By Meredith Jacobs
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The NCIS: Los Angeles team is dealing with quite a bit of change in Season 12, both professionally and personally.
Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are looking to the future, trying to have kids while he’s also figuring out his career (his liaison position has been terminated permanently, and becoming an NCIS agent at his age isn’t possible for the LAPD detective). Analyst Nell (Renée Felice Smith), who wasn’t even sure if she wanted to keep working at the agency, is filling in for the MIA operations manager Hetty (Linda Hunt). Eric (Barrett Foa) is off doing his own thing. And the younger generation of agents has come in: Fatima (Medalion Rahimi) and Rountree (Caleb Castille).
Here, Ruah discusses those changes and making her directorial debut (Episode 11) later this season.
Both Hetty and Eric are off doing things that we’ve only heard about vaguely. Who’s going to return first, and whose work will we learn more about first?
Daniela Ruah: Those are pretty elusive characters this season. Hetty is doing Hetty stuff, still pulling strings at a distance. And then Mr. Eric Beale, last season, he was up in San Francisco developing some technology [and] all of that went bust, but the technology he developed did not. So he’s now a multi-million-dollar major tech developer, our little ol’ Eric Beale, and shows up with a mustache! We’re just like, “Who is this guy who’s been transformed?” He’ll be present but working on his own stuff.
And you’re directing this season. What made now the right time?
Even though this is when it’s happening, this has actually been in the making for a year and a half, [from] the time that I realized this is something I really wanted to do. It is a passion that has grown from opportunity versus, “oh, I always wanted to direct.” It wasn’t that. I realized that I was wasting a wonderful opportunity by not directing.
Because essentially being in a production like this, that works so efficiently and has such a tight-knit family, if I’m ever going to try this for the first time, it has to be here because I know the characters, I know everybody’s names, I know what everybody does. All those things that you have to learn in a classroom and then try to apply it to real life, I’ve been living in a classroom, in film school for 12 years. All I had to do was start listening and start watching and paying attention to things that were outside of my job description. And all of a sudden I realized how organic everything felt to me.
Obviously it’s not uncommon. I’m not unique. There are a lot of actors that jump into directing, editors, script supervisors, DPs, first ADs, camera operators. Chris O’Donnell has directed before on our show. A couple of our producers have directed. This is a very safe space and I’m not dealing with potential egos because I’m dealing with family and we’re all super open, and if I have a terrible idea, someone’s going to be honest with me about it. And if somebody starts to introduce an idea that is not something I’m too happy with, I’m perfectly comfortable telling them that. If I’m going to do this for the first time, it has to be here. I met my husband, got married, have two kids, bought my first house, and dammit, I’m going to direct my first episode.
Are you interested in also writing? Eric Christian Olsen has.
No, no, no. Zero passion, zero interest, zero skill, zero talent for it. I think we need to be realistic about limitations. I think I have the capability to learn and become a great director, and this is not ego talking. Obviously I’m going to make a lot of mistakes. But I think that I’m capable of eventually becoming a good director. But I can tell you right now that I do not have potential of becoming any eventual anything when it comes to writing. I’m going to leave that to Eric because he is in fact one of the most talented people in words in general. All you gotta do is read his captions on Instagram. Oh, that’s Nobel Prize-winning writing right there.
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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 12, Episode 5 of NCIS: Los Angeles, “Raising the Dead.”]
By Meredith Jacobs
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The second of the December 6 double helping of NCIS: LA is one of the best episodes of the series — and the most terrifying one since Season 9’s “The Monster.” That makes sense since both were written by Frank Military, who also guest stars in “Raising the Dead” as David Kessler, who so badly wants to haunt Kensi Blye’s (Daniela Ruah, who delivers one of her best performances of the series) nightmares.
The agent must speak with the man she helped put away prior to joining the Office of Special Projects (among his crimes: human trafficking of minors) because he knows where a man who wants to kill the president is and will only tell her. Among his chilling words during the Hannibal-esque conversations is a promise to hunt her down, have sex with her, and kill her when he escapes, “maybe not in that order.”
He shares what he knows only after a secret phone call with the president(!). “You’ll never get me out of your head now,” Kessler promises as Kensi leaves. He may be right because that call also results in his release, by presidential executive order, for undisclosed national security issues. And he’s not alone: his girlfriend, Michelle (Izabella Miko), is with him after fooling Callen (Chris O’Donnell) into thinking she was terrified of him.
