‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Chris O’Donnell Breaks Down Callen’s ‘Understanding’ of His Identity

by Joe Rutland

Chris O’Donnell has been playing G. Callen since “NCIS: Los Angeles” started playing on CBS. What, though, does he know about his identity?

The actor talked about it during an interview in February 2021 with ET Canada.

“Well, I think there are stages where he thinks it’s a betrayal, and then as more information comes out he’s starting to understand why things are happening the way they are,” O’Donnell said. “But every time he thinks he gets a grip on it, and a little better understanding, another piece of information comes out.

“There’s nothing simple about it for him and we’ll see how long his patience will hold out,” O’Donnell said.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Also Features Callen Dealing With Relationship With Sam

“NCIS: Los Angeles” also focuses on his relationship with his partner out on the streets Sam Hanna, played by LL Cool J.

Callen also is a former foster child who was turned into a legend by Hetty Lange, played by Linda Hunt. Understanding his youth and birth parents remain something that Callen tries to work out within himself.

So, all of this is going on entering Season 13 of “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS. The season premiere can be seen on Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central.

Hetty, Kilbride Get Into Discussion As Her New Assignment Calls For Travel

Entering this new season, Hetty finds herself on “NCIS: Los Angeles” needing to travel back to Syria.

One thing: Kilbride, played by Gerald McRaney, doesn’t like it. He tells Hetty in her office that something came across his desk.

Hetty replied, “If it was a large cockroach with only one antenna, his name is Sheldon and he’s become some sort of office mascot.”

Kilbride said it caught some shredder edges.

“No, these were travel orders,” he said. “Do you think you’re going back?”

Hetty Tells Kilbride That She Has To Go Back To Syria

Well, she said she has to return. He said someone has to do so but he’s not sure it has to be her.

“You made a bloody mess of things over there the last time,” Kilbride said. “I will sign the order. But if you make it worse, you will be sacrificed for the sake of diplomacy. You do something really stupid and find yourself in a cage, again, you will be disavowed.”

Her reply? “Well, that’s terribly encouraging.” Want to see the video? Click this link to watch it.

Now McRaney is one of those actors who has been on a number of TV series in his career. They include “Major Dad,” “Simon and Simon,” “Promised Land,” and “House of Cards.” Others include “Jericho” and Deadwood.”