‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Daniela Ruah Honors Her ‘Hubby’ With Moving Veterans Day Tribute

by Jennifer Shea

Daniela Ruah’s husband is a veteran, and the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star posted a moving Veterans Day tribute to him on Thursday night honoring both those who served and those who patiently awaited their return.

“My hubby way back when, in the US Navy,” Ruah captioned a photo of her husband as a young man. “Happy Veterans Day to all who served and sacrificed, and to all who stayed behind, patiently awaiting their return.”

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Met Her Husband on the Set of the Show

Ruah and her husband, David Paul Olsen, met on the set of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” In fact, Ruah’s “NCIS: Los Angeles” co-star, Eric Christian Olsen, helped set Ruah and his brother up.

At the time, David Paul was serving as a stunt double for Eric Christian. He and Ruah had met professionally but didn’t know each other very well. So the younger brother introduced his older brother to Ruah, his co-star, and decided to set the two up.

“She was dating this guy that was awful, and he was dating this girl that was awful, and they weren’t themselves,” Eric Christian told Queen Latifah in a 2014 interview. “And I got to see her at work, and she’s this amazing, wonderful human being. And I know my brother, and he’s this amazing, wonderful human being. But they weren’t themselves in the relationship.”

So Eric Christian started saying nice things about his co-star to his brother, and then he would say nice things about his brother to his co-star. That seemed to get both his targets’ attention.

“And they’re both like, ‘Really? Really?’” Eric Christian recalled. “And that was enough to kind of get them both started in conversation. And it became this wonderful relationship.”

Ruah and Olsen Dish About ‘NCIS: Hawaii’

Meanwhile, Ruah and Eric Christian, now her brother-in-law, have been nothing but welcoming as far as the cast of “NCIS: Hawaii” is concerned. The “NCIS: Los Angeles” stars talked to Entertainment Tonight earlier this year about the addition of a new spinoff to the franchise.

“I think it’s an exciting opportunity because, listen, Hawaii is Hawaii. And if there’s anything that we want to watch on TV, it’s people in paradise running around catching bad guys,” Eric Christian told ET. “I think it’s a great opportunity for an expansion of the franchise.”

“And we obviously know that the recipe for this franchise has worked quite nicely,” Ruah chimed in. “I mean, we have 18 seasons [for NCIS], 12 seasons [for NCIS: LA], seven for New Orleans and now a new one’s coming. It’s an attractive franchise. So hopefully they’ll do great.”

Meanwhile, Ruah has recently turned to directing as well as acting, helming a couple episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles” starting this year. In “Sundown” and “Russia, Russia, Russia,” Ruah tested her wings as a director, turning in a performance that earned rave reviews from her co-star.

It remains to be seen if she’ll expand her directing credits in the future, but in the meantime, “NCIS: Los Angeles” fans can catch Ruah before the cameras next Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.