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Apr 17

Is there any word on whether the NCIS: LA finale this year will have a cliffhanger? —Dee

Sure sounds like it! “Oh my gosh, people will be floored. I’m not kidding,” Daniela Ruah, who plays Kensi, shared with me. “We’ve had edge-of-your-seat moments before, but this is a real big one — and it’s not something that’s going to just be resolved. It’s something that’s going to stick with us for the remainder of the show, until we go off the air. It’s not just a Season 8 thing, it’s something that’s going to be present forever.”

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Apr 17

Fun fact: Three years before joining the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles, Daniela Ruah won Dancing With the Stars in Portugal, where she grew up. In this week’s episode, she shows off her salsa skills when her character, agent Kensi Blye, goes undercover in a nightclub following a deadly shooting. We talked to the actress—who gave birth to her second child in September—about getting back on her dancing feet.

Did you know you were ready to boogie again?
I was very much in the dancing mood. Last year, they told me there was a salsa episode coming up for me. I’d just found out that I was pregnant, but it was too early to tell anyone. So I was like, “Oh my God, I’m so excited!” knowing I wouldn’t be able to do it. But they pushed the episode back. So I’d been looking forward to the episode for this entire season. Rehearsing for it reminded me how happy I am when I dance. It’s silly, but true.

When did you start dancing?
My mom put me in tap classes when I was 3 and that turned into going to ballet, and then we added jazz classes and modern dance. I did a little bit of everything but definitely not any Latin or ballroom dancing. That I learned on Dancing With the Stars.

How does Kensi account for her smooth moves?
As I understand it, she goes out dancing with her girlfriends Cat, Mindy, Mandy, Tiffany and Tiffany—those are their names!—on the weekend. It’s a hobby.

What did your costars think?
Chris [O’Donnell] and LL [Cool J] came to the set at the end of the day and saw me in my little red dancey outfit and eyed me up and down going, “What’s going to come of this?” But they were super supportive. Eric [Christian Olsen, who is also Ruah’s real-life brother-in-law] was in the same boat—he knows how much I love it!

NCIS: Los Angeles airs Sundays at 8/7c, CBS.
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10
Apr 17

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star Daniela Ruah goes back to her ‘Dancing With the Stars’ roots on Sunday’s episode of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’


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Apr 17

Now that she’s back in action fulltime, NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) goes undercover as a professional dancer on the “From Havana with Love” episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, airing this Sunday.

For those who may not know, Ruah competed on and won Dança Comigo (the Portuguese version of Dancing with the Stars), so she was definitely jazzed when they told her about the episode.

“It was one of the most fun times I had shooting an episode,” Ruah told Parade.com in this exclusive interview. “I get to dance, I get to fight and I get to do some comedy.”

This week’s investigation is of defense contractor Rebecca Larmont (Shanna Collins), who is designing a nuclear attack weapon, after her estranged husband, Victor Larmont (Lou Ferrigno Jr.), says he has proof she is selling Navy secrets to a foreign government. As part of the investigation, Kensi goes undercover as a professional dancer at the Cuban club where Victor works.

So what about Kensi’s partner in crime solving, LAPD Detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen)? Does he put on his dancing shoes?

“People would love to see Eric dancing at some point, so we will see what happens,” Ruah says. “There are actually three segments in the episode in which I dance and he was there for all three of them. He was a part of the scenes in which I am dancing. He is very supportive, actually. He knows I love dance.”

During our conversation, Ruah also talked about how she enjoys when the writers add new qualities to her character, how dancing is not something we would suspect Kensi does, how she took off the baby weight — daughter Sierra was born Sept. 4, bringing the baby to work, and more.

Was this episode written specifically because the writers knew you had won Dança Comigo in Portugal?
They did know that I had participated in Dancing with the Stars in Portugal, but I don’t know if that was the reason they necessarily wrote it in. They know I love dance, regardless of my participation in Dancing with the Stars, I have a dance background. I majored in dance in college.

Joe Sachs, who wrote the episode, told me late last season that he was thinking of writing this episode where I would get to salsa dance in a club. I had just found out I was pregnant with my daughter and I wasn’t telling people yet because it was too early to reveal that. At the time, I just smiled and said, “I am so excited for that. I really look forward to it,” knowing I wouldn’t be able to do it whenever he was planning to do it.

Then I was so lucky, and he was so sweet, because he really wanted the episode to happen, so they ended up pushing it to the end of this season, so I was not pregnant and able to dance. It was something that was a long time coming and was interrupted by my pregnancy but it happened anyway. That was really exciting.

Since you enjoy dance so much, is it one of the activities you used to take off the baby weight?
Funnily enough, no, I can’t say it is. Do I dance at home? Sure. Sometimes my son [River, 3]and I will prance around the house and dance. He responds to music so wonderfully, but I wouldn’t say it is something that brought me back into shape. I didn’t do any classes. I wish I had. It was mostly gym work with a personal trainer, jogging, working out with the kids, and eating healthily.

