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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.

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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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Claire Danes

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

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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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Toni Trucks

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

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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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Andrea Navedo

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

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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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By Emily Hirshey

Have you ever thought you weren't poor and then, after binge-watching 36 hours of television, realized you actually are? No? Then you clearly haven't watched Billions (or you actually aren't poor, in which case, mazel!).

The SHOWTIME drama centers on Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) whose hedge fund, Axe Capital, brings in a bonkers amount of money and thus is constantly under scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission—and the U.S. attorney's office, headed up by Axe's mortal enemy, Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). Stuck smack dab between the two men is Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff ) Chuck's wife, who serves as the in-house performance coach at Axe Capital and Axe's own personal Yoda.

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Malin Akerman as Lara Axelrod Damian Lewis as Bobby Axe Axelrod Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades standing in an office space

Malin Akerman as Lara Axelrod, Damian Lewis as Bobby "Axe" Axelrod, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades in SHOWTIME series Billions.

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It's a messy triangle, made only messier by Chuck's law-abiding co-workers and Axe's law-defying minions (led by David Costabile's Mike "Wags" Wagner and his triumph of a mustache), but made shinier by the loads of cash that every character seems to possess (including Chuck, and the dude works for the government!).

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Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades standing next to Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades

Psychiatrist and performance coach Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) joined Axe Capital long before her husband Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) became U.S. Attorney.

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I've never wanted to work in finance, but the beyond gorg aesthetic of Axe Capital is making me rethink. What sort of things would I have to trade to buy an $83 million home as a pick-me-up after my dog got neutered? Or to afford dropping $125 million to have a building named after me just to stick it to a childhood enemy? (Yes, Axe did both of these things!)

With my mind full of questions and my pockets full of chump change, I know there's only one person who can solve my problems: Wendy Rhoades. Because, y'all, Wendy is the TRUTH. There aren't enough praise-hands emojis in the world to explain how exceptionally bomb this chick is. Her husband, Axe, all of the traders, and literally every other character (well, except Axe's wife, Lara, played by Malin Akerman) turn to her in times of crisis, and she knows exactly how to find the root of the problem and how to solve it.

Malin Akerman as Lara Axelrod stepping off a a plane in a white coat

Axe's childhood-friend-turned-wife Lara Axelrod (Malin Akerman) adjusting to her new lifestyle.

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Oh, and she looks chic as hell while doing it. The woman walks out of a SoulCycle class fresh as a daisy, sporting what looks to me like a cashmere coat and an alligator handbag, so naturally Axe is going to offer a year-end-bonus Maserati! You think he'd offer me that, as I walk out of a cheapo cycling class, wearing a stained sweatshirt my husband got for free and a backpack with actual duct tape holding it together? Please.

Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades taking a phone call while slightly bent over leaning on a table

Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) is stuck with the emotional labor on both sides of the Axelrod/Rhoades war.

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Not to talk only about Wendy (though I could definitely talk only about Wendy), but Season 2 has begun and Wendy got bangs and she is totally pulling them off. Seriously, is there anything this woman can't do?

Asia Katie as Taylor sitting at a desk with Damian Lewis as Axe

Axe, with Taylor, learns a costly lesson about mentoring the wrong protégé.

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I will, in fact, talk about other stuff in this show, and that other stuff is the new trader on the block, Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon), who is young and bald and whose self-proclaimed pronoun is "them." Taylor's got swagger for days, despite standing out like a perfectly pressed, button-downed thumb, and they are immediately my second favorite character after Wendy (sorry, Axe and Chuck, I'm here for the ladies and the nonbinary). It appears that Axe and I have similar taste—as the season goes on and his relationship with Wendy strains, Taylor becomes Axe's go-to, moving quickly from a measly intern to his chief officer and actual successor when Axe gets in a whole lotta legal trouble thanks to Mr. Wendy Rhoades (Chuck). About that …


Well, um, there's been a bunch of money stuff and trading stuff and legal stuff and his-and-hers jets and something called "Ice Juice" and David Strathairn as a man called "Black Jack" and Mary-Louise Parker with a Southern accent and multiple Mark Cuban cameos and Chuck calling Axe "Bob" just to be mean and, oh yeah, Taylor got their heart broken and decided to start a rival firm, and lest I forget, Wendy's bangs have grown to the side and I can't decide my favorite look because they're all so good.

Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhodes sitting across a table from Damian Lewis as Bobby Axe Axelrod

Chuck Rhodes (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis) find common ground.

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Anyway, Wendy managed to unite sworn enemies Chuck and "Bob," and it's going to take all three of them to get revenge on Taylor. I, on the other hand, am still spending 30 minutes trying random words as discount codes on Postmates while trying to decide if I should throw out a bra that has only one functioning strap. Alas, I guess you aren't what you watch.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2019.

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"It's very old Hollywood, classic, beautiful—with an amazing view of New York City in the background. It's very chic," says Malin Akerman, Lara Axelrod on Showtime's hit show Billions, on her exclusive Watch magazine photo shoot at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York.

Season 5 premieres on May 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. Catch up on Seasons 1–5 of Billions on Showtime Anytime.


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