Meanwhile, Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) finds out that not only has his liaison position with NCIS been terminated permanently, but the agency never takes people his age — and there’s nothing Hetty (Linda Hunt), from an undisclosed location, or Nell (Renée Felice Smith), filling in for her, can do.
Here, Ruah breaks down “Raising the Dead,” “Densi” this season, and more.
How soon are we going to revisit Kessler? Will he return or will we see more of the psychological first, with him in Kensi’s head like he said he’d be?
Daniela Ruah: We haven’t shot any episodes where he comes back, but I know for a fact this is one of those seeds that gets planted, as NCIS: LA tends to do, where later on when you least expect it, it just blows up in your face. It surprises the audience.
In the [December 13] episode, there’s obviously a concern from Deeks — “You shouldn’t be doing this, Kessler’s still out there” — but Kensi seems to be a little bit less concerned than he is. She’s dealt with this guy. She definitely knows how dangerous he is [and] what he’s capable of. But her mentality is, “I’ve caught you once, I can catch you again.” She’s too smart, too mature.
Even during this episode, she definitely shows some cracks as he’s trying to manipulate — he keeps knifing, right? He’s trying to look for that weak spot until he finds one, when he talks about her inability to have children — but she’s a mission-first woman. “I’m not going to let this guy break me. I need to find this other guy before he tries to kill the president.”
I think he’s going to come back in the future to haunt them, but for now, we’ve gone on with our lives.
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By Matt Webb Mitovich
The future is not looking bright — at all — for either Kensi Blye or husband Marty Deeks, coming out of this week’s NCIS: Los Angeles double header.
When summoned to coax intel from David Kessler, a deplorable old foe, about a fellow escaped con, Kensi inadvertently played right into the savvy killer’s hand. Because as the team realized in the second hour’s final moments, Kessler got caught during the prison escape on purpose, so as to leverage his info on the other convict into a private phone call with the President of the United States. Through his fellow escapee, who used to snoop for the CIA, Kessler came to possess compromising information on many a D.C. politician, so he used his VIP phoner to blackmail out of POTUS an executive order ensuring his release.
And mind you, Kessler made clear his designs on killing Kensi… among doing other things.
This new, looming threat of when Kessler (played by the episode’s writer, Frank Military) will strike “will be a ticking time bomb, which a great thing that this show does,” Daniela Ruah tells TVLine. “That seed has been planted, and it’s going to blow up in your face when you least expect it.”
Yet while Kensi is of course fearing for her life, “Deeks seems to be a lot more concerned than she is,” Ruah previews. “But it’s always like that. Listen, when my mom would fly to come see me before all this quarantine stuff, I would be a lot more concerned about her flying over here than when I’m the one flying over there. When it’s not you and you’re not seeing through your own eyes, it always feels a lot bigger and worse than it is.”
As if the threat of Kessler being in the wind and rarin’ to exact revenge wasn’t enough, Kensi and her husband also have to come to terms with the fact that Deeks’ job as a liaison between the LAPD and NCIS has been terminated. Permanently. There is nothing that even the mighty Hetty can do to unring this bell, and as Nell made pretty clear, Deeks is too old to go through FLETC and become a rightful NCIS agent.
Ruah hedged a bit on teasing what’s next for the family-planning, house-shopping marrieds in light of Deeks’ clipped career (“I don’t know if I’m allowed to reveal anything…”), but she did head off any concern that scene partner Eric Christian Olsen is leaving the high-octane procedural.
“Listen, if Eric were leaving the show permanently, we would know about that by now, and that’s obviously not the case,” she said. “So, somewhere and somehow, things happen that change the course of where the story is going.”
TVLine spoke with Ruah about the intense face-off ahead, acting opposite NCIS: LA writer Frank Military, and her newly announced directorial debut (slated to air February 2021!!!🎉💪🎥🎬).
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This Sunday will be twice as nice for fans of CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles, which is serving up not one but two fresh episodes, beginning at 9:30/8:3oc.
In the second hour, titled “Raising The Dead,” a prison break lets loose a man with designs on killing the President of the United States, so Special Agent Kensi Blye (played by Daniela Ruah) is forced to grill the other, captured escapee, David Kessler, for a possible lead. Thing is, Kessler is a bit of a Kensi Blye “superfan” — and a very twisted one at that — seeing as she was responsible for his prison stint to begin with.
TVLINE | What was your reaction when you heard Kensi would be getting her own Silence of the Lambs moment?
