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By Marc Berman

For five seasons, fans of The CW's Jane the Virgin knew Jaime Camil as the exaggerated Rogelio de la Vega, a self-involved, famous telenovela star and Jane's (Gina Rodriguez) biological father. For any performer, it was the role of a lifetime and an opportunity for Camil to flex his comedy acting chops.

Gina Rodriguez, Jaime Camil, and Andrea Navarro from Jane the Virgin.

Gina Rodriguez as Jane, Jaime Camil as Rogelio, and Andrea Navedo as Xo in Jane the Virgin.

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At present, Camil is centerstage on new CBS multi-camera sitcom Broke, both as an actor and an executive producer. Broke follows the lives of Jackie (Pauley Perrette), a single and independent suburban mother, who finds her life turned upside down after her estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero), her sister's formerly wealthy, big-hearted husband, Javier (Jaime Camil), and Javier's combination assistant/driver/friend, Luis (Izzy Diaz), land on her doorstep in need of a place to live after the couple's money dries up.

Watch spoke to Jaime Camil about his new show, his role in front of and behind the camera, his the experience of working with his new cast members, his love of music, and that one show he is currently binging.

Broke premieres on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Antonio Raul Corbo, and Jaime Camil on the set of TV show Broke.

Pauley Perrette as Jackie, Antonio Corbo as Sammy, Natasha Leggero as Elizabeth, Jaime Camil as Javier, Izzy Diaz as Luis in CBS' new comedy Broke.

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1. Who's your biggest inspiration?

I have to say I am the man that I am thanks to the upbringing and the education I have received from my parents. Now that I am a Dad, I understand that the character, the temperament, and the very well calibrated moral and ethical guidelines I received can be passed down to my kids. The foundation that I have is thanks to my Mom and my Dad. And then, along the way, my wife and some friends helped to define my life and my personality.

Actor Jaime Camil wearing a suit and sitting on a stool.

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2. Watch is all about television's hottest shows. Tell us about your new show Broke on CBS and your character Javier.

Imagine doing a show about a family that has to live and stay under the same roof together. It doesn't get more relatable than that, particularly now. Broke has a lot of heart, and what you will see is how the characters connect emotionally amongst themselves and, hopefully, within the audience. It's a family show, and a half-hour I am proud to sit down and watch with my family.

Javier is a very endearing character. If people enjoyed Rogelio de la Vega, my character on Jane the Virgin, then I think they will identify with Javier and my very distinctive way of approaching comedy. Javier is different from Rogelio, of course. He is not as flamboyant. He doesn't wear lavender all the time. And he doesn't think he rules the universe. But my familiar comedic characteristics will be present.

Actor Jamie Camil smiling

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3. How does it feel to be an EP and have a starring role on the new CBS comedy Broke?

To be honest, I have always produced in one way or another on my projects. Now, though, I do have the official credit on the show. And to be featured in a comedy of this caliber on CBS, not to mention being involved in the creative process, is a true honor and certainly a great opportunity. We are very lucky that we completed our 13-episode order before this coronavirus hit. We even had time to do our season one wrap-up.

4. What was the first day on set like? First scene you filmed? Any memories or fun stories?

The same energy we had on Jane the Virgin is here on Broke. It is really a love fest; I can't think of a better word. We have all heard about those Hollywood horror stories how the leads can't stand each other. But we all get along. We all care about each other, and I think that very element translates in the finished product. We were immediately comfortable and having fun on the set and simply thankful that we all have jobs.

Natasha Leggero, Pauley Perrette , Jaime Camil, Antonio Raul Corbo, and Izzy Diaz on the set of TV show Broke.

Natasha Leggero as Elizabeth, Pauley Perrette as Jackie, Jaime Camil as Javier, Antonio Raul Corbo as Sammy, Izzy Diaz as Luis in Broke.

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5. Tell us about your co-stars Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Antonio Raul Corbo, and Izzy Diaz.

These actors are truly sweethearts. They are so gifted; they are so giving; and as castmates we just like to give to each other. Each has their own personality, and we make sure that we all shine and we all bring our best on set. The pilot already felt like a truly established show just shooting another episode. And I believe that Izzy will be the standout character. What Sean Hayes was to Will & Grace is how I think Izzy will resonate on Broke.

Actor Jaime Camil in a T-shirt and jeans.

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6. Why did you decide to become an actor?

Actually, I really wanted to be a singer. I have albums out there, but when I was asked to be lead on a sitcom in Mexico I figured if I was on screen I could sell shows with my band. And then another acting opportunity came, and another one, and more, and I believe it was life telling me this was the direction I needed to go. So, you could say it was accident, but I always knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry. I just began at a different category in the beginning.

