‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Vanessa Lachey Explains How Husband Nick ‘Dropped Everything’ for Her to Take Role

by Matthew Memrick
Photo: CBS

When “NCIS: Hawai’i” star Vanessa Lachey wanted to take a chance and take her lead role, her star husband Nick “dropped everything for her.”

The 48-year-old Nick Lachey started his music career in 1997 with 98 Degrees before branching out into TV and movie roles.

But when it came to Vanessa, he left “everything willingly and supportively” to support her and their three children. He left one full-time entertainment job to become a full-time dad and wife supporter.

The couple married in 2011 and have three children.

“NCIS: Hawai’i” premiered on CBS on Sept. 20 and is eight episodes into its nine-episode season. 

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Still Evolving

When Vanessa Lachey talks about married life, she told Entertainment Tonight that she knows it’s a different kind of love.

She said she’s grown, but the love they share has changed drastically from when they fell in love 15 years ago. It’ll be different when they’re grandparents down the road.

“I got it more and more in the past 15 years now; Nick and I have been together ten years married,” Vanessa Lachey said. “I am finally at this place where I am solid and comfortable to open up and say it is really empowering.”

Family Moved to Hawai’i For Mom

Vanessa Lachey’s “NCIS: Hawai’i” job meant moving the family to the NCIS: Hawai’i.

That meant Nick, Camden, Phoenix, and Brooklyn moved to paradise.

Vanessa Lachey recounted the conversation with her husband and his reaction to Entertainment Tonight. She said she talked and asked him what he thought. He responded with ‘Hawaii, umm, it could be worse.”

Later in the conversation, she said she’ll never forget him, saying, “‘This is your time, and you’ve been there in the past for me.’”

And it seemed like the family settled in just nicely. Vanessa Lachey even shared her children’s first day of school pictures back in August. She thinks they’re doing fine with the transition and told reporters that “kids are more resilient than adults.”

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star In NYC For Book

Lachey appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and talked about her book “Life From Scratch,” about cooking and family traditions on Monday. 

The actress and author said that the book intends to encourage families to “get into the kitchen and hang out together.”

She called the kitchen “the heart of the home” and said the book hoped to keep family cooking from becoming “overwhelming” and more about having fun for everyone.

While she was there, she shared two of her family’s favorite recipes: daughter Brooklyn’s holiday brunch casserole and a loaf of monkey bread. Both meals can take more than one person, and Lachey said she liked to get her family involved in the cooking process. Viewers learned the casserole is a Christmas morning staple in the Lachey home.