Photography by F. Scott Schafer.


​Daniela Ruah

\u200bDaniela Ruah wears an elegant black evening dress as she seemingly is emerging from a swimming pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

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​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

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​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

Photography by Andrew Eccles.

Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Photo Credit: Illustration by Nik Neves. Portrait of Daniela Ruah by Cliff Lipson.

By Maria Neuman

The country of Portugal has held a treasured space in Daniela Ruah's heart ever since she lived there from age 5 until she went away to college. "My parents were born and raised in Lisbon, but I grew up just outside the city in a town called Cascais, which is right on the water and beautiful," says the brunette who has played special agent Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles since the show debuted in 2009. "I was there this past summer with my husband and kids for two months, and it's a perfect place to visit if you're a tourist. The Portuguese people are very kind." Here, Ruah gives Watch a true insider scoop on her home away from home.

Daniela Ruah and her son by the seaside.

Daniela Ruah and her son.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Daniela Ruah.

SIGHTSEE, SNACK, REPEAT

The area of Belém is gorgeous and such a monumented district. You've got the CCB [Cultural Center of Belém], which offers performances and art exhibitions. You can visit the ancient Torre de Belém, which is a fortress and gateway to Lisbon. But one place I always recommend is Pastéis de Belém, home of the original nata pastry —a custard tart —since 1837. The bakery's interior has pretty blue and white tiles, which feels so typical of the region; and even though they recently expanded, they are full all the time.

Torre de Belem fortress in Lisbon.

Torre de Belém fortress in Lisbon.

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GO FOR A SEASIDE LUNCH

A restaurant I really love is Darwin's Café. It's right by the water in a cool area of Lisbon, and the decor is gorgeous. There are a ton of great seafood dishes, but my favorite one is simple and traditional: bottleneck clams, olive oil, and cilantro with lots of garlic; they simmer everything in a pan until the clams open up, and it's divine.

Traditional Portuguese Bulhao Pato clams.

Traditional Bulhão Pato clams.

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HIT THE STREETS

I recommend the Alfama neighborhood, one of the oldest parts of Lisbon, with cobblestone streets. There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall restaurants that offer live performances of Fado, a traditional Portuguese music. The singer is accompanied by a 12-string guitar that is difficult to play but so beautiful. Another area that you can walk to from the train station (it's a steep hill but totally doable) is Bairro Alto. Cars barely fit through the narrow roads because they were originally built for a horse and carriage. Tired of walking? Rent a small electrical vehicle called a tuk tuk with a driver to take you around.

Outdoor cafe terrace in Lisbon.

A outdoor café in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon.

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CATCH A WAVE

Portuguese beaches are my favorite in the world. Guincho is the best, with gorgeous sand dunes and lots of places to lie down. The current and the waves can be a little aggressive, so you need to be experienced to surf. Closer to the city along the west coast is Carcavelos, near where I grew up. The beach and the waves are a lot smaller, so if you want to learn to surf, or you have young kids, this is the place.

Guincho Beach in Portugal

Guincho Beach in Portugal.

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ENJOY A COFFEE BREAK

When I'm in Portugal, I go to Sacolinha every day; there were only two of them when I was growing up, but now it's become a small chain. They specialize in pastries, cake, breads, and great coffee.

Sacolinha coffee shop exterior.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sacolinha.

DINE LIKE A LOCAL

My identity with Portugal is very much tied to the food. A favorite restaurant in my hometown is Monte Mar, where my husband and I had our rehearsal dinner. I love their filetes, which is fish and chips fried in a light batter and served with sautéed green beans or broccoli with a squeeze of lemon. For our bridal party, we had a giant cataplana—seafood, rice, spices, and a sauce simmered in a large copper pan. Delicious!

A traditional Portugese Cataplana dish.

A traditional Cataplana dish.

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​TAKE HOME A TASTE OF PORTUGAL

The two things we always bring back from our trip are olive oil and port wine. My husband researches the best olive oils. But for the port wine, we go to the city of Porto, which is a day trip from Lisbon. During our wedding in 2014, we rented a bus and took some of our guests there because all the best port cellars are lined up, side by side, just south of the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia. You walk from vendor to vendor and taste the different ports. We always bring back a few bottles.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

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Photography by Cliff Lipson.


