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Be­ing cast in ac­tion-packed spy thriller Quan­tico (2015-cur­rent) was a dou­ble bless­ing for Le­banese-born Yas­mine al Massri. Not only did she have a job af­ter her pi­rate show Cross­bones (2014) was axed, she was given a chal­lenge: play­ing con­flicted Mus­lim FBI grad­u­ate twins Nimah and Raina Amin.

1 “Peo­ple love the twins,” says the

38-year-old. “They can’t be­lieve that I play both; one re­li­gious and veiled and quiet, the other… not so much.”

2 She left Lebanon in 2000 to study

act­ing and live per­for­mance at the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2007, she joined the Souraya Bagh­dadi dance troupe and started act­ing that same year.

3 Yas­mine has been mar­ried to her

ac­tor hubby Michael De­sante since 2011 and even got him a small role on Cross­bones. “It was the least I could do for up­root­ing our lives in Jor­dan and mov­ing us [they have a four-year-old son named Liam] to Puerto Rico overnight for film­ing,” she laughs.

4 The tough­est part of Quan­tico

isn’t learn­ing two sets of lines and hav­ing two char­ac­ters. It’s pull-ups for the phys­i­cal ex­er­cise scenes – the ac­tress stands on a box that’s just out of shot to make it look like she can do pull-ups.

5 Yas­mine be­came a US cit­i­zen

ear­lier this year and has no is­sue revealing who she voted for in the re­cent US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. “Hil­lary Clin­ton. I don’t feel that Don­ald Trump can re­late to women… or even hu­man be­ings. I don’t hate peo­ple who vote for him. I just won’t.”

6 And while she gets along with

all her co-stars, Yas­mine says that se­ries lead “Priyanka [Chopra – who plays Alex Par­rish] and I are like sis­ters. She’s just slightly pret­tier”.

Yas­mine al Massri plays Raina (left) and Nimah.

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