You know, I don’t know that I even made that connection at first. First of all, when I read the script, I thought, “They’re going to have to hire a really strong actor to play David Kessler,” because the character’s so beautifully written — and it wasn’t until I walked into hair-and-makeup and saw Frank Military, who is the writer of the episode, walk in as well. I was like, “Oh, hey. What are you doing here so early?” He was like, “I’m playing David Kessler,” and it blew my mind.
I was so happy and excited, because who better to play to play this dark, twisted character than the guy that thought him up? Frank was an actor 20 years ago before he became the incredible writer that he is, so to be able to go back to those chops…. It’s interesting because now that he’s a father, I think age gives us a certain gravitas, a certain weight to certain types of storytelling. So he was just incredible, and I was honored, really. That’s the word — I was honored to work with him in this capacity.
TVLINE | Tell me everything you know about the episode you’re directing, to air in February.
Yeah, it’ll be my first experience directing television. It is not a big jump, I don’t think — I mean, living in a show like this for 12 years is essentially like attending film school, right? If you open your eyes, and you open your ears, and you pay attention, you’re going to learn most of what you need to know on a theoretical basis.But then it’s a question of putting it into practice, and I am surrounded by people I trust blindly to help me, to collaborate with me on everything. I know how hard it is to get a job like this to begin with, and I’m very fortunate to have my first experience be with my family because that’s what it is.
TVLINE | Do you know if you’re getting, like, a helicopter chase or…?
I don’t think I’m getting a helicopter chase [Laughs], but I don’t think that’s because of me, I think that’s just the general logistics of that. No, I have [the script] for almost the whole episode, and thus far it’s pretty wonderful.
Also, just in the last few years, [showrunner] Scott Gemmill and our other producers have been, I think, more creative with how the show is put together. We are a network procedural and you have to have those boundaries that we fall into, but I feel like they’ve made those parameters a little wider than they used to be, and I find that directors are coming in and being able to be a bit more original with what they are able to shoot, and how they are able to shoot. So, I look forward to being creative and collaborating with my family.
In this new interview with Daniela Ruah, the actress dishes on some of the things we can expect to see in upcoming episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.
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Life started to fall apart for Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) last month on the Season 12 premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles when Deeks was informed that his services as an LAPD liaison to NCIS were no longer needed. And to make matters worse, he can’t return to the LAPD because of cutbacks, his job there was also eliminated.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time because the couple were discussing buying a house and starting a family.
“Last season, Kensi was concerned about getting pregnant,” Ruah tells Parade.com. “The biggest disagreement between Deeks and Kensi was the fact that he was ready to settle down and have children and she just wasn’t ready to do that because she didn’t know who she was without this job. And now the table’s turned a little bit, now he’s the one who’s very concerned about the logistics, which makes total sense.”
The fact that they have each seem to have done a 180 makes for an interesting storyline. And viewers can’t find fault with either of them because both of them are completely justified in how they feel about the situation.
“Deeks is very concerned about the logistics, about having only one income, and we’re about to buy a house and we want to get pregnant,” Ruah continues. “And we can’t afford to do any of this right now. She has become the glass is half full partner in the relationship. ‘We’re going to make it work. We can do this. We can do this because together we can do anything,’ which is incredibly romantic because she loves him so much. It’s like, ‘We’re going to make our life work the way we want it to work no matter what, we just have to figure it out.’”
Happy birthday sweet Daniela! Wishing you all the happiness and joy this world can bring!
You are a light and an inspiration to so many! 💖
May we continue to celebrate this day with you for many years to come! 🎉🎉🎉
Muitos parabéns querida Daniela! Desejo-te toda a felicidade e alegria que este mundo pode trazer!
És uma fonte de luz e inspiração para muitos! 💖
Que possamos continuar a celebrar este dia contigo por muitos mais anos! 🎉🎉🎉
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IN ORDER TO GET CRITICAL INTEL ON A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY, KENSI MUST COME FACE TO FACE WITH A SOCIOPATH WHO HAS BEEN OBSESSED WITH HER SINCE SHE PUT HIM JAIL YEARS AGO, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” SUNDAY, DEC. 6 AT A SPECIAL TIME
“Raising the Dead” – In order to get intel on a matter of national security, Kensi must come face-to-face with a sociopath who has been obsessed with her since she put him in jail years ago. Also, though Deeks is desperate to keep Kensi safe, he is forced to leave NCIS, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES at a special time, Sunday, Dec. 6 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.