October 18, 2010 12:00 PM

>He plays hard-nosed agent Kimball Cho on the CBS drama, but in real life, the single 37-year-old actor is all smiles

CHO HAS A JUVENILE RECORD. WERE YOU EVER A BAD BOY?

I got into my fair share of trouble, but nothing that sent me to juvenile hall! I thought about the military or law enforcement, but I had a gut feeling about acting.

YOU WERE QUITE THE ATHLETE GROWING UP.

I played football in high school, and I have a black belt in tae kwon do—that helps when I’m running down an alley chasing a perpetrator.

ARE YOU AS SERIOUS AS CHO?

No! I like to laugh and make jokes. I walk into a restaurant, and people are like, “We didn’t recognize you because you’re smiling!”

WHAT QUALITIES DOES YOUR IDEAL WOMAN POSSESS?

Smart, funny, maybe a bit fun-loving—that’s not too much to ask for, is it?

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