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Photography by Catie Laffoon.

Star Trek: Picard star Alison Pill shares her favorite earthly delights.

By Carrie Bell

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2020.

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

1. A Favorite Podcast

I listen to Reply All, which explains internet culture in a really interesting way. Yes, I have to have a podcast to explain things like memes to me. I am officially a millennial, but I don't feel of the millennials. There's a difference between a millennial who grew up with a cellphone and one who did not. I did not. It was a big deal when my family got our first cellphone.

Reply All podcast album art.

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2. My Rescue Pup

Hiking with my rescue dog, Henry Chirpa, makes me happy. At the shelter where I was volunteering, he didn't get to go on super-big walks. The first time I took him out on a hike, he was like, This is the coolest! Now he's always psyched about a hike unless it's too hot. In which case nobody wants to hike.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Alison Pill.

3. Nutritional Yeast

I am 99% vegan. A go-to ingredient is nutritional yeast with its cheesy, ferment-y flavor. It's great on popcorn. You can mix it up with cauliflower to make a really good, creamy pasta sauce. And it has a lot of vitamin B. Nutritional yeast is your friend.

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4. Co-Star Sir Patrick Stewart

Getting to hang out with Sir Patrick Stewart [on the Star Trek set] hits every nerd bone in my body. You get to hear Shakespeare quoted all the livelong day and listen to [fellow co-star] Brent Spiner's impression of him, which is crazy good, while also realizing you're sitting with Picard. It's sci-fi nerdiness and theater geek happiness rolled into one.

Sir Patrick Stewart and Alison Pill on the set of Star Trek: Picard.

Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/CBS.

5. Local Writers

My favorite form of entertainment is reading a good novel. Whatever city I go to, I try to read some local literature while I'm there. Books are a wonderful way to learn more about a place and its people. Reading Václav Havel's Letters to Olga while visiting Prague, wandering around looking at amazing architecture and bridges, was very special.

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6. Actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge

She's my hero right now. Fleabag, Killing Eve, all the shows that she has a hand in, I'm like, I will watch you forever. [She's] the most astute observer of humanity and makes everything funny. Even sad things. And she's my age. I feel terribly unaccomplished.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge holding Emmy Award wins.

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7. Singing Out Loud

If I don't do karaoke at least once a month, I get antsy. I'm like, There's a song inside me and it needs to get out! My friends and I also do improv musicals where we come up with a bare-bones construction of a musical story and then improvise the entirety of it in my friend's living room.

Karaoke microphone and stage lights.

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READ MORE: CBS All Access Expands Its Star Trek Universe With The Launch Of Star Trek: Picard

Actress Alison Pill of Star Trek: Picard.

Photography by Catie Laffoon.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2020.

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Photography by Tom Corbett.

Looking for unique ways to woo your sweetheart? From culinary classes and wine tasting to Sin City adventures, get Valentine's Day inspired by your favorite CBS stars.

Sean Murray in Las Vegas.

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Step right up for fun and games

Sami Gayle in front the Ferries Wheel in Coney Island.

Photography by Adrienne Raquel.

Hit the boardwalk, share cotton candy, and ride the ferris wheel!

Sami Gayle in Coney Island, New York.

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Life's a beach!

Wilmer Valderrama on the beach.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Spend a day at the beach and catch some waves. If you're in cold weather take this opportunity to get away and savor a warm day.

Wilmer Valderrama Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Love song

Alex O'Loughlin playing the guitar on the beach.

Photography by Emily Shur.

Serenade your sweetie.

Alex O'Loughlin in Kona, Hawaii.

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Dreamy destination

Violett Beane standing at the foot of a pier in Maine.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Pack your bags and have an adventure. Get away this Valentine's Day and go somewhere you've never been before. Be spontaneous!

Violett Beane in Portland, Maine.

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Music to our ears

Matt LeBlanc standing in front of a juke box.

Photography by Peter Yang.

Keep it low-key and hang out with your BFF. Valentine's Day is also a day to enjoy the company of friends.

Matt LeBlanc at Cadillac Jacks vintage diner in Los Angeles.

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Grape expectations

Christine Baranski in the Tuscan countryside.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Go wine tasting and take in the gorgeous scenery.

