‘NCIS’: How Diona Reasonover Landed Role on the Show

by Madison Miller

Over the years “NCIS” has welcomed several new characters to the ever-growing investigative team. The nearly two-decades-long show has also been the home to several interesting guest stars. The most recent was “Home Improvement” star Patricia Richardson playing McGee’s mother-in-law.

For Diona Reasonover, who currently plays Forensic Scientists Kasie Hines in the series, her path to landing the role was somewhat complicated.

Audition Process and Fan Reaction

This is partially due to the fact that she was called in to audition shortly after undergoing knee surgery. This meant she had to audition for the part while she was on crutches. She was still able to put her best foot forward and earned a spot for herself on the program.

At the time, Reasonover was aware of the kind of pressure-filled role she was walking into. She was taking over for one of the most beloved characters on the show, Pauley Perrette. She was the former forensic scientist that audiences had grown to love and hated saying goodbye to.

Reasonover joined the series during season 16. It’s no secret that “NCIS” fans can sometimes have a hard time letting go of characters that have been on the series since the beginning. Take a look at what’s happening following Gibbs’ recent departure.

For Diona Reasonover, she said she felt the support of the fanbase regardless of replacing a fan favorite.

“I was really worried coming into a show that was already established. People know [the series] and people love it. To be coming in as the new person in this dynamic is really hard,” she told TV Insider in 2018.

Previous Roles that Stood Out

In addition, Reasonover had a couple of roles that made her stand out as a good contender for a position over on “NCIS.”

She had a role in the CBS Diversity Showcase, which she said is a major reason she was able to get on “NCIS.” The actor said that the writers of the Showcase would bring in new material each day and she had to learn to adapt very quickly.

“The showcase was about putting up a lot of sketches, and maybe you didn’t exactly know how the sketch was going to work. You had to go in there and you had to sell it,” Reasonover said in an interview with Newsweek.

That experience from the CBS Diversity Showcase clearly made her stand out for a dramatic CBS role on “NCIS.”

She now stars alongside the main crew, which includes Gary Cole, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Katrina Law, and Brian Dietzen.

Some of her previous roles include small appearances in “Future Man,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Drive Share,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Her role as Kasie Hines is the biggest entertainment world role she’s had to date.