‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Tori Anderson Is ‘Utterly Blown Away’ By Vanessa Lachey

by Quentin Blount
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NCIS: Hawai’i has been breaking barriers. One of the big reasons for that is that actress Vanessa Lachey plays the show’s main character.

NCIS: Hawai’i, of course, is a new spin-off from the original NCIS series, and the third spin-off in total. Like its predecessor, it follows a fictional team of agents in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In NCIS: Hawai’i, the team works out of the Pearl Harbor Field Office.

Leading the new team is Special Agent Jane Tennant, who is played by Vanessa Lachey. It is the very first time that the NCIS franchise has ever had a female leading agent. However, Lachey isn’t the only inspiring woman in the show. As a matter of fact, NCIS: Hawai’i, which airs on CBS on Monday nights, features several others like Yasmine Al-Bustami — she plays junior field agent Lucy Tara. Then there is also special agent Kate Whistler, an auxiliary member from the Defense Intelligence Agency. Kate is played by none other than Tori Anderson.

Speaking of Anderson, she previously told Looper that she is “blown away” by Vanessa Lachey as both an actress and a person.

“I’m utterly blown away by Vanessa,” she told the outlet. “She is probably the most generous, professional, kind Number One I’ve ever worked with in my life.”

Evidently, there’s a lot of things to like about Lachey. Not only is she talented on-screen, but she’s very kind and also very funny.

“I’m constantly learning that you can come to work and be professional and kind — she leads with kindness and grace, and she’s also just f***ing hilarious. She’s so fun.”

Vanessa Lachey ‘Sets the Tone’ on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

There’s no denying who’s in charge when it comes to NCIS: Hawai’i — it’s Vanessa Lachey. Not only is she the leading special agent in charge of the show, but she is also a leader on set.

“When you come on a show like this, the lead sets the tone of the show,” Anderson explained. “She’s just done such a remarkable job. I cannot speak more highly of anyone. I genuinely am very, very impressed with her.”

If Lachey is there, you know everyone is going to have a good time.

“You always know that you’re going to have fun. Venessa just makes everything memorable. The way that she brings the crew together, her laugh — she just has this hysterical laugh. We crack up during scenes all the time. She just makes it a really fun experience. I love the scenes where we’re all together because there’s no ego on this cast at all. So, when we all get in a room together, sometimes it’s hard to focus on the work because we all have so much fun together. It’s just a really fun cast and crew.”