Ruah happened to make her directorial debut on “NCIS: Los Angeles” as well as starring in it. The first episode she directed aired on February 21, 2021, and was “Russia, Russia, Russia.”
The episode focuses a lot on Callen as he travels to the National Counterterrorism Center. He interrogates an asset from a plane crash he investigated in the past. Things get messy when he ends up getting detained and accused of being a Russian agent.
Episode Daniela Ruah is Directing of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’
Besides that episode, Ruah will also get to continue to show off her directing skills during the current 13th season.
She will get to direct the first episode of 2022, “Lost Soldier Down,” which airs on January 2.
The team will investigate a Navy intelligence officer who allegedly committed suicide after taking too much LSD. On a more personal note, Deeks decides to redo the backyard while Kensi is away without getting her input first. It’s likely that Kensi will have a smaller role in this episode since she is directing.
That isn’t the only episode she’ll be directing, however. She will also be directing another episode that will likely air late winter or early spring. She has shared images on her Instagram story of the team working.
It seems like Ruah may join the rotation of directors that work on “NCIS.”
The details related to this episode are not available at this time but will be closer to the release date.
It seems like Ruah may start to extend her interest in directing outside of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” According to her IMDb page, she directed an episode of “Contado por Mulheres,” which is a TV mini-series. The episode is currently in post-production.
Ruah Talks About Directing Debut
For Ruah, the opportunity to get to direct an episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles’ was a massive moment professionally and personally.
“It is a huge amount of responsibility, but the best thing about it is I have a team of incredibly talented department heads, and everyone else that works below them, that make the dream that is this show become a reality. The main thing I learned was to delegate and not micromanage everything because they know exactly what they’re doing so all I have to do is convey an idea and what I’d like it to look like and feel like and they just get it done,” Ruah said during an interview with “The Talk” in February.
Not only that, but Ruah said she hopes that directing will become a “parallel” career for her in the future.