‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Alum Reveals She Went Through Three Months of Counseling After Leaving

by Kati Michelle
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Like several other series and franchises this year, the “NCIS” universe has seen its fair share of upsetting character exits. Gibbs (who may be coming back soon) is an obvious one because of all the blood, sweat, and tears Mark Harmon put into the character over 18 seasons. He left the show to retire from acting altogether, leaving the cast and crew on a good note. Unfortunately, not everyone had that same positive experience exiting the show. Shalita Grant is one actress who left “NCIS: New Orleans” after a different experience.

Shalita Grant openly spoke about the rocky exit in the past, attributing both “physical and emotional damage” to the departure. She has since come forward with new information, including the fact that she went through three months of counseling after leaving “NCIS: New Orleans.” Here’s what she said about how the show negatively impacted her.

Some of the Wounds From Set Were Invisible According to the Star

Towards the end of her time on the show, Shalita says she needed to get out to “save” herself. According to Shalita, the invisible emotional wounds that she experienced on set ultimately led her to seek out counseling. She wanted to continue acting but needed to take care of her mental health before continuing on that journey.

“When I left, I went through about three months of trauma counseling, because I had made a decision [that] I’m not gonna leave the business because of this. That’s letting them win. I’m gonna get on another show, but I know that I have to heal myself.”

She also discussed the more visible wounds she took away from set in reference to her hair and scalp.

Shalita Grant Describes Her Experience With the ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Hair and Makeup Team

Unfortunately, Shalita Grant’s poor experience on the set of “NCIS: New Orleans” started right at hair and makeup. WM Leader spoke to her on the phone and Grant detailed not being able to wear her hair naturally.

“My hair wasn’t welcome, and I was told my natural hair wasn’t welcome because it’s ‘vanity,’ my natural hair wasn’t welcomed because it ‘didn’t look professional,’ my hair wasn’t welcome because they thought it would take too long,” Grant relays. “The reality was, when I came out of that wig for the end of season four, the end of my tenure, my call for hair and makeup was much shorter.”

As the seasons carried on, her physical being was starting to get impacted noticeably.

“By the middle of season three, I started documenting my hair loss — from January 2017 to June 2017 — and at the front of my hair, I was almost completely bald,” she adds, highlighting the full extent of the physical damage.