‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Says Director Larry Teng Is ‘One in a Million’

by Anna Dunn

NCIS: Hawai’i star Vanessa Lachey says that Director Larry Teng is “One in a Million” in a recent video about making the series. In a recent interview with Variety, Lachey talks about being on the show and what it’s like to work with the director. This is one of her first-ever dramatic roles.

“Larry on set is one in a million,” she said. And it seems like she’s not the only one who feels that way. “Larry just has a charisma about him that everybody in the crew and cast wants to be around. He has this innate ability to just get to your core and remind you of who you are and what you were doing with this character.”

She actually first met Larry Teng through her personal life. Their kids attended the same school in LA, and they met through that. Teng also has previously directed and produced for Hawaii Five-O, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, and NCIS: Los Angeles. He’s also a producer on NCIS: Hawai’i and helped with creating the whole show.

Lachey has since actually moved her Kids and husband to Hawai’i in order to be on the show, but the whole family has been so supportive and really seems to enjoy living there. And of course, Lachey now knows Teng very professionally as they’ve worked together to create NCIS: Hawai’i.

At the very beginning, Vanessa Lachey was really struggling with her confidence when it came to playing Jane Tennant.

“For some reason, with this role, I was struggling with my confidence,” Lachey told the publication. “Larry personally Zoomed me and said, ‘Vanessa, I think you’re perfect for this role.’ Just talking to him, made me believe in myself, and I’ll never forget it.”

Teng has an overall deal with CBS, so you’ll see a lot of his work on the Network.

Filming for the ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Pilot Wasn’t Exactly Smooth Sailing

But While Vanessa Lachey got the confidence to play the NCIS: Hawai’i character, filming for the pilot was still difficult. In fact, Lachey actually injured herself while filming the pilot. During a difficult action sequence, Lachey wound up really hurting herself.

“I did my Tom Cruise run, and then I pulled my knee, my groin, both calves, and, somehow, my arm,” she said “It was three seconds in the pilot.”

Thankfully, while it really hurt, she was still able to go on and film as normal.

If you want to catch Vanessa Lachey on NCIS: Hawai’i, the show is still on a bit of a hiatus. But thankfully, the mid-season break is almost over. The show will come back on Monday, January 3rd 2022 at 10/9 central right after an all-new episode of NCIS.