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Getting To Know Sofia Pernas Of Blood & Treasure

The actress and star of CBS' action-adventure series steals our hearts playing Lexi Vaziri, a sophisticated and wily art thief.
Posted on Jul 23, 2019 | 06:00am
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."

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Excerpt originally published in Watch! Magazine, July-August 2019.

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

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