Picks and Pans Review: Leverage's Elisabetta Canalis

updated 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THE ITALIAN JOB

She's usually seen on the arm of boyfriend George Clooney, but Elisabetta Canalis is going solo to play the international woman of mystery known as "The Italian" on the TNT drama. "We thought because she's a big star in Italy, and with her relationship, she'd have an entourage," says executive producer Dean Devlin of Canalis, 31, who returns for Leverage's Sept. 5 episode. "But she comes on her own." While her icy Italian is dark and manipulative, Canalis "is very self-effacing," says Devlin. "You say 'Cut!' and she's cracking jokes all day long."

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