, and Izzy Diaz.

These actors are truly sweethearts. They are so gifted; they are so giving; and as castmates we just like to give to each other. Each has their own personality, and we make sure that we all shine and we all bring our best on set. The pilot already felt like a truly established show just shooting another episode. And I believe that Izzy will be the standout character. What Sean Hayes was to Will & Grace is how I think Izzy will resonate on Broke.

Actor Jaime Camil in a T-shirt and jeans.

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6. Why did you decide to become an actor?

Actually, I really wanted to be a singer. I have albums out there, but when I was asked to be lead on a sitcom in Mexico I figured if I was on screen I could sell shows with my band. And then another acting opportunity came, and another one, and more, and I believe it was life telling me this was the direction I needed to go. So, you could say it was accident, but I always knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I just began at a different category in the beginning.

7. You started your career as a singer and we got to see some of that talent in Jane The Virgin. What song is most likely to be heard coming from your dressing room? Will Javier be having any musical moments on Broke too?

Oh yes on Javier…I will be singing in an upcoming Cinco de Mayo episode, in a funny kind of way. And, from my dressing room you might be hearing a tune or two, both current and from the soundtrack of my life, here and there. It's a great form of fun and relaxation.

8. What's on your music playlist right now?

Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth, in particular. I guess I like pop music and rhythm & blues. But I do enjoy all types of genres.

Actor Jaime Camil wearing a flannel.

Photo Credit: Fer Piña.

9. When not filming Broke or when being coronavirus quarantined as we all are now, what do you like to do? (Do you have a hidden talent, passion project, or creative pursuit that your fans may not know about you?)

I like extreme sports and I enjoy riding my motorcycle. We have a boat in Marina del Rey and we like to go to Catalina Island. And, really, my passion is my family. Anything I can do with my family is on the top of my list, particularly as my kids grow up.

10. What TV shows are you currently binge-watching or catching up on?

I started binge watching Tiger King on Netflix. Oh my God! It's like an alternate universe. It is just insane, great, disturbing, real; it's all the feelings in one show. And I am happy that Ozark has come back. I cannot wait to start Season 3.

Actor Jaime Camil in a gray suit.

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11. You speak four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. What's your advice for someone who wants to learn a new language … either young or later in life? What's your favorite thing about each of these languages? Will Javier be a polyglot on Broke?

I would suggest just diving into any new language you want to learn without hesitation. You are going to make mistakes. You are going to get corrected. And are probably going to screw up big time. But that is the way to learn and embrace it. And, I do believe Javier also speaks Spanish; maybe Italian. He has been around, and he used to have properties in Italy and in other places. So, I imagine he has a multi-language capacity.

What I personally like is singing in English, which is a language that really flows from one word to another. Spanish is a romantic language, and I love how rich the vocabulary is.

Actor Jaime Camil sitting on a sitting chair and smiling.

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12. Describe how you felt when you first read the Broke script? If you had to describe the show in three words, what would you pick?

Fun, family, and heart. And these are the three words why I think Broke will be a success. IT has them all.

Broke premieres on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Brantley Bardin

His friends call him Tommy, so when Thomas Sadoski was first asked if he was interested in joining a new show called Tommy starring Edie Falco, he remembers saying, "Edie Falco is playing me? That's not a direction I would have thought to go … but I'm all about it!"

Married to actress Amanda Seyfried, with whom he has a 3-year-old daughter, Sadoski has been blessed with a career as a Tony-nominated stage, film, and TV actor. Now, fresh off of CBS' Life in Pieces, he has indeed joined the Tommy team, although he's left the eponymous starring role to Falco, who plays a hotshot New York City detective turned L.A.'s first female chief of police, Abigail Thomas.

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski.

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski.

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Sadoski steps in to play Mayor Buddy Gray, an often antagonistic, ethically torn politician forced to hire Thomas when his last chief is caught in a sex scandal. Says Sadoski of the engrossing blend of cop show, procedural, and family drama created by two-time Oscar nominee Paul Attanasio: "This isn't all detectives and beat cops. It's a behind-the-scenes look at what's going on in the police department, with main characters who are PR people, scriptwriters, and other employees of the mayor's office." And, he adds, "The vibe on the set is incredible!"

Watch Tommy on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS. Stream full episodes of CBS All Access.

Thomas Sadoski and Edie Falco on the set of TV show Tommy.

Thomas Sadoski as Mayor Buddy Gray and Edie Falco as Abigail "Tommy" Thomas in new CBS drama Tommy.

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Well, Edie Falco is spectacular, so—

Yes! And when you have a great writer like Paul, and Edie as your number one? This was a no-brainer. It's exactly what I want to be doing.

Thomas Sadoski in a suit.

Joseph Lyle Taylor as Doug Dudik and Thomas Sadoski as Mayor Buddy Gray in the new CBS drama Tommy.

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How would you describe Buddy?

He is a politician with all the good and the bad that goes with that. He's at a crossroads in terms of what it means to continue being a person in power and a person of integrity. Both things are at constant war within him.

Which gets him and Tommy into some riveting push-and-pull games.

Constant push and pull. When they're on the same page, they're unstoppable. When they're in opposition, it's cataclysmic.

Thomas Sadoski and Edie Falco on the set of TV show Tommy.

Thomas Sadoski as Mayor Buddy Gray and Edie Falco as Abigail "Tommy" Thomas in Tommy.

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With Tommy being a female police chief and an out lesbian, the show is inherently feminist. I follow the axiom "Real men are feminists." Do you?

Well, yeah. Any man who's scared of female empowerment is saying more about themselves than about a woman in power.

Edie Falco in a police uniform.

In Tommy, multiple Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco stars as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles.

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You were set to star in a new Broadway play, Grand Horizons, right about now but pulled out. Tommy's 12 episodes will all have been shot, so why leave?

