NCIS: Los Angeles alum Renee Felice Smith may be gone from NCIS: Los Angeles, but she maintains a presence on social media and recently shared a photo of her face with a hilarious caption.
After a five-week dearth of pictures of herself, Smith posted an Instagram update: “Aaand, still got a face.” Alongside that caption, she took a mirror selfie in what appears to be her living room.
NCIS: Los Angeles Alum Is Excited About Post-NCIS Future
Smith left NCIS: Los Angeles last spring after 11 seasons. Her character, Nell, had been contemplating accepting a job as operations manager, the job Nell’s mentor Hetty (Linda Hunt) had been performing. But when push came to shove, Nell decided to go to Tokyo with Eric (Barrett Foa) to lead a new office there.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight earlier this year, Smith talked about Nell’s decision to leave for Tokyo and her decision to leave NCIS: Los Angeles after all those years.
“It’s truly difficult when you work with people you love who have become your family, who become so much more than your co-workers. A lot like me and our fabulous crew at NCIS: Los Angeles,” she said. “I do commend Nell for stepping into her power and really making a decision to serve herself rather than people-please and to serve others. It’s quite commendable.”
“I was fresh out of drama school” when she landed the role of Nell, Smith added. “So it’s time to take the leap out of the nest, and I truly believe that the best is yet to come.”
Smith Has a Children’s Book Out
Among those post-NCIS:Los Angeles projects is a children’s book, Hugo and the Impossible Thing, which Smith wrote with her partner, Chris Gabriel. Penguin Random House published it this year.
The genesis for the book was an ordeal that their dog, Hugo, had to go through. He suffered from an inoperable tumor. Everyone told Smith that was the end for Hugo. But Hugo and his humans weren’t ready to give up.
“Through great determination and really some truly brilliant doctors, Hugo made it to the other side of his illness,” Smith told ET. “We wanted to share Hugo’s story, but we knew we also needed to create a metaphor in which to do so, because we’re not writing a children’s book about a dog with a brain tumor. We created the metaphor of the impossible thing. And it’s really this labyrinth that Hugo and the forest animals have to navigate and find their way through.”
Their goal in writing the children’s book was to inspire kids not to accept the word “impossible.” Smith believes our society labels too many things as impossible when really, there’s a way through or around them. And to deal with difficult things, kids will need to learn perseverance and resilience.
It’s a lesson Smith is still learning herself. But her Instagram followers can join her on the journey, which will also include the occasional selfie.