A Day at the Beach With Covert Affairs' Christopher Gorham

Christopher Gorham in Covert Affairs tv show
Summer's in full swing, and millions of Americans are plotting a beach escape -- for a day, a weekend or a luxurious longer stretch of sandy R&R.

We caught up with Christopher Gorham from USA's series Covert Affairs for the inside scoop on the actor's surprise beach party with his family.

I am a: Husband, father, son, actor and director.

Your beach stay in 2 words: Surprise party!

What beach did you visit?Laguna Beach, CA

Who went with you? My wife and three crazy adorable kids.

Where did you stay?Surf and Sand Resort.

What's your must-do thing in this beach area? Laguna's a great little beach town for a walk with an ice cream cone but the water's where I spend the bulk of my time.

You'd never go to the beach without packing: Towels, sunscreen and my camera. Some of my favorite family pictures are of us at the beach.

What's your beach soundtrack? It's one of the few places where I actively avoid soundtracks.

You'd be crazy to leave here without eating the: Ice cream!

Your beach day:

9 p.m.: I arrive at LAX, from working in Philadelphia, where a driver picks me up and tells me he's not taking me home. Before I can call the police, he also tells me that my wife, Anel, has arranged for him to take me to a secret location. Forty-five minutes later we arrive at The Surf and Sand Resort where Anel and the kids are waiting to celebrate my birthday with a surprise weekend away! Best. Birthday. Ever.

7 a.m.: My youngest is 4. We're up and about by 7, maybe splurging on a room service breakfast. Coffee tastes better when you're drinking it in your pajamas... at the beach.

9 a.m.: On the sand, in the waves, chasing kids and building castles.

Noon: Lunch by the pool and birthday cake.

2 p.m.: Back in the water. Well, near the water. My kids are still small enough to think twice about getting in more than waist deep.

5 p.m.: Showered and heading into downtown Laguna for a walk about and dinner. Katsuya has some sushi with our name on it. Not literally.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how badly do you want to go back to this beach? (1 = "Yuck, no thanks!" 10 = "Already have the next trip booked!"): 9 -- but only because I don't actually have the next trip booked and don't want to be caught in a lie in case I ever decide to run for office. I have no plans to run for office but apparently it's a fear of mine. Anel, my wife, and I have been vacationing in Laguna since 1999 and will continue to, I imagine, as long as they'll have us.

Christopher Gorham stars in USA's television drama Covert Affairs, which airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST. The show is about a young CIA agent who goes under cover and is aided by a blind CIA tech operative (Gorham). The new season premiers tonight.

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