When playing her alter ego Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah can rock a bulletproof vest and a pair of ripped jeans like none other—so it's no surprise that when she dons haute couture the results are to die for. In these glamorous portraits, the NCIS: Los Angeles star is off-duty and licensed to thrill.

Watch has compiled the best, most breathtaking photos from our exclusive cover shoots with the dazzling Daniela Ruah. Scroll to see more stunning pics.

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Stop and stare

Daniela Ruah Looking serious in an plunging black dress as she stands near a pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah's gaze is gasp-inducing.

Perfectly pensive

Daniela Ruah looking serious in an plunging black dress as she stands near a pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Those cheekbones could cut glass and break hearts.

Just a peek

Daniela Ruah in  a pool in a halter-style swim suit.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah knows the best way to spend a sunny day: laying out by the pool and dripping in diamonds.

Lithe as a feather

Daniela Ruah in a feathery blue dress with her hands on her hips

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Her peacock frock is flying high.

Pearly whites

Daniela Ruah smiling bright in a red dress with her hands on her hips

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

We're captivated by Daniela Ruah's sparkling smile.

Classic and chic

Daniela Ruah with an updo in a bright yellow peplum dress infant of a blue and white tiled wall

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star's timeless beauty gives off some serious Jackie O. vibes.

Wild side

Daniela Ruah stranding sideways in a leopard print dress in front of a fountain

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Between the gorgeous scenery, the ferocious animal print, and the devil-may-care hair, this look is an absolute killer.

Safari chic

Daniela Ruah posing against a door archway in camel shorts and a white button down top

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

This sleek look is all about classic cuts and clean lines, but Daniela Ruah's mile-long legs are the real stand out.

Go with the flow

Daniela Ruah twirling in a flowing red gown

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

This gorgeous layered ruby gown reminds us of a tulip in full bloom.

Feast your eyes

Daniela Ruah laying across a table in a floor length red gown

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah stretches out in this decadent display.

Mirror image

Daniela Ruah standing against a wall with a mirror behind her while wearing a scrappy black dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

This slinky black number flatters Daniela Ruah from all angles.

Fashion forward

Daniela Ruah wearing a strappy black dress and looking off into the distance while sitting on a green couch

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah is picturesque in profile.

VIP beauty

Daniela Ruah in a sparkling red dress looking serious

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

With soft makeup and a sparkling gown, Daniela Ruah makes a statement.

Red hot

Daniela Ruah standing with legs crossed over in a sparkling red dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah looks like she admires the peekaboo slit in this gorgeous gown as much as we do.

Making the cut

Daniela Ruah in a strappy black dress on a green couch

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

The geometric cuts in Daniela Ruah's little black dress put a modern spin on a wardrobe staple.

Serving it up

Daniela Ruah in a long sleeved black dress holding a small sparkling statue

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah's fierce look could steal the spotlight at any soiree.

Twinkle toes

Daniela Ruah in a red dress leaping into the air gracefully

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

The NCISLA star is a balletic beauty in this elegant portrait.

Daydreamy

Daniela Ruah looking down and laughing while laying across a table in a red dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah lays out the case for dressing to the nines.

All-American beauty

Daniela Ruah wearing an American flag dress and looking back while walking up a curved staircase

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Her patriotic apparel is making us feel the fireworks.

No shade

Daniela Ruah in a pool wearing a sheer plunging bathing suit and shades

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

This splashy ensemble is the epitome of vacation style.

Poolside pretty

Daniela Ruah by a pool and wearing a satin black dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah is a cool drink of water.

Back to black

Daniela Ruah facing away looking out over a pool in a black dress with a low back

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

The simplicity of this dress—paired with Daniela Ruah's tightly toned shoulders—is absolutely stunning.

Wink, wink

A closeup of Daniela Ruah winking in a pair of pink sunglasses and a bright blue dress

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah embodies flirty fun.

Sweet as bubblegum

Daniela Ruah in pink sunglasses and a bright blue dress bending over to hold a pink teddy bear purse by the strap

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

The NCIS: Los Angeles beauty tempts us to bring back the eighties.