Christine Baranski in Tuscany, Italy.

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Let sparks fly

Thomas Sadoski making a fire.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Make a fire, cozy up, and cuddle.

Thomas Sadoski in upstate New York.

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Rocky mountain high!

Matthew Gray Gubler on the ski slope.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Grab your skis or snowboard and adventure down a mountain together. Hello, feel-good endorphins!

Matthew Gray Gubler in Park City, Utah.

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Row, row, row your boat

Chris O'Donnell rowing a boat in front of a castle.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Take them to a castle and watch fairytales come true together!

Chris O'Donnell at Ashford Castle in Ireland.

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A spot of tea

Lucy Liu drinking a cup of tea in bed.

Photography by Ruven Afanador.

Good morning! Surprise her with breakfast in bed. There's nothing like being pampered!

Lucy Liu at The Carlyle in New York City.

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Happy hour

Paget Brewster, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook enjoying martinis.

Photography by Matt Hoyle.

Girls just have wanna have fun! Meet up for drinks with your best girlfriends.

Paget Brewster, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook in Washington D.C.

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Night out on the town

Christopher Jackson in a tux and fedora hat.

Photography by David Needleman.

"Pick you up at 8?" Meet for the first time again. Make it a romantic date night. Get a few drinks and remember how you fell in love.

Christopher Jackson in New York City.

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Shop till you drop

Allison Janney and Anna Faris shopping in Paris.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Grab your mom and go shopping. Treat yourself!

Allison Janney and Anna Faris in Paris.

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Picnic perfect

Brian Dietzen with a romantic picnic spread.

Photography by Ian Derry.

Grab a blanket, pack lunch, and have a picnic. Simple and romantic, show your lovebug that this day is to be spent just with them.

Brian Dietzen in London.

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Natural beauty

Emily Wickersham frolicking in the forest.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Enjoy nature and frolic in the woods.

Emily Wickersham in Sonoma, California.

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Ticket to ride

Alex O'Loughlin on a motorcycle.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

Take out your leather jacket and show off your rugged side.

Alex O'Loughlin on Oahu, Hawaii.

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Workout buddy

Shemar Moores sitting on a yoga mat.

Photography Kwaku Alston.

Nothing like a good sweat session with your sweetie to start off the day right!

Shemar Moore in Maui.

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Bear necessities

Patricia Heaton surrounded by lots of teddy bears.

Photography by Andrew Eccles.

Surprise your sweetheart with a bunch of cuddly teddy bears!

Patricia Heaton in Los Angeles.

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Chic romantique

Beth Behrs posing in front of the Parisian skyline.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Escape to the City of Light. J'adore!

Beth Behrs in Paris.

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Joy ride

LL COOL J standing in front of a porsche.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Take a drive down memory lane.

LL COOL J in Beverly Hills.

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Express yourselves

Jay Hernandez in Mexico.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Explore a different part of the world together, like caliente Cancún in the Mexican Riviera.

Jay Hernandez in Mexico.

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Disco ball

Sonequa Martin-Green leaning against a disco ball.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville.

Get dressed up and go out dancing!

Sonequa Martin-Green in Los Angeles.

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Hit the links

Chris O'Donnell golfing.

Photography by David Needleman.

Take the afternoon off to play a round or two of golf.

Chris O'Donnell in Newport Beach, California.

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Foodie fun

Sami Gayle holding a whisk.

Photography by Timothy Kuratek.

Whip up a delicious meal or dessert. Even better, take a cooking class together!

Sami Gayle at L'École Valrhona Brooklyn culinary school in New York City.

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Be our Valentine

Sean Murrray standing in the "O" of the LOVE art installation.

Photography by Tom Corbett.

Make memories! What's not to love about this perfect photo op?

Sean Murray in Las Vegas.

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Photo Credit: Gordon Lonsdale (Pounder); Ashley Lorraine Photography (Paintings).

NCIS: New Orleans star and art collector CCH Pounder takes us inside her captivating, colorful world.

By John Griffiths

Sometimes life just is art. Especially if you're estimable actress CCH Pounder, who—after notching a day of playing coroner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans—comes home to a vast array of paintings, sculptures, and tapestries that adorn her walls, floors, tables, cabinets, counters, and chairs. Some of her chairs are art pieces and presented as such, mounted in all their ornate, colorful glory alongside framed sketches in the star's two-story Big Easy abode.

