‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Alum Renee Felice Smith Drops Gold Nugget of Advice We All Need to Hear in New Post

by Anna Dunn
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Former NCIS: Los Angeles actress Renee Felice Smith just dropped some great advice that everyone could benefit from hearing in a new Instagram post. The actress played Nell on the series until last season when she left to further other creative pursuits.

The advice?

“Just keep swimming,” the NCIS: Los Angeles actress wrote. The picture is of a fortune from a fortune cookie that says “Benefit by doing things that others give up on.”

Both pieces of advice seem pretty sound.

Smith certainly doesn’t seem to give up. On top of being an actress, she is also a writer, producer, and director. She acted in and directed a film called The Relationtrip. She has also released a children’s book called Hugo and the Impossible Thing.

Hugo and The Impossible Thing is a particularly powerful project. It follows a dog going on a journey while facing impossible odds. It’s based on her own dog’s struggle with cancer.

For Smith, it was important to leave NCIS: Los Angeles behind. This is so she could pursue more projects like The Relationtrip and Hugo and The Impossible Thing. And even though the lack of stability that comes with a job like that must be hard, it’s clear that she’s just kept on swimming.

Leaving ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Wasn’t Easy

Renee Felice Smith and her co-star Barrett Foa, who played Eric, left the show behind in a touching season 12 finale. While the season 12 finale was originally intended to be far grimmer, production decided to keep things light and give fans a break after a really rough year in the real world.

While leaving is never easy, even Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill recognized it was time for the two stars to take after their characters and spread their wings.

“Both Renée and Barrett have been on the show a long time,” he told TV Insider. “And they’re both very ambitious individuals who have projects that they want to do on their own. And we’ve been giving them time off to do so. It seemed like a natural time to let them go off and do some other things and give them what is a happy, hopefully, ending.”

While it’s hard to see Nell and Eric go, NCIS: Los Angeles is still gearing up for an action-packed 13th season. The season is now in production, and major actors like LL Cool J, Chris O’ Donnell, Daniela Ruah, and Eric Christian Olsen are all returning.

Linda Hunt, who plays Hetty, is coming back and Admiral Kilbride actor Gerald McRaney has been promoted to a full-time cast member. If you want to catch the season premiere, you can tune into CBS on Sunday, October 10th.