‘NCIS: Hawai’i’: Where You’ve Seen Jane Tennant Actress Vanessa Lachey Before Landing Lead Role on Crime Franchise

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Lifetime)

If Outsiders watching “NCIS: Hawai’i” when it premieres this fall think they’ve seen Vanessa Lachey before, then they’re not wrong.

Lachey, who will star as Special Agent Jane Tennant in the latest “NCIS” spinoff, has appeared as a host, actor, or guest on numerous shows.

The “NCIS: Hawai’i” lead actor was a host on shows like “Love Is Blind,” “The Talk,” “Top Chef Jr.,” and “Wipeout.” As an actor, Lachey has been on “Truth Be Told,” “Dads,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “30 Rock,” “CSI: NY,” and “How I Met Your Mother,” among others.

Vanessa Lachey has been a guest on shows like “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda,” “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Hip Hop Squares,” “Dinner at Tiffani’s,” and “Home & Family.”

Some of you might be wondering when this new “NCIS” franchise member will premiere on CBS. Well, set aside time on Monday, Sept. 20. “NCIS: Hawai’i” debuts at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. It will have a nice lead-in show as “NCIS” slides into its new timeslot on Monday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. “NCIS: Hawai’i” follows the 19th season opener for “NCIS” starring Mark Harmon.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Director Shared Clip From ‘Night Filming’ With Lachey

Earlier this month, “NCIS: Hawai’i” director Larry Teng posted on his Instagram account some behind-the-scenes footage of the show. 

“Thursday night filming! NCIS HAWAI’I,” Teng wrote in the caption. The clip showed the highly anticipated series’ lead Vanessa Lachey as part of the night shooting. 

Besides Teng’s video, Vanessa Lachey shows off some snapshots of the “NCIS: Hawai’i” night filming.

“Safety First, Always!” Lachey wrote on the post that featured her with the show’s stunt team. “We get to play the bad a—es, but these are the real bad a—es.”

Lachey thanked the stunt team for making her and the cast look good. She also thanked the “water Boyz” for keeping the cast safe. “We appreciate YOU! #NCISHawaii.”

“NCIS: Hawai’i” is being filmed right now and two more cast members are now part of the series. They are Alex Tarrant and Enver Gjokaj. Tarrant will be a main character and Gjokaj is set to recur.

Tarrant plays Kai, who returned to Hawai’i to become an NCIS agent after being away from home. As a local, Kai can “blend into any part of the islands.” Tarrant’s previous acting credits include “When We Go to War,” “The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith,” and “800 Words.”

Gjokaj plays Navy Captain Joe Milius. He arrives in Hawai’i after an aircraft crash. But he’s not going to get along with the team. Milius might find himself clashing with Tennant. Gjokaj has appeared in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Agent Carter,” and “Dollhouse.”