Because my lovely wife is working on the new David Fincher movie, and I need to be present for our daughter—and for Amanda—during that time. It's a perpetual negotiation between art and what we need to do to be the kind of parents and partners we want to be. What we do for a living comes very much second. That's not necessarily always true in this industry.

What? I'm shocked!

Right? [Laughs.] We're both from blue collar backgrounds, and we take pride in that and work hard for everything we've been able to accomplish. And we take family very, very seriously. I was talking to my manager the other day and said, "The places I used to find inspiration and fulfillment were always onstage." And that's not to say that still doesn't happen. It's just that when I wake up and see my daughter, that feeling is greater than I have ever known.

Thomas Sadoski on the set of Tommy.

Thomas Sadoski as Mayor Buddy Gray.

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You were born in New Haven, Connecticut, but grew up in College Station, Texas, home of the Texas A&M Aggies. That's where you first fell in love with community theater, but I hear you're a big jock, too.

I'm a huge football, baseball, and soccer fan, and I am not afraid to park my ass in front of a TV. [Laughs.] One of the greatest moments of my life was when I was single-daddying it. My daughter looked at me and said, "Dad, can I watch soccer with you?" I almost wept! I can be a real softie, but a real jock, too.

Thomas Sadoski sitting on a tractor.

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Dream combo. One last question. Tommy tackles a slew of serious topics, such as illegal immigration, police brutality, and sex trafficking, but it's also—

—extremely entertaining. The issues we deal with aren't going to strip away your ability to enjoy yourself on a Thursday evening—Tommy's actually going to enhance your ability!

Watch Tommy on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS. Stream full episodes of CBS All Access.

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Reporting by Malcolm Venable

Known for her role of Grace Turner on The Young and the Restless, and now a fan favorite on The Bold and the Beautiful as middle sister Donna Logan, actor Jennifer Gareis dazzles on Daytime television—and feature films and primetime TV!

Watch interviewed the versatile actor about her inspiration, favorite story lines, and memories from her first day on the B&B set. Here's what we learned about the Daytime veteran.

The Bold and the Beautiful airs Weekdays at 1:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Jennifer Gareis in a wedding scene of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan on Daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

Funny thing: I won a beauty pageant on a whim. Then one thing happened after another and it just fell into place.

Jennifer Gareis of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Jill Johnson/JPI Studios.

Who's your biggest inspiration?

Susan Flannery. She was always so amazing, and my mentor when I started the show. She just had this unique outlook on every scene and she set me straight.

Susan Flannery and Jennifer Gareis on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Susan Flannery as Stephanie Douglas Forrester and Jennifer Gareis as Donna Logan on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

What's your favorite The Bold and the Beautiful storyline?

I think the best storyline would be with frenemy Pamela Douglas (played by Alley Mills). She's a friend, but all the tricks she would pull on me!

Alley Mills and Jennifer Gareis of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Alley Mills and Jennifer Gareis of The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Do you remember your first day on set? Any memories or fun stories?

Yes. I was in lingerie doing a strip tease. How do you forget that?

Soap star Jennifer Gareis doing a strip tease.

Jennifer Gareis in early scene as Donna Logan in Daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI Studios.

When not filming The Bold and the Beautiful, what do you like to do?

I'm reading Spider-Man a lot to my son.

The Bold and the Beautiful airs Weekdays at 1:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on CBS. Stream full episodes on CBS All Access.

Jennifer Gareis in a red dress.

Photo Credit: Howard Wise/JPI Studios.

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Reporting by Malcolm Venable

If you haven't tuned in to out-of this-world-drama series Star Trek: Discovery—we recommend that you start binge-watching, stat! Watch interviewed cast member Wilson Cruz and chatted about his role on the U.S.S. Discovery, first day on set, and how yoga keeps him fit and focused.

Stream Star Trek: Discovery exclusively on CBS All Access.

 

Wilson Cruz posing in front of a Star Trek: Discovery poster.

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Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your character on Star Trek: Discovery? How has he evolved over the years?

We'll see more growth and understanding of who Doctor Hugh Culber is in the Season 3. We'll see him grow in terms of his position on the ship and his involvement with other people. His work takes on a new element of responsibility in terms of mental health of the cast.

 

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber on the set of Star Trek: Discovery.

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber in the CBS All Access original series Star Trek: Discovery.

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What was the first day on set like? Do you remember the first scene you filmed?

Yes, absolutely! They put me in this white suit and told me that I'm going walk through those mythical doors; that I'm going to come out onto the bridge of the Starship and deliver my first line. And I said, "Huh?"

Anthony [Rapp] was in the scene with me and he said, "Just say the words you memorized, you'll be fine." I was mesmerized. In awe.

 

Doug Jones, Wilson Cruz, and Anthony Rapp on the set of Star Trek: Discovery.

Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru; Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber; and Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Stamets of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

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Why did you decide to become an actor?

I don't think I ever decided to become an actor. I think I gave in to the fact that it was the thing I needed to do. I am a slave to it, but then I receive all the reward.

 

Anson Mount; Ethan Peck; Wilson Cruz; Sonequa Martin-Green on the set of TV show Star Trek: Discovery.

Anson Mount as Captain Pike; Ethan Peck as Spock; Wilson Cruz as Culber; Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

Photo Credit: Steve Wilkie/CBS.

When not filming Star Trek: Discovery what do you like to do?

I'm a big yoga person. I start my day with it every day. I love a good workout. It's cleansing for me. It takes me out of my head and forces me to get in touch with the physical.

Stream Star Trek: Discovery exclusively on CBS All Access.

 

Wilson Cruz as Culber on Star Trek: Discovery.

Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber in the CBS All Access original series Star Trek: Discovery.

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