 

Acrylic and charcoal on paper artwork by artist Bambo Sibiya.

Street Barbershop (triptych), 2018 by artist Bambo Sibiya. Acrylic and charcoal on paper.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

In her living room can be found two giant wooden statues of Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god who cares for the dead. "I'm really lucky to have high ceilings," a laughing Pounder says of the place she's inhabited since 2017. Back at her former home in L.A., those mega-statues "used to scrape at the top."

Meanwhile her kitchen, she doesn't mind saying, is "jammed" with fantastical Ardmore ceramics—vases, urns, and teapots festooned with tiny tigers and elephants handmade by South African artists. Her overall art collection of more than 500 pieces takes up half her first floor "and three storage rooms outside, too!"

 

Free Woman Of Color by American artist Pamela Mower-Conner.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

"CC," as she likes to be called, says her favorite type of art is the kind that "tells a story." So her collection is rife with portraitures, many of them of females. "At one point my husband [fellow art-lover Boubacar Koné, who passed away in 2016] said, 'I've only got one wife, but I'm looking at all of these women here—what's going on?!'"

 

Sculpture by late Jamaican artist Gene Pearson.

First Wife by late Jamaican artist Gene Pearson.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

One of her prized pieces, a striking stone bust by the late Jamaican artist Gene Pearson, is titled First Wife. "Her look, at least to me, is very powerful," says Pounder. Outside a bedroom, say hello to a large, heart-shaped quasi-mask showing a woman in serene slumber. "She says, 'This is a place to sleep in,'" Pounder quips of the piece by Haiti's François Cauvin

  

Painting of a woman doing laundry by Congolese artist Mayemba.

The Laundress by Congolese artist Mayemba.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

She's placed Congolese artist Mayemba's The Laundress, a vibrant painting of a young woman mysteriously distracted from her bin of soaking clothes, right beneath a portrait of fearless abolitionist Harriet Tubman. "I recently discovered that [Tubman] became a laundress herself," says a still-surprised Pounder. "After all the running and magnificent kind of cowboying she did, her life settled into a rather quiet—well, I'm assuming quiet—life."

 

Painting of woman staring at a tray of coffee and half a corncob.

Awake by Nigerian-Brit artist Ndidi Emefiele.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

More personal is the stark Awake, a voyeuristic peek at a woman staring at a tray of coffee and half a corncob. The painting, by Nigerian-Brit Ndidi Emefiele, "speaks to me about my colonial past and Western future and present," says Pounder, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana. "Not that I was eating roasted corn growing up—that's a decidedly African breakfast. But the woman, with her coffee cup, is in this sort of dual world."

Look closely and you'll see a little bird popping out of that cup. Says Pounder with delight: "Birds represent messengers."

 

Painting of heart-shaped quasi-mask showing a woman in serene slumber.

Sleep by Haitian artist Francois Cauvin.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

The worldly CCH (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder, who attended boarding school in England and studied acting at New York's Ithaca College, almost opted for a painting career herself. "I was conflicted with these two great, measly paying art forms!" Nabbing the role of a nurse in 1979's All That Jazz sealed her fate. (Later came an Emmy nomination for The Shield.)

So, to satisfy her other yen, she took to throwing dinner parties to trumpet talented starving-artist pals in her cramped apartments (first in NYC, then L.A.). "I would call my friends and say, 'Come and get a painting!'"

 

Painting of black women by artist Mouhamadou Dia. \u200b

Sous Sous by Senegalese artist Mouhamadou Dia.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

She's long been most keen on contemporary African art. "I like works by artists that reflect the state of the world that they're in. Western art is floating off into the interior world and talking about highly intellectual things—which does not interest me at the moment."

Pounder definitely has an eye. She's helped put several young masters-to-be on the map. For a time she and her husband owned a gallery in L.A., and they also built a museum, the Musée Boribana, in his hometown, Dakar, Senegal, which they gifted to the nation in 2014. (She's heading there this summer to visit the Dakar Biennale art festival.)

 

Sculpture of African woman by late German artist Luise Kimme.

