‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Looks Back on Hilarious Moment When Upcoming Show ‘Met Up With’ LL Cool J & ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

by Anna Dunn

Vanessa Lachey, the new star of the upcoming NCIS: Hawai’i, just shared a photo set of when she met up with the NCIS: Los Angeles cast as a host in 2007. There, she got to hang out with LL Cool J.

“#TRLtuesday when NCIS: LA met up with NCIS: Hawai’i back in the day! Yes, I sat on his back while he did push-ups! Beast Mode! #2007,” Lachey captions the post.

Little did she know that fourteen years later, she’d be getting her own time to shine with the NCIS franchise. Lachey, who has been an actress and TV show host since the early 2000s, recently landed the leading role in the upcoming NCIS: Hawai’i. It’ll be the first time in any NCIS show that a woman will play the lead.

Lachey Will Play Jane Tennant on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

Lachey is set to play Jane Tennant, the woman in charge of a team of special agents and field specialists. According to her character description on Deadline, Tennant is “A woman in a male-dominated profession. She’s thrived in a system that’s pushed back every step of the way through equal parts confidence and strategy.”

But that’s not all she is because her description paints her as a single mother desperately trying to juggle two essential parts of her life.

“Tennant is more than just a job and a title. She’s a mother raising her kids mostly on her own. Like any parent who loves their career and their family – she’s a master juggler – balancing the duty to both her children and her country.”

NCIS: Hawai’i will also star Yasmine Al-Bustami and Jason Antoon. Al-Bustami is an Emirati-American actress best known for her work on The Originals on the CW. Antoon, on the other hand, is best known for his work in multiple movies in shows, including Minority Report and Claws.

Al-Bustami is set to play the squad’s young rookie, whose eager to get cases solved. Antoon plays the team’s cyber intelligence specialist whose the go-to guy for anything related to computers. NCIS teams are typically bigger than just three, so there should be plenty more casting announcements coming soon.

Meanwhile, the NCIS flagship show has been renewed for a 19th season. CBS announced NCIS: Hawai’i shortly after canceling NCIS: New Orleans, which will reach its conclusion later this month. But with Lachey at the helm and two strong supporting actors by her side, NCIS: Hawai’i could make big waves.