katja herbers

By Maria Neuman

As skeptical clinical psychologist Kristen Bouchard on the hit drama Evil, Katja Herbers is often pursuing unsolved mysteries until the wee hours of the morning. Which is why on her treasured days off, Herbers uses her time to catch plenty of zzzzzs. Here, the Dutch actress takes us through a typical weekend day, filled with meditative moments and spontaneous cat naps (and we mean that literally).

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8:00 a.m.

A contrasting street of old and new Brooklyn buildings.

Brooklyn

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We shoot Evil during the weekdays, mostly in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and often starting as early as 5:30 a.m., so on days off I love to sleep in a little bit. By the time Friday rolls around we’ll also be doing night shoots, so my workdays can feel very long.

9:15 a.m.

A display of baked goods and bagged coffee at Paloma coffee shop in Brooklyn.

Paloma

Photo credit: Instagram.com/palomacoffeebakery

I have a weekend subscription to The New York Times, so I take my paper, go out, and sit at one of the many coffee shops in my neighborhood. One of my weekend spots is called Paloma on Manhattan Ave. in Brooklyn. Everyone who works there is friendly, and I think it’s the best coffee in New York.

11:30 a.m.

Katja Herbers lays down with her cat blissfully asleep around her neck.

Kitty love

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I love to do small projects in my apartment and often go to the local paint store. The Dutch have a word, gezellig, and it roughly translates to “cozy” but can be used to describe any comforting activity—from reorganizing a bookshelf to creating a nice corner for your cat. On weekends my kitty, Lientje, totally dictates my time. If she settles down on top of me for a nap, I just choose to lay still and do the same.

1:30 p.m.

A large pile of sourdough loaves cooling at Bakeri in Brooklyn.

Bakeri

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My favorite lunch spot is Bakeri in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. During the height of the pandemic, when everyone was in lockdown baking bread, they gave me some of their sourdough starter that is about 100 years old. I started baking and gained 20 pounds—I realized I can’t make a loaf of bread every day and not eat it!

3:00 p.m.

A cozy and colorful table inside Bakeri Brooklyn.

Inside Bakeri

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Dancing is my main exercise. I’ll often dance while cleaning my apartment, even if I just follow a dance tutorial off the internet. I know I need to do some strength training, but the most I do is some ballet moves, squats, or the occasional turn on my rowing machine.

3:45 p.m.

The Brooklyn storefront of McNally Jackson Booksellers book store.

McNally Jackson Booksellers

Photo credit: McNally Jackson

I love independent bookstores like McNally Jackson in Williamsburg. I’ll buy another coffee (Dutch people drink a lot of coffee!), grab a book, and sit and read. I recently finished Luster by Raven Leilani. It blew my mind, and I thought it was pretty cool that she also happens to be from Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m.

A stock photo of an upscale mexican dish with verdant green margaritas.

Margaritas and tacos

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I’ll meet friends for margaritas and tacos and then maybe go and listen to live music. I love jazz and have been known to follow people around the East Village who are carrying an instrument and ask them if they are playing anywhere that evening. I like to find smaller, indie music scenes where people are trying to be creative.

8:00 p.m.

The poster for Six Degrees of Separation at the Barrymore Theatre

Six Degrees of Separation

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There are so many great actors in New York and getting to see them on stage (like Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey in Six Degrees of Separation) is amazing. What I find most special about being in the theater is seeing any type of art together with other people. It’s like we’re in this little bubble together for two hours, watching the actors make something. It’s very impactful.

10:30 p.m.

What time I go to sleep depends on how many lines I must learn for the next week. I knew when I first saw the script for Evil that it was going to be special. The creators, Michelle and Robert King, also did The Good Wife, so I knew mine would be a complicated and fun character. If I’m awake enough after studying lines, I’ll watch TV, turn out the lights, and sleep with Lientje.

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Kurt Fuller as Dr. Boggs in an exorcism-themed episode of Evil.

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By Nate Millado

Evil is not for the faint of heart. It's that terrifying—which makes the supernatural drama the perfect binge when you want to be 100% locked-in to your screen!

For the uninitiated, Evil centers on priest-in-training David Acosta (Mike Colter) and forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers) as they assess whether the Church's unsolved mysteries are worth pursuing—or whether there's a more scientific explanation behind the phenomena.

