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In the new CBS drama Fire Country, Diane Farr plays a savvy, no-nonsense division chief overseeing more than 400 Northern California fire stations. Offscreen, Farr is equally no-nonsense, candid, and funny. (Fans may remember her from TV’s Splitting Up Together, Chance, Rescue Me, Numb3rs, and Californiacation, among other series.) Here, she weighs in on “hot” topics from great reasons to indulge yourself to the last continent she plans to conquer to the one color she’ll never wear again.

Fire Country airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

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Favorite Designer:

Lafayette 148 NY. Everything they make is elegant, and I can dress it up or down with shoes/hair/bag.

Most Beloved Beauty Product:

Bath salts. No kidding. I have had to teach myself to use a lot. Every time. It makes me feel worth it. Fancy … and what am I saving it for?

Everyday Bag:

A friend gifted me a bag that costs more than I would ever spend. She gave it to me for the big birthday. The deal was I have to use it every day. Because it feels like it should be on a shelf. Behind glass. Possibly with an alarm on the glass. This is a female friend I went to college with. There was not a string attached other than my enjoying it every day. And I do: It’s a Birkin.

Makeup That’s Always In Your Bag:

Lip balm. So underrated.

Diane Farr wears her frontline fire chief uniform in a scene from Fire Country.

Diane Farr as Sharon Leone in Fire Country

Photo credit: Sergei Bachlakov/CBS

Favorite Jeans:

Paige jeans. They have a cut for everybody.

Signature Scent:

Whatever I cooked last night, and because of this I cut garlic and onion with dishwashing gloves on.

Leading Lip Color:

The one my mother gave me. Genetically.

Skin-Care Regimen:

I’m not a product fiend. But at around age 47, a mother at my kids’ elementary school told me to take care of my sunspots now or be doomed later. We were not close friends. Nor did I ask for this opinion. So I could either tell every mother at school that this woman was not cool to other females or I could do exactly what she said. I did the latter. Since then I use a vitamin C moisturizer every day and a cream at night to even out my skin tone.

Color You Love to Wear:

All except neon. I’m from Long Island and I grew up in the ’80s. Never again.

Diane Farr as Sharon Leone from Fire Country poses in her fire fighter uniform with her hand on her Cal Fire belt buckle.

Diane Farr as Sharon Leone from the CBS original series Fire Country

Photo credit: Lindsay Siu/CBS

Heels, Platforms, or Flats?

Who can still wear heels after the pandemic? C’mon now. My favorite shoe is a square-heeled boot. Not too high, and the heavier the better to make me feel grounded.

Workout Routine and Workout Clothes You’re Loving:

I do Pilates and I am loving some leggings from Athleta! Who knew?

Vacation Spot:

I’m going to Antarctica next year. It is the last continent left for me to see. I’m hoping for an easy go over Drake’s Passage. (Look it up! It will make or break the trip for you.) My biggest indulgence is buying for the trip.

On-Set Beauty Tip You Use Offset?

Put product in your hair. Put more in. TV hair looks so good because the hair department is not afraid to put on product. To smooth, separate, shine. It’s the biggest truth I’ve learned in 25 years of working.

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Fire Country airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Here’s a look at some of the exciting talent on CBS’s newest shows. Onscreen, they play roles ranging from no-nonsense New York cops to know-it-all P.I.s to unlikely heroes battling Northern California wildfires. Offscreen, they’re just as interesting. To find out which actor was once a cheese blogger, which one’s an aspiring boxer, and which one teaches calming breathwork to children seeking asylum in her spare time, read on.

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Olivia Luccardi

Olivia Luccardi of the new CBS show East New York sits cross-legged with her head on her hands smiling.

Olivia Luccardi of East New York

Photo credit: Blair Hopkins

Show: East New York

Character: Police Officer Brandy Quinlan. She’s originally from Yonkers, New York, and doesn’t put up with anyone’s BS.

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Hobby: Photography. My father was a photographer, so I’ve always been in love with it.

Olivia Luccardi in a scene from East New York in her police uniform helping a distressed woman.

Olivia Luccardi in a scene from East New York

Photo credit: CBS

Last Book Read: Weeping Under This Same Moon by Jana Laiz. Have tissues nearby!

Latest Accomplishment: Shooting East New York. I am very proud to be a part of it.

Fun Fact: I’ve been working on ventriloquism.

Favorite Quote: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” —Auntie Mame

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

Lavel Schley

A headshot of Lavel Schley of the new CBS show East New York\u200b.

Lavel Schley of East New York

Photo credit: Vincent Madero

Show: East New York

Character: Andre Bentley, a young man from a suburban, upper-middle-class upbringing who takes on the task of becoming an NYPD officer. I can relate to the feeling of trying to follow a calling, to create and to find meaning in one’s own life.

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas. Go Shockers!

Hobby: I spend an awful lot of time playing piano. If I were to rationalize why, I think deep down piano is a great physical and sonic embodiment of the yin and yang. The balance of life. You’re combining dark and light, deep and shallow. I’ve been working on “Claire de lune” by Claude Debussy for some time now, so I’m sure my neighbors hate me.

Lavel Schley in his East New York character\u2019s police uniform on a street holding a plastic cup.

Lavel Schley as Officer Andre Bentley in East New York

Photo credit: Peter Kramer/CBS

Last Book Read: Homer’s Odyssey

Latest Accomplishment: Earlier this year I got into boxing, and I started sparring mid-June. No one wants to get smacked around by fighters better than you, so getting into the ring and fighting with contact is an accomplishment in and of itself for me.

Fun Fact: I speak pretty good French, though I’d hate to be quizzed.