I spy ...

Daniela Ruah in a yellow halter bathing suit

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah is playful yet posh in this seaside ensemble.

Hello, yellow!

Daniela Ruah in a yellow halter bathing suit standing on her tippy toes near the ocean

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

The setting sun is no match match for Daniela Ruah's bright and sunny swimsuit.

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A look back at some of the best NCIS: Los Angeles cast photographs

Daniela Ruah dazzling in ruby red. Chris O'Donnell finding the luck of the Irish. LL COOL J shining in the City of Light.

The creative team at Watch share their all-time favorite photos of NCIS: Los Angeles stars that we've featured in our pages—like Daniela Ruah dancing on air in this breathtaking portrait.

"This is one of my all-time favorite Watch images—Daniela Ruah's enrapturing pose captured by Cliff Lipson is timeless. We photographed the NCISLA beauty in an incredible old Hollywood era mansion, which perfectly matched the elegance of this gorgeous shoot." — Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor


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LL COOL J living his best life

A black and white image of LL COOL J receiving bottle service at a restaurant

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann. Originally published in Watch Magazine, December 2014.

"I just love the composition and candid realness of this photo. LL COOL J was in Paris for a Watch cover shoot and his presence is just larger than life!" — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

Chris O'Donnell getting his fashion game on

Chris O'Donnell in white pants and a dark patterned sweater hitting a golf ball

Photography by David Needleman. Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2018.

You see this position a lot during a golf game. Chris O'Donnell really got into this shoot and gave us all the posed subtleties of a championship game. He just wears white pants so well! — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

Daniela Ruah looking like rain drops on roses

Three different angles of Daniela Ruah in a sleeveless red dress with a plunging back as she stands by a pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2018.

"We all pray for beautiful weather when we photograph our stars, but on the day of this shoot in Los Angeles, it was rain city. Nevertheless, Daniela Ruah playfully worked around the precipitation and was absolute perfection for this cover shot montage." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Eric Christian Olsen showing off his playful side

Eric Christian Olsen playing croquet in a white bathrobe

Photography by Adam Secore. Originally published in Watch Magazine, June 2013.

"There are no words—Eric Christian Olsen playing croquet in a bathrobe—sign me up for a rematch please!" —Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

Chris O'Donnell channeling his roots

Chris O'Donnell sitting on a green boat on a lake in Ireland

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch Magazine, April 2013.

"For his first cover shoot with Watch, we took Chris O'Donnell to Ireland. Ashford Castle was the location and the whole crew was blown away by its beauty. The NCIS: Los Angeles star got those waders on and paddled our photographer Cliff Lipson into the middle of the lake to get this shot!" — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

Daniela Ruah delivering that California dreamy

Daniela Ruah in a yellow one piece bathing suit standing on her toes near the water

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

"Daniela Ruah was so wonderful during this photo shoot. She was very patient and happily waited for us to capture that perfect golden hour shot."— Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

Renée Felice-Smith sparkling on the red carpet

A black and white photo of Ren\u00e9e Felice-Smith holding three fingers up sideways

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Exclusive to CBS.com.

"Each year we get one shot of photographing our stars before the new TV season starts. It's pretty much a fire drill! Fast-paced photography on the red carpet that's over before you know it. And then walked in Renée Felice-Smith to our TCA photo booth in this amazing Bohemian look that made time stop. So poised, sweet and confident. Beautiful!" — Ed Mann, Creative Director

LL COOL J shining in the City of Light

Two images side by side of LL COOL J smirking in a denim outfit

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann. Originally published in Watch Magazine, December 2014.

"Few actors have that sense of presence off stage, that commands attention. LL COOL J is without a doubt, one of those stars. He simply captivated the streets of Paris, and our team." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Dynamic duo LL COOL and Chris O'Donnell doing what it takes to get the shot

LL COOL J standing by the passenger seat and Chris O Donnell standing by the hood of a silver car

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch Magazine, October 2009.

"This shot cracks me up. At the last minute there was a scheduling conflict and we could no longer shoot LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell on the same day. What you see here is a cool composite after two days of shooting each actor separately—luckily both at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Talk about teamwork!" — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography


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