‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Daniela Ruah Opens Up About Husband’s Military Service, Veteran Families Reuniting

by Suzanne Halliburton

Did you know that NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah loves to watch a certain kind of video to elevate her spirits.

She specifically views clips of military personnel hugging on their families after not seeing them for so long. Outsiders, you’d have to have a heart of coal to not tear up watching these clips.

Ruah took time away from NCIS: Los Angeles to share some of these clips for another CBS show. It’s called The Greatest Stay at Home Videos. And Cedric the Entertainer hosts the show. Friday’s episode is all about the holiday season. So Ruah’s videos are all about the joy these families feel when seeing their loved ones.

She said they make her cry every time. But she’s also tapping into her own feelings related to her husband’s former career.

“First of all, my husband actually was in the military, (he’s) former military,” Ruah told Cedric the Entertainer. Then Cedric jumped in: “He was a Navy SEAL.”

Ruah continued: “I remember waiting for him for a month or two sometimes. And I remember how it felt to receive him home. I watch these military personnel videos coming home to their families and it’s so joyful and (with) so much love that I can’t help but get emotional.”

Ruah plays Kensi Blye on NCIS: Los Angeles. The agents on the series investigate crimes committed by or against Naval personnel or those in the Marines. On the series, Kensi’s late father was a former Marine.

In real life, she’s married to David Paul Olsen and they have two young children. Ruah’s husband also is a stunt double on NCIS: Los Angeles. And he gets to stand in for his wife’s on-screen husband, Eric Christian Olsen, who portrays Marty Deeks. You probably notice that each man has the same last name. That’s because David is Eric’s older brother.

Deeks and Kensi are known as Densi on NCIS: Los Angeles. Because every cute TV couple deserves a social media hashtag.

Ruah told Cedric the Entertainer that all the videos she collected for his show are “all special to me.”

“We live in a very complicated world and once in awhile we get these very genuine, human moments,” said the NCIS: Los Angeles star.

She said the videos are “all special to me because each one is about military families, military personnel being reunited with their family members. I think that’s all something we all can relate to, reuniting with someone we love, especially now, right? Where everybody hasn’t seen their family members in so long, (they) know what it’s like to get that hug.”

NCIS: Los Angeles is on holiday hiatus. The show returns Jan. 2 with an episode called Lost Soldier Down. And Ruah directed it. So stick with Outsider for more details.

Also, check out the CBS sneak peak of Ruah’s appearance on the video show.