Marianne by late German artist Luise Kimme.

Photo Credit: Ashley Lorraine Photography.

CCH Pounder is reprising her big-screen role as Queen Mo'at in Avatar's two upcoming sequels, yet she does make time to doodle. "I keep books of ideas, and some day I'm going to sit back and paint them." And, apparently, N'awlins' spirits also love art. "My house keeps talking to me. I think eventually she's gonna push me out and become a gallery."

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2020.

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Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we've got a little treat guaranteed to make you smile, regardless of your relationship status. Watch! compiled many of your favorite TV crushes—check out these gorgeous pics of CBS stars (like Beth Behrs above)—that we can't help falling in love with all over again.

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Portrait of a lady

Emily Wickersham holding a pink rose and wearing a feathered designer gown

Photography by Ian Derry.

Emily Wickersham, we are channeling your glamour and poise.

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Vibrant culture

Sami Gayle of Blue Bloods smiling in purple and orange

Photography by Adrienne Raquel.

Bright lips, bold dress... Can't lose. Sami Gayle pulls it off like none other.

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Gorgeous smile

LL COOL J of NCIS Los Angeles smiling in black on black tuxedo with hat

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

LL COOL J's smile has us swooning.

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California girl

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in animal print gown in garden

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah looks breathtakingly beautiful in sunny Santa Barbara.

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Fast friends

Cush Jumbo and Christine Baranski in red ball gowns.

Photography by Kristian Schuller.

Cush Jumbo and Christine Baranski are stunning in Valentine's Day red.

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Fun and games

Eric Christian Olsen of NCIS Los Angeles holding bubble guns

Photography by Adam Secore.

We're locked and loaded for Valentine's Day, thanks to Eric Christian Olsen.

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Lady in red

AJ Cook of Criminal Minds in fitted red dress on balcony

Photography by Christopher Ross.

If Valentine's Day had a red carpet, A.J. Cook would steal the show.

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Free spirit

Matthew Gray Gubler in pajamas jumping on bed

Photography by John P. Filo.

Matthew Gray Gubler's carefree sense of fun is on full display.

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Global glam

Bridget Moynahan sitting on desk holding a globe on her finger.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

The whole world is at Bridget Moynahan's fingertips.

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Girls' weekend

Allison Janney and Anna Faris of Mom laughing in a hotel hallway in Paris

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Allison Janney and Anna Faris are having a blast in Paris. Oui! Oui!

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Humble nature

Thomas Sadoski in jeans on a tractor

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Thomas Sadoski is all rugged good looks and country cool.

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We love Lucy!

Lucy Liu of Elementary in red floppy hat drinking champagne

Photography by Ruven Afanador.

Timeless and classy, Lucy Liu shows us how it is done.

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Creature comforts

Brian Dietzen of NCIS reading and drinking in a library

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Good book and a night cap, Brian Dietzen?

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Give us Moore.

Shemar Moore of SWAT in silk pajamas with open shirt

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore makes us S.W.O.O.N.

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Paint the town red

Pauley Perrette in a red dress sitting on a red sofa.

Photography by Mark Mann.

Pauley Perrette is stunning in scarlet.

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Sign. SEAL. Deliver.

David Boreanaz of SEAL Team in t shirt next to mirror

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Here's looking at you, David Boreanaz!

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Family matters

Cast of Blue Bloods packing up a station wagon

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Happiness is... the whole family together!

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Infectious laughter

Christine Baranski of The Good Fight in red and white dress with red hat and gloves

Photography by Pavel Havlicek.

Christine Baranski's laugh is infectious.

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Hot rod

Adam Rodriguez of Criminal Minds in leather jacket with blue sportscar

Photography by Michael Parmelee.

Adam Rodriguez is hotter than ever!

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Good times

Rose Leslie of The Good Fight in chunky orange sweater and hat

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Rose Leslie brings joy to everything she does!

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Set phasers to stunning

Sonequa Martin Green of Star Trek Discovery in sheer slate beaded dress

Photography by Marie H. Rainville.

Let's be real, we fall for Sonequa Martin-Green every time.

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Everything's coming up roses!

Beth Behrs of The Neighborhood with falling rose petals.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Beth Behrs always makes our hearts skip a beat.

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