Favorite Quote: “Either you’re going to do it or you’re not.” Apply that to anything: eating a pizza, following a dream, asking someone out. It just works.

Watch East New York Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT and catch it streaming on Paramount+.

Madeline Wise

\u200bMadeline Wise of the new CBS show \u200bSo Help Me Todd smiles with sunlight streaking across her face.

Madeline Wise of So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Curtis Wallen

Show: So Help Me Todd

Character: Allison is a middle child, an ER doctor who puts in a lot of effort at work and with her family. She’s a people-pleaser, which gets tricky and is what I most relate to about her: When you’re busy making sure everyone around you is doing all right, you forget to prioritize your own all-right-ness.

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Hobby: Anytime I come home from another country, I try to re-create a dish I ate and loved during my trip. I’ve gotten good at making salmorejo, a Spanish soup similar to gazpacho, and I’m decent at making a Spanish tortilla, though the flip makes me anxious.

\u200bMadeline Wise looks shocked in a scene from \u200bSo Help Me Todd.

Madeline Wise in a scene from So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Michael Courtney/CBS

Last Book Read: Great Granny Webster by Caroline Blackwood, for a book club that I’m very bad at attending.

Latest Accomplishment: Can I say being cast in a series-regular role on a CBS show?

Fun Fact: During a summer abroad in France for college, I started a blog and wrote reviews of cheeses. I had to stop because I basically gave myself scurvy from eating only dairy for a week.

Favorite Quote: “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work,” by Gustave Flaubert. Lest you think I’m a super intellectual who reads Flaubert, I first read that quote in an interview Julianne Moore gave. She’s the intellectual.

Watch new series So Help Me Todd Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Tristen J. Winger

Tristen J. Winger of the CBS show So Help Me Todd wears a bright blue suit a polka dotted shirt and patterned pocket square.

Tristen J. Winger of So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Carlos Nunez

Show: So Help Me Todd

Character: Lyle is a know-it-all, silently judgmental private investigator who takes himself and his work seriously. I love Lyle because he’s the part of me that exists that doesn’t feel any obligation to explain myself. He knows what the hell he’s doing and moves with confidence.

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles

Hobby: Pharrell is one of my heroes, and he inspired me to start producing music in college. A friend introduced me to the computer program Fruity Loops [FL Studio] that I installed on my old Hewlett-Packard, and I’ve been producing music for nearly 20 years.

Tristen J. Winger sits at a desk wearing a suit and black framed glasses looking professorial in So Help Me Todd\u200b.

Tristen J. Winger in So Help Me Todd

Photo credit: Michael Courtney/CBS

Last Book Read: Will by Will Smith

Latest Accomplishment: I cleaned out my closet and gave away a lot of clothes and shoes that I haven’t worn in forever. I kept overthinking that I might need them until I discovered a set of scrubs and a lab coat. I know they’re all in a better place now.

Fun Fact: I played the clarinet in junior high school, and on the day of a very important recital, I left my clarinet on the bus. I sat in the audience and watched my classmates perform.

Favorite Quote: “I don’t know what to say; it’s feeling like ‘me season’ right now …” — Issa Rae

Watch new series So Help Me Todd Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Jules Latimer

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Jules Latimer of Fire Country

Photo courtesy of Jules Latimer

Show: Fire Country

Character: Firefighter Eve. Fearless while fighting fires but a softy at heart. I like to think of her as what the girl next door in 2022 looks like.

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Hobby: Playing guitar. Before I was an actor, I played music full time. I come from a musical family. My grandmother went to Juilliard for collaborative piano and played the accordion, while my grandfather and great uncle played trumpet and alto sax.

Jules Latimer in full firefighter gear pointing to something offscreen in a scene from \u200bFire Country\u200b.

Jules Latimer in a scene from Fire Country

Photo credit: Bettina Strauss/CBS

Last Book Read: Luster by Raven Leilani. Sooooo good.

Latest Accomplishment: I recently got engaged to my partner of four years and became an aunt for a second time. Lots of new beginnings and babies.

Fun Fact: I worked as a counter person at a sandwich/coffee shop in New York City called Court Street Grocers and was so inspired when I worked there, I strongly considered becoming a chef. Then I ran into a teacher I loved, and they told me I was stupid for not acting. So I quit.

Favorite Quote: “If you are free, you are not predictable and you are not controllable.”—June Jordan

Fire Country airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Stephanie Arcila

Stephanie Arcila\u2019s headshot for the new CBS show Fire Country.

Stephanie Arcila of Fire Country

Photo credit: Joanna DeGeneres

Show: Fire Country

Character: Gabriela, a determined and disciplined Olympic diver

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Hobby: I am certified as a breathwork facilitator. I work with a nonprofit called Immigrant Defenders (IMMDEF), which helps kids seeking asylum. The counselor that works with the kids asks them if they’d be interested in sound healing/ breathwork; if they say yes then I help facilitate it. It’s beautiful to watch these kids be so willing to try it and to use it as a tool in their lives moving forward.

Stephanie Arcila and Kevin Alejandro embrace in front of a political rally in the new CBS show Fire Country.

Stephanie Arcila as Arabella Perez and Kevin Alejandro as Manny Perez in Fire Country.

Photo credit: Bettina Strauss/CBS

Last Book Read: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Latest Accomplishment: This job. Don’t give up, y’all. Dreams do come true.

Fun Fact: My parents didn’t want me in this industry, so they put me in a lot of sports when I was young: boxing, gymnastics, figure skating, dance, soccer, judo, flag football.

Favorite Quote: “You can fail at what you don’t want to do, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” —Jim Carrey

Fire Country airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

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