‘NCIS’ Former Star Renée Felice Smith Joins ‘The Talk’ to Discuss Exciting Next Career Step

by Madison Miller

From an “NCIS” analyst to writing a children’s book, Renée Felice Smith is taking an all-new step in her career.

Renée Felice Smith is most known for her role as Nell Jones on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” She was originally intended to be a recurring character, but was upgraded to a main cast member when the show was impressed by her acting and character portrayal.

Smith has been around for 11 seasons, but is saying goodbye to the popular crime show. Now, she’s excited about a new project she can share with her fans.

Smith co-wrote the book “Hugo and The Impossible Thing” with her partner Chris Gabriel. Sydney Hanson was the illustrator for the children’s book. Smith recently appeared on “The Talk” on CBS to discuss her new foray into children’s books.

“So we wrote ‘Hugo and the Impossible Thing’ really as a celebration once Hugo had made it through his own impossible thing. Instead of thorny mazes and raging rivers as pictured in our book, our Hugo overcame a life-threatening illness,” Renée Felice Smith shared.

Sadly, her dog did end up passing away from that life-threatening illness when it took the form of a brain tumor. However, her furry companion made it through a series of these “Impossible Things” during his life.

“Our hope for the book is that Hugo will inspire readers, young and young at heart, to politely ignore the naysayers and really to set out and conquer their own impossible thing, whatever it may be,” Smith said.

Renée Felice Smith Talks Leaving ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

During the season 12 finale of “NCIS: Los Angeles” fans said goodbye to a longtime favorite, Nell Jones.

Her character left after it was announced she would be joining Eric Beale on his adventure to Tokyo. This is where Beale is starting up his own tech venture. However, before the two drove off, Nell Jones reunited with Hetty, who had long been absent from the show. In fact, it was Linda Hunt’s very first appearance of the season.

It was beyond bittersweet.

Now, Smith is ready for her next move after her long run on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Nell was a natural leader on the show with her intelligence. She went from a sidekick to a boss.

“I think that I’ve been ready for my next chapter for a while now, in whatever form it will take. But it’s surely to be centered around storytelling. I hesitate to be part of the ‘cliché actress’ calling herself a storyteller, but I really am one. I’m a writer. I’m a director. We are developing television currently. We have another indie in the works. I want to tell compelling stories, poignant stories that offer an escape and chance of reflection for the viewer, so that’s where my focus is,” Smith shared with TV Line.