7. You started your career as a singer and we got to see some of that talent in Jane The Virgin. What song is most likely to be heard coming from your dressing room? Will Javier be having any musical moments on Broke too?

Oh yes on Javier…I will be singing in an upcoming Cinco de Mayo episode, in a funny kind of way. And, from my dressing room you might be hearing a tune or two, both current and from the soundtrack of my life, here and there. It's a great form of fun and relaxation.

8. What's on your music playlist right now?

Bruno Mars and Charlie Puth, in particular. I guess I like pop music and rhythm & blues. But I do enjoy all types of genres.

Actor Jaime Camil wearing a flannel.

Photo Credit: Fer Piña.

9. When not filming Broke or when being coronavirus quarantined as we all are now, what do you like to do? (Do you have a hidden talent, passion project, or creative pursuit that your fans may not know about you?)

I like extreme sports and I enjoy riding my motorcycle. We have a boat in Marina del Rey and we like to go to Catalina Island. And, really, my passion is my family. Anything I can do with my family is on the top of my list, particularly as my kids grow up.

10. What TV shows are you currently binge-watching or catching up on?

I started binge watching Tiger King on Netflix. Oh my God! It's like an alternate universe. It is just insane, great, disturbing, real; it's all the feelings in one show. And I am happy that Ozark has come back. I cannot wait to start Season 3.

Actor Jaime Camil in a gray suit.

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11. You speak four languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. What's your advice for someone who wants to learn a new language … either young or later in life? What's your favorite thing about each of these languages? Will Javier be a polyglot on Broke?

I would suggest just diving into any new language you want to learn without hesitation. You are going to make mistakes. You are going to get corrected. And are probably going to screw up big time. But that is the way to learn and embrace it. And, I do believe Javier also speaks Spanish; maybe Italian. He has been around, and he used to have properties in Italy and in other places. So, I imagine he has a multi-language capacity.

What I personally like is singing in English, which is a language that really flows from one word to another. Spanish is a romantic language, and I love how rich the vocabulary is.

Actor Jaime Camil sitting on a sitting chair and smiling.

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12. Describe how you felt when you first read the Broke script? If you had to describe the show in three words, what would you pick?

Fun, family, and heart. And these are the three words why I think Broke will be a success. IT has them all.

Broke premieres on Thursday, April 2 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Gina McIntyre

These lauded actors have created many of our favorite characters of all time. As if we could ask for more, they're now introducing us to some of our new favorite television characters and showing off their myriad —and versatile—gifts.

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

PAULEY PERRETTE

Pauley Perrette sitting in a bathtub in the pilot episode of new CBS sitcom Broke.\u200b

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You've loved her as: NCIS' plucky, punky forensic scientist Abby Sciuto.

Now starring as: Jackie, a single mother whose life is turned upside down when her estranged sister and brother-in-law lose their fortune and move into her California condo on Broke. In CBS' new midseason sitcom, Pauley Perrette plays the too-close-for-comfort setup for major laughs.

Broke premieres midseason on CBS and CBS All Access.

JAIME CAMIL

Actor Jaime Camil smirking at the camera for a portrait.

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You've loved him as: Jane's father, Rogelio De La Vega, on The CW's Jane the Virgin.

Now starring as: Javier, the once wealthy but newly insolvent brother-in-law to Pauley Perrette's Jackie on Broke. Jaime Camil finds a hilarious balance between earnest and oblivious.

Broke premieres midseason on CBS and CBS All Access.

RACHEL SKARSTEN

Actress Rachel Skarsten as Alice in The CW series Batwoman.

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You've loved her as: Queen Elizabeth on The CW's Reign.

Now starring as: Alice, the leader of the Wonderland Gang, on Batwoman starring Ruby Rose. By turns maniacal and charming, Rachel Skarsten plays her villain with relish.

Watch Batwoman on Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free on Mondays via The CW App.

KYLE MACLACHLAN

Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Stepen Frost and Patricia Heaton as Carol Kenney in CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act.

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You've loved him as: By-the-book federal agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks.

Now starring as: Accomplished senior attending physician Dr. Frost on Carol's Second Act. With his winning charm and deadpan timing, Kyle MacLachlan is a scene stealer.

Watch all-new episodes of Carol's Second Act on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

PATRICIA HEATON

Actress Patricia Heaton on the set of CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act.

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You've loved her as: Debra Barone, long-suffering wife of Ray Romano's sportswriter on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Now starring as: A 50-year-old medical intern on Carol's Second Act. As a recently divorced middle-aged woman who relies on her sense of humor to help her make it through the day, Patricia Heaton is just what the doctor ordered.

Watch all-new episodes of Carol's Second Act on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

​ALANA DE LA GARZA

Julian McMahon, Jeremy Sisto, Alana De La Garza,  and Missy Peregrym of procedural TV drama FBI.

