Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in vintage yellow one piece swimsuit
Photography by Cliff Lipson

Like her character, Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah blends feminine mystique and tomboy tough—in fact, she's dabbled in doing her own stunts. Our investigation of NCIS: Los Angeles' sexy star reveals a fascinating and stunningly versatile actress, who gets even more gorgeous (if that's possible) in these fashion photos.

Scroll to see her glamorous pics for Watch! Magazine on location at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, plus learn fascinating tidbits about Daniela Ruah.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2012.

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Heaven scent

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in blue floral ballgown in flower garden

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Fun fact: Daniela Ruah never walks out of her set trailer without putting on perfume. One of her favorite fragrances? Bombshell.

Let me entertain you.

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in bright blue dress with neon platforms and pink bag

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Born in Boston but raised mostly in her parents' native Portugal, Ruah decided early on that, despite coming from a family of doctors, she wanted to perform.

Action figure

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in sunglasses with rhinestone drop earrings

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Like her character, Ruah prefers to be at the center of the action. She's been known to plead with the stunt coordinator to let her do as many of her own stunts as possible.

Real character

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in yellow swimsuit with chunky colored stone bracelet

Photography by Cliff Lipson

"Kensi's not too far off from who I am. The longer I play her, the more we jell into each other." —Daniela Ruah

Casting call

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in blue dress with hot pink sunglasses

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Daniela Ruah got her first big acting break on a popular Portugese soap opera.

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Soap dish

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in American flag dress

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"A lot of people joke about soap operas, but there's no better training. In no [other] job will you have as many lines to learn, in as short an amount of time, with as complicated a plot. It was the biggest lesson of my life." —Daniela Ruah

Dancing queen

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in sculptural yellow dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Fun fact: Inspired by her love of dance, Ruah competed on—and won!—the first season of Danca Comigo, Portugal's version of Dancing with the Stars.

Budding linguist

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in navy fitted gown

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Besides acting chops, Daniela Ruah has great language skills. She's fluent in English and Portugese, and speaks conversational Spanish and French.

California dreamin'

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in blue leather dress and hot pink sunglasses with palm trees

Photography by Cliff Lipson

On her first trip to Los Angeles, which happened to be for her NCIS: Los Angeles call back, she got the gig.

Sistine Chapel dreams

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in leopard print gown

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Fun fact: She is a big fan of Renaissance art, namely Michelangelo's.

Memorable vacation

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in white blouse and safari shorts

Photography by Cliff Lipson

She loves to travel and besides home (Lisbon, Portugal), one of her favorite destinations is Cuba.

Career ambition

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles smiling in pink sunglasses

Photography by Cliff Lipson

"The goal is to work as much as possible in projects I respect and that will help me grow. No actor has a flawless career, but in the long term, I'd like my name to be synonymous with good quality." —Daniela Ruah

Fun in the sun with this fabulous secret agent woman

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in yellow swimsuit at sunset

Photography by Cliff Lipson

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2012.

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