‘NCIS: LA’ stars Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen comment on possible Hawaii spin-off (exclusive)

Is NCIS about to add Hawaii to the mix?

NCIS: Los Angeles stars Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen opened up about the possibility of welcoming a new spin-off at the NCIS family, telling ET’s Matt Cohen earlier this week that they are excited about the prospect.

“I think it’s an exciting opportunity because, listen, Hawaii is Hawaii. And if there’s something we want to see on TV, it’s people in paradise running around catching the bad guys,” Olsen told ET, adding that the spin-off has not been issued yet. “I think it’s a great opportunity for an expansion of the franchise.”

“Yes,” Ruah agreed. “And obviously we know that the recipe for this franchise has worked quite well. I mean, we have 18 seasons. [for NCIS], 12 seasons [for NCIS: LA], seven for New Orleans and now comes a new one. It is an attractive franchise. So I hope they do well. “

On Tuesday, news broke that CBS was developing a new spin-off set in Hawaii. The next day, it was announced NCIS: NOLAit would end after its current seventh season, probably paving the way for the next Hawaii show.

Ruah and Olsen, who play a married couple in NCIS: LA and in real life they are in-laws, promoting Sunday’s episode, for which Ruah makes her directorial debut.

“This was more of a newborn passion that grew out of opportunity. I’m in a position where I’ve been on a show for a long time and it’s actually very difficult to start directing on TV and after a few friends talking to me and explaining these things to me, it was like, ‘You know, you’re right. If I don’t take this opportunity now, I may never have it again,’ “Ruah said. “It just so happens that I fell in love with him. So I plan to continue creating this parallel career with acting, which is my main passion, but I, but I really loved [directing]. “

“In terms of challenges, I don’t know if the word is challenge, it was more that I was able to see and learn things that I had never noticed before,” he said. “I always appreciated everyone’s work, but now I can see it from a [different] perspective. You see where all his work is created in the prep and I got to see that for the first time and it was really wonderful. I learned a lot. My colleagues were very supportive, they were very supportive, so everything was easier. “

Olsen praised Ruah’s first turn in the director’s chair and credited him with keeping track of every moment on set.

“I came home after four days and [my wife] It was like, ‘So how’s it going? How is Dani? And I was like, ‘She’s great. She is handling everything very well, she is exceeding all expectations, she is able to turn because she is very well prepared. She knows what shots she wants, she knows when she has them, she knows when she’s ready to go. He gives good grades, he’s aware of what he’s doing from a camera perspective, so I think he’ll have all the pieces he needs from editing. She’s great.'”

“It’s a tough transition from an acting perspective. You can really be unique about what you’re doing and as a director you have to be the ultimate in multitasking because you have to do 15 things at once and sometimes that’s difficult. I think. Dani put so much effort into preparing that she was so prepared that when things were going well she kept rolling and when things had to turn in the moment she was so well prepared that she could do it and still get her days and get her shots on. I think the episode is a testament to that because it is one of the strongest of the year. “

NCIS: LA airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET / PT on CBS. For more information, see below.

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