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By Christina Shanahan
Updated Mar 01, 2016 @ 1:15 pm
Jens Langkaer

NBC's Blindspot is back for the second installment of its gripping first season, and we're picking up right where we left off with Jane Doe (played by Jaimie Alexander) and her mysterious past. For Alexander, the return of the show means slipping back into her character's full-body tats. We caught up with her to get the downlow on what it's like to get all that ink painted on. So does she like the look? "I absolutely love it," she said. "If I weren't an actress, I'd be fully sleeved. Almost everyone I work with is covered in tats."

Alexander says that there are, however, times when her faux ink poses red carpet dilemmas. "I wore a rainbow-colored Armani dress to the Emmys last year, which I chose partly because I had to hide the body paint since I couldn't get it all off by the time I had to show up for the awards," she explains. "It turned out to be the second heaviest dress they've ever made."

Another wardrobe secret from the Blindspot set? Due to the lengthy application time, Alexander only sports the false tattoos on areas of skin that will be exposed on camera. "It takes eight hours to apply it from head to toe," she says. "So most days when I'm wearing three-quarter sleeves, we'll do it just high enough on my arms so that it looks realistic if my sleeve gets pulled up. When I'm filming fight scenes, we make sure you don't see my torso since I usually don't have the tattoos on there—I wear a tank top under my shirt and tuck it into my pants so it doesn't ride up."

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