‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Daniela Ruah Poses in Her Director Chair: ‘Back at It’

by Joe Rutland
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This season, NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah is getting a chance to direct an episode also written by a co-star. She’s ready to go.

Ruah, who plays Kelsi Blye on the CBS drama, shared this photo of her working on the show’s set on Instagram.

Back in September, Eric Christian Olsen, who plays Marty Deeks and Ruah’s on-screen partner, announced that he was writing an episode.

It also was revealed that Ruah would be directing the episode.

When it airs, the NCIS: Los Angeles episode will be this season’s 19th on CBS.

This marks the first time that Ruah is directing an episode on the show. Olsen has written another episode, a Season 11 one titled Mother.

While they are on-air partners on NCIS: Los Angeles, there is a real-life connection. David Olsen, Eric’s brother, and stunt double is married to Ruah.

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Ruah obviously loves playing Kelsi on the CBS show.

But she also knows that it takes a connection with the show’s writers to bring more depth out in the show.

She talked about this in 2015 during an interview with Pep Television.

“That’s something that you kind of do in partnership with the writers: it’s their job to give the character obstacles and goals, and it’s my job to make them real,” Ruah said. “I try to make her [Kensi] as human as possible. I want her to react to things as much as I would, or human beings would.”

The NCIS: Los Angeles actress also had a thought about what makes filming fun.

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“I think the funnest days are when everybody is there, when the whole cast is there, when we’re shooting the scenes, like in the bullpen,” Ruah said. “The way we bond is when they’re moving the cameras around, or when we have a few minutes break when they’re doing something technical.”

Ruah has two kids, a son named River and a daughter named Sierra.

Back in 2017, she was asked how she lost her baby weight. Ruah also was asked if she danced it off.

In an interview with Parade Magazine, she said, “Funnily enough, no, I can’t say it is. Do I dance at home? Sure. Sometimes my son and I will prance around the house and dance. He responds to music so wonderfully, but I wouldn’t say it is something that brought me back into shape.”

She said that she didn’t do any dance classes.

“It was mostly gym work with a personal trainer, jogging, working out with the kids, and eating healthily.”