‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Tori Anderson Hadn’t Watched ‘Any’ of the Franchise Before Landing Role

by Shelby Scott

Prior to the debut of “NCIS: Hawai’i” last fall, its original series, “NCIS,” had been running on CBS for an impressive near two decades. “NCIS” finalized its 18th season last spring, debuting season 19 alongside the rookie show. That said, it would make sense that current spin-off series’ stars potentially grew into their own franchise careers following the iconic growth of “NCIS” mainstay Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, or even current star, Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee.

However, in a recent interview, current “NCIS: Hawai’i” star, Tori Anderson, revealed that despite the legacy of the CBS series and its spin-offs, she’d never watched any of the franchise before landing her own role within the “NCIS” universe.

One current storyline even surrounds her character, Kate Whistler, who currently maintains a forerunning role. Nevertheless, the fact she never watched any of the series provides her with a unique perspective in manifesting her role.

“I actually haven’t watched any of the ‘NCIS’ franchise,” Anderson shared with Looper. “So, this was sort of my first introduction to it–getting kind of thrust into the world.”

Nevertheless, the “NCIS: Hawai’i” star spoke to some of the “amazing” things she has learned since joining the cast. She has additionally begun watching the original series.

“I’ve started watching [‘NCIS’] since being cast, and I think what’s so amazing about this franchise is the fanbase.” She explained, “It’s a show that’s been going on for 19 seasons now. It’s so established…I’m almost glad I hadn’t watched the show before because having that kind of insurmountable pressure of trying to live up to something…I’m glad I kind of avoided that a little bit.”

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Prepares for Major Crossover with ‘NCIS’ Stars

“NCIS: Hawai’i” is relatively new in the franchise, premiering less than a year ago alongside its flagship show and ongoing spin-off, “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Nevertheless, the rookie show has done pretty well for itself. Early ratings saw “NCIS: Hawai’i” frequently taking the lead in its time slot during the fall season. Now, with its winter return, we can’t wait to see what showrunners have planned next.

That said, “NCIS: Hawai’i” and “NCIS” already has fans looking forward to a major crossover event. Deadline shared the news, stating the crossover will air this spring on March 28th. So, unfortunately, we still have a while to wait until our favorite Washington D.C.-based agents head to Hawai’i’s beautiful islands.

“NCIS” star Wilmer Valderrama shared the special announcement to his Twitter page last week in efforts to get fans excited.

“Crossover anyone?” he began the post. “Locked and loaded.” He then tagged his own series and the rookie series, following it with the inviting comment, “shall we?”

Indeed we shall, and Outsiders are more than excited to see what exciting, intense, and explosive storylines our combined teams come up with.