jessica camacho

By Nate Millado

While everyone was picking out Halloween costumes and stocking up on trick-or-treat candy, Jessica Camacho was already counting down the days till Christmas. “I start getting amped in October, so by the time December rolls around, I’m in full-on holiday mode,” she says. “The hokey carols. Decorating the tree with my family. The silly pajamas with the ridiculous socks. Setting cookies and carrots out on Christmas Eve for Santa and the reindeer. I’m a grown adult and I still love these things!” How apropos,
then, that the yuletide-obsessed actress is starring in a brand-new holiday movie on CBS, co-starring CSI: Miamis Adam Rodriguez.

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A Christmas Proposal airs Dec. 12 at 8:30p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Sneak Peek

Tell us about A Christmas Proposal. This isn’t a proposal as we normally know it, right, but more like a business proposition?
JC: Let me put it this way: “An up-and coming struggling chef and a hotshot lawyer work together to pull off a scheme that will benefit them both. Their plans become muddled, however, due to real feelings hiding underneath their carefully crafted facade.” Boom!

Wow, that’s some elevator pitch. Sold! Were you already a rom-com aficionado, or did you have to prepare for the role by bingeing Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan flicks?
JC: I mean, come on, ’90s rom-coms were so epic! They were everything. I was totally stoked to finally be able to play inside of one. Even though I wanted to dive into all of them, I really tried not to because I didn’t want to subconsciously bring remnants of those movies into this story. I really wanted to find our own organic chemistry, our own organic magic, and have this story be its own thing as much as possible.

Well, what the world needs now is love, sweet love—especially after the 2020 we had!
JC: That was actually such a big deal to me when I accepted the offer because I realize how important these holidays are for families who are finally able to gather—without as much fear as we had last year. It really meant a lot to me to be a part of a project like this after what we’ve all gone through [during the pandemic]. I wasn’t able to be with my mom last Christmas because of the circumstances, so hopefully this year I will be on her couch, in her house, watching this movie.

Santa Selfie

Jessica Camacho and Adam Rodriguez pose for an outdoor selfie with Santa surrounded by greenery, snow and Christmas decorations

Jessica Camacho and Adam Rodriguez pose for a selfie with Santa in A Christmas Proposal

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Why are holiday movies so popular? Is it because they’re the TV equivalent of comfort food?
JC: That’s a great way to put that! They give you those warm and fuzzies. And there’s always a lesson, right? To appreciate what you have and those around you. Sometimes the reality of the holidays doesn’t add up; life is far from being perfect. But you know, you put on a holiday movie and it reignites that sense of hope and faith that the holidays are all about. I hope that each person watching A Christmas Proposal takes something special from this movie and that it makes them feel a little bit brighter and a little less alone.

Are you anything like Maria—or are you a complete 180?
JC: Maria is strong, determined, goal oriented, and she is passionate about what she does, and I absolutely relate to all of that. The arduous, uncertain journey of building an acting career for myself … I never doubted that that would be my reality, and Maria definitely has that same unshakable drive that keeps her striving through the hardships. But I think where we differ is, I do not love being in the kitchen. It’s sort of therapy for her, but for me, historically speaking, it’s been more of a nightmare scenario. I am not in control. I’m sweating. I’m a hot mess trying to keep it together. But I’m working to change that, to find the beauty in cooking. I’m trying to have the grace to let myself epically ruin some dishes and learn to be OK with that.

Teaser Trailer

Maria and Julian have such amazing chemistry. What was it like working with Adam Rodriguez?
JC: The guy was a dream to work with, honestly. He is so warm and kind. He’s giving. He’s prepared. When he shows up, he shows up for whomever is in the scene with him. He’ll run lines a million times with you. He will talk about the scene. I learned so much from him. And he’s hilarious! He does voices, like, crazy characters. We just laughed constantly!

CBS recently aired Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the 57th consecutive year. Any fond memories of watching that?
JC: That’s one of the specials that I will never, ever tire of. I remember as a kid being fascinated by the stop-motion. I was like, “What kind of special magic is this?” I was addicted. The whole thing is so beautiful. And then one of my favorite moments? When Rudolph says: “I’m cute! I’m cute! She said I’m cuuuuuuuuuute!” That classic warms my heart.

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This story originally appeared in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Watch magazine.

A Christmas Proposal airs Dec. 12 at 8:30p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

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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

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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.

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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.

Stream episodes of your favorite shows on Paramount+.

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.

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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