This is so not Kensi to me. She is great at martial arts, she’s a a super sniper, so where does dancing fit into Kensi’s life?
There’s a very fine line between martial arts and dance. Kicking with your foot stretched out, or kicking with your foot flat in someone’s face, in terms of flexibility, it’s all kind of the same thing. Of course, the technique is different. I actually think if you have dance, there’s a certain body language in your body, so when somebody says, “Turn your hip out. Turn your foot in. Stretch your arms. Stretch your legs,” your body understands that language whether you’re supposed to be attacking someone or defending yourself, or dancing. It’s the same kind of language.

In the episode, I go out dancing with my girlfriends every Saturday and they say I’m pretty good, so I’m going to audition for this guy at the club. That’s what’s behind it, but I would agree with you. That’s one of the fun things about these characters is there is always stuff that pops up and is something new about them. You have to stay creative after eight years of a show. How do you keep an audience interested if you just keep them with the stereotyped type traits that we all know about and never add anything new? It could get boring. I actually commend our writers for keeping it interesting.

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07
Apr 17

NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Kensi Blye has got moves, as we’ve seen in any number of action and fight sequences over the years. But this Sunday (CBS, 8/7c), viewers will lay witness a whole new side to the Special Agent, as she goes undercover as a salsa dancer.

TVLine invited Daniela Ruah to share how the storyline came to be (including the “baby bump” it hit along the way), reveal what smooth move of his own Deeks may have to show off and take us behind-the-scenes of Kensi’s holiday “brawl” with Anna Kolcheck.

TVLINE | What sets the stage for this dance episode?
I asked myself the same question, when our writers told me there would be a dance episode — “Howwww are we going to make NCIS agents dance? What’s the purpose?” Basically, there’s a guy who works at this Cuban club and he is upset that his wife is selling government secrets to foreign agencies. He’s also very bitter because she’s divorcing him, so he decides to pin this on her, which brings us to the club he works at, because we have to investigate both sides of it. I end up going undercover as a salsa dancer.

TVLINE | What is Kensi’s reaction to the assignment?
I think she’s actually pretty excited. She dances with her girlfriends on weekends, which is what she tells the guy shes auditioning for — and he’s very arrogant with her, like, “I don’t have the time for this.” But she’s like, “Just give me a chance,” and he does, and he likes what he sees. That allows her to infiltrate and spy on the place a bit.

TVLINE | How much of a heads up did you the actress get?
I got a lot of heads up and I’ll tell you why: Late last season, [consulting producer] Joe Sachs — a very adventurous writer who wrote the episode where Kensi and Deeks wind up in the house with the giant Tesla coil that they have to deactivate — told me, “There’s this episode where I want you to dance salsa.” I was so excited, but when he told me this I had just found out that I was pregnant with Sierra [who was born in September]. I was thinking, “Oh my gosh, this is never going to work because I’m going to be super-pregnant.” It was too early to tell anybody at that point, so I smiled and said I was looking forward to it, then I ended up telling Joe I was pregnant. And he was so sweet, and so were the producers — they ended up pushing it to the end of this season, when they knew I would be able to dance again.

The guy that I dance with, George Akram, he’s a Broadway performer who a few months before we shot the episode had come off of playing Bernardo in the West Side Story revival, so he’s a triple threat kind of performer! It made me feel very comfortable that I was dancing with somebody who actually knew what they were doing. I have a tendency to take the lead on things, so I was happy I didn’t have to.

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07
Apr 17

Question: Before this season of NCIS: Los Angeles ends, will we get an update from Hetty about Granger’s fate? —Michelle
Ausiello: Granger (who was played by the late Miguel Ferrer) will be mentioned during an episode that airs later this month.

Question: Will we see a Densi wedding this season on NCIS: LA? —Tim
Ausiello: You will get a proper proposal by the time the May 14 finale rolls around, Daniela Ruah tells us, “But we will not get a wedding [this season].”

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07
Apr 17

A GOLD HEIST INVESTIGATION PARTNERS THE NCIS: LA TEAM WITH HETTY’S FORMER COLLEAGUES FROM THE VIETNAM WAR, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” SUNDAY, APRIL 30

John M. Jackson Guest Stars as Retired Admiral AJ Chegwidden

James Remar Guest Stars as Admiral Sterling Bridges,

and Carl Lumbly Guest Stars as Retired Captain Charles Langston

“Golden Days” – A gold heist investigation has the NCIS team working with Hetty’s former Vietnam War colleagues, Retired Admiral AJ Chegwidden (John M. Jackson), Admiral Sterling Bridges (James Remar) and Retired Captain Charles Langston (Carl Lumbly), on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, April 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: Guest stars #JohnMJackson, #JamesRemar & @CarlLumbly join @NCISLA for a gold heist case 4/30 8PM #CBS


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Apr 17

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