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By Nate Millado

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

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By Jeanne Dorin McDowell

Sofia Pernas was starring in another television series when she read for the part of Lexi Vaziri in CBS' action-adventure drama series Blood & Treasure, a role she was desperate to play even though a previous commitment likely precluded the possibility. But the producers were convinced that she was perfect for the role, and cast her in second position in case her circumstances changed. Several weeks later, the other show was canceled and Pernas, 29, got the job. "It was one of the craziest moments in my career," she says.

STREAM: Full Episodes Of Blood & Treasure On CBS All Access

For Pernas, an alumna of

Jane the Virgin,

NCIS, and The Young and the Restless, playing Lexi—an international art thief—was an easy fit. Fluent in Spanish, Arabic, and German, the actress was raised in Morocco by her Moroccan mother and Spanish father until the family moved to California when she was 5 years old.

Still, they returned to Morocco every summer. Says Pernas, "My parents gave me a sense of the world that made me cultured and sophisticated in ways they don't teach in school."

Sofia Pernas as globe-trotting criminal Lexi Vaziri in

Blood & Treasure.

Not to mention a sense of adventure. Like her co-star

Matt Barr, Sofia Pernas performed almost all of her own stunts, although CBS forbade her from crashing through ceilings and jumping out of planes. "We're doing crazy things, and it's a hell of a ride," she says enthusiastically. "I'm having a ball."

SEE MORE: What Sofia Pernas Of Blood & Treasure Finds Irresistible

Excerpt originally published in

Watch! Magazine, July-August 2019.

Photo Credits: Mohammed Kamal /CBS; Amanda Peixoto-Elkins (Portrait); Kimberly Ross/CBS; Kharen Hill / CBS.


Blood & Treasure on Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez in this season's prettiest color: coral

Bright, cheerful coral is on everyone's radar—and body—this summer, including Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez looking drop-dead gorgeous in this gown by Safiyaa. The shade always makes a comeback for summer, but it's in the prime spotlight this year, thanks to Pantone naming Living Coral—a shade inspired by tropical, underwater reefs—the official color of 2019.

Designers and celebrities have jumped on board, lighting up runways and red carpets in a wide spectrum of coral looks ranging from softer sorbet tones to the boldest brights. But if going full-fledged coral isn't quite your thing, you can still bring joy to your look with a vibrant piece of jewelry, sunset-hued accessories, or a swipe of a guava cream tint on your lips and cheeks.

Scroll for more photos of chic celebrity summer looks!

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Christine Baranski

The Good Fight star Christine Baranski is glowing in a gown by Zac Posen. Clutch by Judith Leiber Couture.

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Carrie Ann Inaba

The Talk host Carrie Ann Inaba exudes elegance in an asymmetrical coral gown by Carmen Marc Valvo. Jewelry by H. Stern.

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Watch The Talk Weekdays on CBS and CBS All Access.

Claire Danes

Homeland star Claire Danes is stunning in a custom Calvin Klein gown.

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Season 8 of Homeland premieres this Fall on Showtime. Catch up on Seasons 1-7 on Showtime Anytime.


The Talk host Eve shines bright in this dazzling gown by Christian Siriano.

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Emily Wickersham

NCIS star Emily Wickersham is cool in culottes—this two piece number by Self-Portrait is perfect from brunch to premiere.

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Don't miss the Season 17 premiere of NCIS on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Toni Trucks

SEAL Team star Toni Trucks goes glam in this red-carpet worthy, two-piece coral ensemble by Roland Mouret.

Photography by Michael Tran/Getty Images.

Don't miss the Season 3 premiere of SEAL Team on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Regina Hall

Black Monday star Regina Hall has us craving coral with her lipstick that's perfectly matched to her ruffled dress by Lavish Alice.

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Watch all Season 1 episodes of Black Monday on Showtime Anytime.

Andrea Navedo

Jane the Virgin star Andrea Navedo is sophistication with a flash of fun in this dress by Halston Heritage.

Photography by Media Punch/Alamy.

Malin Akerman

Billions star Malin Akerman takes the plunge in this gorgeous gown by Greta Constantine. Clutch by Emm Kuo, jewels by Anita Ko.

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Catch up on Seasons 1-4 of Billions on Showtime Anytime.

Pool Party Fun With Jane The Virgin's Yael Grobglas

Go behind-the-scenes with Yael Grobglas, star of The CW's hit series Jane the Virgin, and this fun in the sun photo shoot for CBS Watch! Magazine.


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