Magnum P.I.'s Jay Hernandez Is Hotter Than Ever In This Mexican Riviera Photo Shoot

Jay Hernandez, star of the CBS reboot of 1980s Emmy-winning series Magnum, P.I., fits the bill perfectly as the charmingly rogue American hero Thomas Magnum. Photographer Derek Blanks snapped the star heating up the streets, beaches, and luxurious Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún for the September-October 2018 issue of Watch! magazine.

Jay Hernandez plays it cool in caliente Cancún

Jay Hernandez plays it cool in caliente Cancún

Jay Hernandez has racked up numerous awards and nominations for his varying roles over the years. Now, as the star of the CBS reboot of 1980s Emmy-winning series Magnum, P.I., Jay fits the bill perfectly as the charmingly rogue American hero, Thomas Magnum.

Derek Blanks snapped the star heating up the streets, beaches, and luxurious Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún for a Watch! cover story in the September-October 2018 issue.

Click to see through to see these sizzling photos—including web-exclusive bonus images—and get to know more about Jay Hernandez.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez has star quality

Jay Hernandez has star quality

Jay Hernandez was discovered in true cinematic fashion. While riding an elevator with his parents at the age of 17, a man stuck his hand between the closing doors and said, "Hey, you've got a great look. Have you ever thought about being in the movie business?"

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez won't stop believing

Jay Hernandez won't stop believing

While he entered the business early, the actor's career success didn't happen overnight. "I didn't work for years. I was going on auditions and not getting anywhere. I was ready to give up," he shares. Thankfully his manager and mentor convinced him to give it six more months. Three months later, Jay booked Crazy/Beautiful, a huge breakthrough for him.

Photography by Derek Blanks. 

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez struts his stuff

Jay Hernandez struts his stuff

With the news of the Magnum P.I. reboot, even Hernandez's mom couldn't quite believe it. When Jay told her that he'd have the starring role, "she almost fell out of her chair with excitement."

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez lends new perspective

Jay Hernandez lends new perspective

At 40, Hernandez is gearing up for the most high-profile role of his career by sharpening his diving and Ferrari-driving skills as well as fielding urgent questions from Magnum loyalists about the Detroit Tigers, aloha shirts, and of course—the 'stache.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez slows down when out of the driver's seat

Jay Hernandez slows down when out of the driver's seat

Jay loves fast cars and his 10-year-old Aston Martin. He first drove famous Ferrari 308 GTS when he got on set. He told Watch!: "It's tricky because the steering can be kinda clunky. It has the turning radius of an 18-wheeler."

Photography by Derek Blanks. 

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez makes a splash without the 'stache

Jay Hernandez makes a splash without the 'stache

Magnum's famous 'stashe gets a reboot too. Jay Hernandez smolders in stubble, but he's also "done the mustache thing before, so you never know. I can almost picture the mustache being its own character at some point. Set it up with an Instagram account, put it in a director's chair."

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez has big sandals to fill

Jay Hernandez has big sandals to fill

Initially, he was a little worried about taking on the iconic role. He loved watching Tom Selleck's charisma and "sly wink quality."

Jay tells us he was excited to see the show would be doing something "fresh and fun that builds off the original but really works for where we are right now."

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez takes it easy now

Jay Hernandez takes it easy now

Growing up, Hernandez's family was working class and struggled at times, "but we had each other and a roof over our heads, and somehow I got from Point A to Point B. But when Point B is Hollywood, it can take time to get comfortable with it. I'm still figuring this world out."

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez contemplates the past

Jay Hernandez contemplates the past

He had to get used to his fame after Crazy/Beautiful, initially retreating from it. "The movie had a lot of teenage fans, mostly girls, and it was so strange having girls freak out and literally start shaking when they saw me."

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez is far from El Diablo

Jay Hernandez is far from El Diablo

We’re fans of Jay Hernandez's everyday look, which is a far cry from that of his Suicide Squad character when he sported a shaved head, no eyebrows, and a skeleton face tattoo.

Photography by Derek Blanks. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, September-October 2018.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez hangs out

Jay Hernandez hangs out

Fun fact: Jay Hernandez is married to his former Hang Time co-star Daniella Deutscher—they met on the set.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez has big plans

Jay Hernandez has big plans

Though his primary focus is the success of Magnum P.I., he's taking time to produce a film that tells the story of immigration in America.

He wants to tell a story that considers different and divergent points. "It's super important right now to have intelligent debate and to listen to voices that don't always get heard."

Photography by Derek Blanks. 

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez has big plans

Jay Hernandez has big plans

Magnum P.I. will take him to new heights, but we also loved Jay Hernandez in Bad Moms, Scandal, Bright, Hostel, and Takers.

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez is ready for action

Jay Hernandez is ready for action

On skydiving in the opening episode: "They put me on a rig 50 feet in the air, and I had to guide it down and look like I knew what I was doing... man, they make this look so easy on TV!"

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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Jay Hernandez is serious about Magnum

Jay Hernandez is serious about Magnum

Jay Hernandez's brother has served in the Navy for over 20 years and appreciates how respectful the show is about their service. "Knowing how much this show means in the military makes me work extra hard to do justice to their stories and to tell those stories with dignity."

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Season 2 of Magnum, P.I. premieres Friday, Sept. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
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