Evil is the brainchild of Robert and Michelle King—the husband-and-wife duo behind The Good Wife and The Good Fightso you know you're in for some quality entertainment along with genuine jolts. Luckily, all episodes of its first two seasons are available to stream on Paramount+, so here's your chance to catch up on the scary-good series before its third season sneaks up out of the darkness on June 12th.

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The Boogeyman Is Real!

Surely, anyone innocently named "George" can't be that bad, right? Dead wrong! This leathery demon is the stuff of nightmares. He haunts poor Kristen in her sleep—or is she awake?—zips around the room like The Flash, pees in the corner (rude!), and slices her fingers off for each incorrect answer during a "fun" game of True or False. George introduces himself in the pilot ("Genesis I"), but unfortunately for Kristen, reappears throughout the season ("177 Minutes," "Let x = 9," and "Book 27").

Bridget in the Bathtub

It's Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford like you've never seen before! In the episode "Vatican III," Bridget (Ashford) cops to murdering a boy named Enrique during her exorcism. Kristen, David, and Ben (Aasif Mandvi) cross-reference her claims with any open cases—and to determine whether the woman really is possessed by a demon named Howard.

Orson Isn't Well

Is accused serial killer Orson LeRoux possessed—or just plain psycho? That's the question Kristen and David attempt to answer throughout the season (in episodes "Genesis 1," "Justice x 2," and "Book 27"). Either way, on a creep factor scale of 1 to 10, Orson is 100.

Child of the Corn

In the "2 Fathers" episode, an intoxicated Kristen follows a woman's screams into a cornfield—and is shocked by what she sees: David's dad's wife Esther birthing out a baby that's most certainly not human. But wait, there's more! Esther tears into the sticky sac with her teeth to welcome her goblin child into the world. That's some sangria you drank, Kristen!

Hurts Like Hell


Nurse Ratched's got nothing on Nurse Plague! After David is stabbed (at the end of the "7 Swans a Singin" episode), he's sent to Harbor Hospital, where his nurse pumps him with pain meds. During a drug-induced trip, David witnesses patients being wheeled out by freaky-looking attendants to attend a "black mass." One of the unlucky sacrificial lambs happens to be David's roommate, Harlan.

The big reveal of the "Room 320" episode is thought-provoking—but definitely disturbing! Word to the wise: Watch with a friend.

Treat or Trick?

When your show is called Evil, you've gotta up the ante for Halloween—and yikes, does the "October 31" episode deliver! First, there's an Exorcist homage replete with hissing, cackling, speaking in tongues, projectile vomiting—the whole nine.

But what's really unnerving is the new girl "Brenda," who hangs with the Bouchard kids and their friends. Brenda tells creepy ghost stories and asks disturbing questions. ("If I dared you to kill your mom ... how would you do it?") Here's the kicker: Brenda's mom calls and says her daughter is sick in bed. So, who's really behind that creepy doll mask?

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When the creative team behind The Good Wife and The Good Fight tackle a mystery-based drama about hauntings, miracles, and spiritual possession, you know it's gonna be scary good. Also scary smart, scary engrossing—and maybe just a little funny, too.

Meet the resident good guys Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi of CBS' drama series Evil, who took a break from the dark side to glam up for a Watch cover shoot. Photographers Williams + Hirakawa captured the chic cast members at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, and the photos are so good, we guarantee you won't be able to look away.

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Katja Herbers straddles the lines

Actress Katja Herbers reclines while wearing a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Cast member Aasif Mandvi describes Katja Herbers' forensic psychologist character Kristen Bouchard as "interestingly caught in the middle, because she's naturally a skeptic but also leans toward, Could it be true? Could some things be true?"

Mike Colter explores the uncharted

Actor Mike Colter wearing a white tee and a necklace.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"My character," says Mike Colter, Evil's almost-priest David Acosta, "is on the journey of a priest. He's supposed to be—chaste and sort of changing."

Aasif Mandvi takes time to reflect

Actor Aasif Mandvi wears a beige linen suit while standing in a swimming pool.

Suit and shirt by Todd Snyder. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"One of the realities you realize as you get older in this business is that it's all up and down," Aasif Mandvi tells Watch in the September-October 2019 issue. "That's how this business goes, so you can't take yourself too seriously at any moment."

