‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Tori Anderson Opens Up About the Most Challenging Part of Playing Kate

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Tori Anderson believes that in real life, she’s the opposite of her character on NCIS: Hawai’i. You see, Kate Whistler comes across as a bit cold. Anderson isn’t like that at all.

So Anderson truly is acting when she portrays Kate, an agent with the DIA who works with NCIS: Hawai’i. Kate tries to be by the book. And she’s probably the most career-oriented person around, which is why she didn’t want to pursue a relationship with Lucy, at least not at first.

Anderson chatted about Kate and NCIS: Hawai’i, the newest franchise with the CBS juggernaut, during a recent interview with Looper.

“I think the biggest challenge for me is playing someone who comes off a little bit cold,” Anderson said. “Naturally, I feel like I’m quite an empathetic person. But Kate is very career-driven, and really sees the world in black and white, right and wrong, and just knows exactly what she’s supposed to do.”

And Anderson also offers up this on-screen dynamic about the show. She really likes the warmth of the folks who work for Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) in the NCIS: Hawai’i office. Secretly, she wants to work with Kai, Lucy, Jane, Jesse, and Ernie.

“The fun thing to play with her is her trying to develop relationships that aren’t just work-based, to sort of find the gray areas with people,” Anderson said. “I don’t know, but I think she spent her life quite lonely, and I think she’s really inspired by the team that Jane Tennant has built. So, that’s been a really fun aspect to play, — trying to figure out where she fits in with everyone in her team, in Jane’s team.”

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Lucy and Kate’s Relationship Is Developing on NCIS: Hawai’i

The Lucy-Kate dynamic has been a nice side story for NCIS: Hawai’i season one. From the very first episode, we could see these two had a past together and still were attracted to each other. Gradually, they warmed up to the idea of pursuing a romantic relationship. Fans saw them share a tender kiss. And in the latest episode, the two went out to dinner together and pondered whether to take their relationship public. Meanwhile, the two talked work and figured out a major detail in the case of the week.

NCIS: Hawai’i, along with lead-in NCIS, are taking Monday off, so there will be no new episodes for either show. CBS didn’t want to compete against the Alabama-Georgia game that will decide the national championship in college football.

However, NCIS: Hawai’i returns with a new episode, Jan. 17. It’s called The Game. And here’s the plot summary, courtesy of CBS: “When evidence to put away a drug kingpin is stolen, Lucy goes undercover at an underground poker tournament to find out which high-roller is behind the crime. Also, Lucy’s feelings are in turmoil when Whistler’s ex-girlfriend arrives in town.”

So as you can see from the synopsis, Kate and Lucy receive more screen time.