Stunning New Photos Of NCIS: Los Angeles Star Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah brings power, poise, and perfection to NCIS: Los Angeles and her latest Watch! photo shoot. Photographer Cliff Lipson captured the CBS veteran for our March-April 2018 issue, and after spending a day with NCIS: Los Angeles star we can assure you that the woman behind the brilliant Kensi Blye is as thoughtful and kind (and gorgeous) in person as she is on screen.

Daniela Ruah is a wonder woman

Daniela Ruah is a wonder woman

Daniela Ruah brings power, poise, and perfection to NCIS: Los Angeles, and her latest Watch! photo shoot.

Photographer Cliff Lipson captured the CBS veteran for our March-April 2018 issue, and after spending a day with Daniela we can assure you that the woman behind the brilliant Kensi Blye is as thoughtful and kind (and gorgeous) in person as she is on screen.

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Check out these stunning photos—including web-exclusive bonus images—plus learn fun facts and interview tidbits about Daniela Ruah.

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Primetime perfection

Primetime perfection

Fun fact: NCIS: Los Angeles is one of the world's most popular shows (the NCIS spinoff, now in Season 9, is seen in over 200 countries). Daniela Ruah has been part of the series since the very beginning.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

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Beantown beauty

Beantown beauty

Though Daniela Ruah was born in Boston, she spent most of her formative years in her parents' native Portugal.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Exclusive to CBS.com.

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Stage presence

Stage presence

Early on, Daniela Ruah made it clear she might be a performer—from putting on shows with her teddy bears for her parents to excelling in dance classes.

"My parents were always very supportive," says Ruah. "They let me be who I was. They would say, 'Whatever you do, just be the best you can be.'"

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

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Act one

Act one

After auditioning to become "Portugal's next sweetheart" in a new telenovela, the 15-year-old Ruah got her first acting break, when she was cast as the sweetheart's best friend.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

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Never stop learning

Never stop learning

As Ruah continued to land bigger and better roles on Portuguese telenovelas, she also continued her study of theater and dance at London Metropolitan University. 

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A star is born

A star is born

At 22, Ruah won the first season of Portugal's version of Dancing with the Stars.

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New York hustle

New York hustle

After moving from Portugal to New York City in 2007, Ruah studied at the Lee Strasberg acting school—and auditioned, auditioned, auditioned.

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American dream

American dream

"I came to America with a hope for an amazing future, and it came true." — Daniela Ruah

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Messy business

Messy business

While special agent Kensi Blye has been kidnapped, terrorized, paralyzed, and put into a coma, the real-life Ruah relates mostly to her character’s fabled messiness: "I'm good at closing drawers," she jokes.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

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Celebrity crush

Celebrity crush

​Fun fact: Ruah had a teenage crush on NCIS: Los Angeles costar Chris O'Donnell (special agent G. Callen), and even admits to once having an O'Donnell poster on her bedroom wall. She jokes about it with him now.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Exclusive to CBS.com.

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Long-distance love

Long-distance love

Ruah Skypes with her Portugal-based mom almost every day, and visits her twice a year—the same number of times Ruah's mom visits her in LA: "It's like I'm never gone."

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

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Family ties

Family ties

Ruah's stuntman husband David Paul Olsen often body-doubles on NCIS: Los Angeles for his younger brother Eric Christian Olsen—who plays Kensi's fiancé Marty Deeks.

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

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Partners in parenting

Partners in parenting

"Dave and I share the philosophy that it's our job to show our kids the world, and then it's theirs to let us know what they love about it, and we'll focus on those things." — Daniela Ruah

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Food for thought

Food for thought

At home in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, Ruah and her husband make pizza from scratch, and son River helps harvest a variety of veggies from the backyard garden.

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