Katja Herbers opens new doors

Actress Katja Herbers stands in a doorway wearing a green patterned dress.

Dress by Dolce & Gabbana.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"[Evil's creators] were looking for someone who can do some drama," Katja Herbers tells Watch! in the September-October 2019 issue, "but also has a lightness, has a bit of a twinkle sometimes, can bring some fun to this darkness."

Mike Colter keeps things cool

Actor Mike Colter of the CBS show Evil grimaces as water pours over him in a jungle setting.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"Will we gloat when we're right?" Mike Colter asks in reference to Acosta's and Bouchard's differing stances. "I don't know, but we have these moments where it's a healthy debate. And perhaps that's our flirtation, perhaps that's our relationship."

Katja Herbers hits new heights

Actress Katja Herbers posing while wearing a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I am quite a scaredy-cat myself, so it frightened me to read her story at first and to envision it a little bit," says Katja Herbers of her Evil alter ego Kristen Bouchard.

Good cast chemistry

Actors Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, and Mike Colter of the show Evil poses on the top of a hotel.

On Mandvi: Suit, shirt, and tie by Hugo Boss. Sneakers by Vince. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Watch by Omega. Ring, Mandvi's own. On Colter: Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and sunglasses by Tom Ford. Shoes by Barneys New York. On Herbers: Dress by Markarian. Shoes by Ruthie Davis. Sunglasses by Garrett Leight. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"We get each other," says Mike Colter regarding his relationship with costars Katja Herbers and Aasif Mandvi. "And I feel like the characters can go any way we want them to go."

Mike Colter's many talents sparkle

Actor Mike Colter swims fully clothed in a swimming pool.

T-shirt by Calvin Klein. Necklace by Cartier.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Before he was cast as David Acosta in CBS' new drama series Evil, Mike Colter achieved cult-star status for his titular role in the Marvel TV series Luke Cage.

Aasif Mandvi stays afloat

Actor Aasif Mandvi reclines on a floating pool mattress in a swimming pool.

Suit and shirt by Todd Snyder. Sneakers by Vince. Watch by Omega. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Ring, Mandvi's own.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I was raised in an Indian Muslim family, and it was very common for my grandparents to talk about ghosts, and demons, spirits, things like that," shares Aasif Mandvi tells Watch! in the September-October 2019 issue. "It was just the tapestry of how they grew up and what they believed."

Katja Herbers is a funny girl

Actress Katja Herbers smiles and wears a black dress.

Dress by Ralph Lauren.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"I think [Evil's creators] were interested in my comedy work, because I come from comedy in Holland," says Katja Herbers, who cites Julia Louis-Dreyfus as one of her favorite actors.

Aasif Mandvi knows good humor

Actor Aasif Mandvi and Actor Mike Colter of the show Evil smile together.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Many Evil viewers will recognize Aasif Mandvi as a former The Daily Show fixture, where his satirical sketches such as "Paging Dr. Mandvi" left a lasting comedic mark.

Katja Herbers plays to win

Actress Katja Herbers sits on a boardwalk coyly tossing playing cards.

Top by Cami NYC. Pants by Saint Laurent. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

Though psychologist Kristen Bouchard flirts with danger and takes risks, Katja Herbers tells Watch! that her alter ego isn't totally reckless: "If somebody's threatening her, she could just give them something back, throw them off their game. She's not easily intimidated. Maybe underneath, but she's never gonna show it."

These co-stars have three times the charm

The cast of the CBS show Evil pose together on a rooftop dressed to the nines.

On Mandvi: Suit, shirt, and tie by Hugo Boss. Sneakers by Vince. Sunglasses by Salvatore Ferragamo. Watch by Omega. Ring, Mandvi's own. On Colter: Tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and sunglasses by Tom Ford. Shoes by Barneys New York. On Herbers: Dress by Markarian. Shoes by Ruthie Davis. Sunglasses by Garrett Leight. Jewelry by Melinda Maria.

Photography Williams + Hirakawa. Styled by Molly Dickson and Michael Nash.

"There's a cohesion that's happened because we're working together," says Aasif Mandvi his Evil castmates. "But I feel like we're also the kind of people that all get along organically."

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

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