‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: How Danielle Moné Truitt Landed Role of Ayanna Bell

by John Jamison

You know you’ve made it as an actor when TV shows don’t even need you to audition for a role. Danielle Moné Truitt found herself in that exact situation when Dick Wolf and Law & Order: Organized Crime came calling. The Ayanna Bell actor’s previous work spoke for itself.

One would think that finding a partner for Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler would take more than a simple presentation to the producers. But according to Danielle Moné Truitt, her casting was that simple.

She talked about the process during a recent interview with StarryMag.

“My manager reached out to me and said the casting director for Law & Order: Organized Crime wanted to present me to the producers as one of the leads. And I was confused. I was like, ‘When’s the audition?’ And she was like, ‘There’s no audition,” said Truitt.

To be fair, this wasn’t Truitt’s first rodeo with the Wolf Entertainment casting department. In 2020, she appeared in an episode of Chicago Med as Dr. Angela Douglas. It was a short-lived character, but they didn’t take long to find her something more permanent.

“The casting director, he previously cast me in Chicago Med. I had only done one episode so far, and he’d seen some of my other work on some of the other series that I was on. So I guess that was enough for him to present me to the producers, and Dick Wolf signed off on me. So I didn’t really have to audition for it, which was crazy,” Truitt continued. “To me, it took a long time to understand. Oh, I’m on this show—what a whirlwind. But I feel very grateful.

The Dynamic of Stabler and Bell’s Relationship is Changing Thanks to One ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Character

Speaking of casting, how about the addition of Guillermo Diaz as Sgt. Bill Brewster on Season 2 of Law & Order: Organized Crime? He’s only appeared in seven episodes thus far, but he’s made quite the impact. Especially recently, considering he was just officially promoted and is now technically in charge of Ayanna Bell and Elliot Stabler.

During an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, showrunner Ilene Chaiken talked about what that promotion means for Brewster’s future with the show. She went even further, speaking on how Bell and Stabler’s unfamiliarity with him complicates matters.

“We certainly hope so. And it also opens the door for a new and even more challenging relationship with Stabler and Bell, now that he’s officially their boss. Their former boss was a somewhat crotchety, but actually warm, individual whom they both trusted. And it remains to be seen whether they can trust Brewster,” said Chaiken.

We’re coming up on the midpoint of Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2, and it’s certainly going to be fun to watch these dynamics play out.