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Five Questions With Magnum P.I. Star Perdita Weeks

Get to know the actor who plays Juliet Higgins on CBS's new high-octane Magnum P.I. reboot.

Reporting by Marc Berman

If you haven't tuned in to CBS's new modern take of classic drama series Magnum P.I., we recommend you make that your Monday night mission.

Watch! met up with cast member Perdita Weeks at TCA press tour this summer, and chatted about her new role, Hawaii, and being bit by the acting bug.

Perdita Weeks and co-star Jay Hernandez promoting Magnum P.I. at Comic-Con.

Credit: Randee St. Nicholas

Watch! is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your new role. Besides Magnum P.I., what TV shows are you into?

My character was originally played by a man, John Hillerman. And the writers are trying to give it a more modern slant with a female perspective. It is an interesting progression.

I am currently binge watching The Handmaid's Tale and The Good Fight. There is just so much good TV at the moment. And I really need to catch up with The Walking Dead

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Perdita Weeks plays beautiful and commanding disavowed MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, who keeps Thomas Magnum in line, with the help of her two Dobermans.

Credit: Francis Specker/CBS.

STREAM: Full Episodes Of Magnum P.I. On CBS All Access

Who's your biggest inspiration?

Leonardo DiCaprio. He is just a real person and an extraordinary actor, and I admire him so much in so many ways.

Perdita Weeks and Magnum P.I. castmates Jay Hernandez, Zachary Knighton, and Stephen Hill at the CBS Upfront event.

Credit: David Needleman.

When not filming Magnum P.I., what do you like to do?

Hiking–there are just so many wonderful places to hike in Hawaii. Swimming in the sea. And I am learning to surf.

Magnum P.I. cast members kicked off production in Honolulu with a traditional Hawaiian blessing in honor of its host Hawaiian culture.

Credit: Norman Shapiro/CBS.

Why did you decide to become an actor?

It was never really a decision. I did it from when I was age 6. This is just the best job in the world. You get to travel, you meet interesting people, and it can be so much fun.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Oh, that's easy... still on Magnum, P.I. Maybe Higgins will have a couple of children by then.

Perdita Weeks as Juliet Higgins on Magnum P.I. Like her character, Weeks finds solace on the mat and practices yoga regularly.

Credit: Karen Neal/CBS.

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