Daniela Ruah in an elegant red dress stretched across a table smiling at camera.
Photography by Cliff Lipson | Styled by Jordan Grossman.

Exclusive interview snippets from the actress who plays Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles.

You may know her as the woman who has been (spoiler alert!) kidnapped, thrown into a coma, and plopped into Afghanistan to stop an assassin on the CBS's hit drama NCIS: Los Angeles.

Like her TV counterpart, Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah is just as tough in real life.

The stunning Portuguese actress sat down with Watch! to discuss her eventful upbringing, career ambition, and living life to the fullest. Here's a look at her exclusive cover story and interview in our March-April 2018 issue, on newsstands now!

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"I'm always competitive, but if I didn't win fair and square, I didn't win. And I want to win if I'm genuinely better than my competitor." – Daniela Ruah on her drive and dancing in the spotlight

Daniela Ruah in a flowing red dress caught in mid ballet leap.

Photography by Cliff Lipson | Styled by Jordan Grossman.

"Dave and I share the philosophy that it's our job to show our kids the world, and then it's theirs to let us know what they love about it and we'll focus on those things. And every decision we make, whether it is about disciplining them or appreciating something they've done, it all comes from a place of extreme love." – Daniela Ruah on how she and her husband approach parenting

Daniela Ruah in a black sequin dress with many strategic cutouts.

Photography by Cliff Lipson | Styled by Jordan Grossman.

"LL COOL J said to me, 'On your deathbed, are you going to be worrying about how much sugar you shouldn't have eaten, or are you going to be thinking about the people you love?'" – Daniela Ruah on healthy eating habits balanced with guilt-free pleasures

Daniela Ruah poolside in a black evening gown.

Photography by Cliff Lipson | Styled by Jordan Grossman.

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Read what other cool things Watch! uncovered about Daniela Ruah in the March-April 2018 issue, on newsstands now.

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Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.