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You've loved her as: Clara Seger on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders; Marisol Delko on CSI: Miami.

Now starring as: Assistant Special Agent in Charge Isobel Castille on the Dick Wolf procedural drama FBI. Ambitious and brilliant, Castille is a rising star, as is the actress—Alana De La Garza—who plays her.

Watch all-new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE

Actress Christine Ebersole on set of TV show Bob \u2665\ufe0f Abishola.

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You've loved her as: First lady Lydia Dalton on Madam Secretary; Lena Janko, mother of police officer Edit Marie Reagan, on Blue Bloods.

Now starring as: Dottie, Bob's protective mother, on Bob ♥️ Abishola. Christine Ebersole brings a delightful bite to this no-nonsense Midwestern widow.

Watch all-new episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

BILLY GARDELL

Billy Gardell as Bob and Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola in TV show Bob \u2665\ufe0f Abishola.

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You've loved him as: Good-natured Chicago cop Mike Biggs on Mike & Molly.

Now starring as: Bob ♥️ Abishola's affable Bob, a Detroit sock salesman crushing hard on the Nigerian nurse Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), whom he meets when he is hospitalized after a heart attack. Abishola may need convincing, but we've fallen hard for Billy Gardell.

Watch all-new episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

JESSICA CAMACHO

Jessica Camacho as Emily Lopez in courtroom TV dram All Rise.

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You've loved her as: Gypsy, a bounty hunter who could open portals to other dimensions on The Flash.

Now starring as: As Emily Lopez, a tough and determined public defender on All Rise, actress Jessica Camacho brings inspiring grit to her character's fight for justice.

Watch all-new episodes of All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MARG HELGENBERGER

Marg Helgenberger as Judge Lisa Benner on CBS legal drama All Rise.

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You've loved her as: Supervisor Catherine Willows on the long-running hit procedural CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Now starring as: All Rise's Judge Lisa Benner, a once-progressive voice who has become an entrenched member of the judicial establishment. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) reawakens Judith's passion for the law, with Marg Helgenberger channeling her signature intellect and wit into every scene.

Watch all-new episodes of All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MIKE COLTER

Mike Colter as David Acosta and  Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard in pilot episode of supernatural drama series Evil.

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You've loved him as: Chicago drug lord Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife and The Good Fight.

Now starring as: Evil's David Acosta, a Catholic priest-in-training who partners with a forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) to search for the truth behind supernatural phenomena. Thanks to his high-wattage star power, in Mike Colter we trust.

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MICHAEL EMERSON

Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend on psychological thriller Evil.

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You've loved him as: Billionaire genius Harold Finch on Person of Interest; Arrow villain Cayden James.

Now starring as: Evil's Leland Townsend, an expert witness in a mass-murder case who might also be a demon inciting his followers to unspeakable acts. No one plays subtle menace better than Michael Emerson.

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

ASHLEIGH MURRAY

Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy in The CW show Katy Keene.

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You've loved her as: Musician Josie McCoy on Riverdale.

Now starring as: Josie McCoy—only now she's hopped over to new series Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale. Ashleigh Murray's gifted songstress leaves behind the soapy confines of Riverdale for the bright lights of Manhattan, hoping to find fame in the Big Apple. No question—success is in the cards.

Katy Keene premieres on Thursday, Feb.6 at 8/7c on The CW.

ALEX SAXON

Alex Saxon as Ace on new TV series Nancy Drew.

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You've loved him as: Chloe on Ray Donovan; Gabriel Osbourne on The Mentalist.

Now starring as: Nancy Drew's Ace, a dishwasher at the local diner with provocative insights into the murder of a local girl. Nancy (Kennedy McMann) finds his thoughts intriguing; we find Alex Saxon downright dazzling.

Watch Nancy Drew on Wednesdays 9/8c on The CW and stream free Thursdays via The CW App.

OMAR MILLER

Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle, Omar Miller as Ben in CBS comedy The Unicorn.

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You've loved him as: Art-theft specialist Walter Simmons on CSI: Miami.

Now starring as: The Unicorn's Ben, a happily married father, thrilled that his widowed friend Wade (Walton Goggins) is back in the dating pool. Omar Miller brings his perfect comic timing to the all-important buddy role.

Watch all-new episodes of The Unicorn on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

HENRY IAN CUSICK

Henry Ian Cusick attends the SCAD aTVfest and Entertainment Weekly party in Atlanta, Georgia.

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You've loved him as: Villain-turned-hero Marcus Kane on The CW drama The 100.

Now starring as: MacGyver's Russ, a quick-witted, Oxford-educated ex-military man who appreciates the finer things in life. He's the perfect pairing with Lucas Till's titular hero.

Season 4 of MacGyver premieres on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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