After completing the film, “Os Vivos, o Morto e o Peixe Frito” (translates to “The Living, the Dead and the Fried Fish”), director Daniela Ruah sends a thoughtful message to her cast and crew via social media. In a quick clip in an Instagram post, Ruah shuts a film clapboard with “FINITO” scrolled across the center. In the caption, she thanks Portuguese production company, Ukbar Filmes, her team and the city of Torres Vedras.
Ruah only recently added directing to her skillset. Her film took place in her home country of Portugal, bringing her back to her roots for her big assignment.
Daniela Ruah’s Apsirations
Daniela Ruah’s claim to fame comes from her role as Kensi Blye on “NCIS: LA,” as a Special Agent. She is a part of an elite team of agents that solves Naval-related crimes. Outside of her character’s profession, Kensi is also married to co-star Eric Olsen’s character, Marty Deeks. The show has run for 12 successful seasons since 2009. Last season, the show invited Ruah to direct an episode. In response, she posted an Instagram photo of herself behind the camera, sharing her enthusiasm.
“In 2014, when this picture was taken, little did I know that my passion for acting would leak into the world of directing too,” Ruah wrote in the caption. “But something has changed in me over the last few years, and I’m happy to share with all of you that I’ll be directing episode 11 this season!”
Daniela Ruah went on to direct “NCIS: LA” episode, “Russia, Russia, Russia” in early 2020. She then began filming for “Os Vivos, o Morto e o Peixe Frito” on May 31 of this year.
Filming in Portugal
Although this was only her second time directing, Daniela Ruah could take comfort in the fact that she was back home. According to NCIS: LA Magazine, not only did the actress and director attend school in Portugal, but she also received her first big break in a Portuguese soap opera. She had come back to break ground in a new role in the industry.
However, Ruah shared with her Instagram followers that filming in Portugal wasn’t always easy. In another post where she embraces her daughter, Ruah shared that it had been three weeks since she last saw her family.
Ruah also created a story reel of photos and clips of her time on set, particularly during her first day. Towards the end of the first clip in the reel, she playfully introduces viewers to “My sweet, sweet comedy here in Portugal.” The rest of the content features black-and-white images of crew members hard at work both in front of and behind the cameras, demonstrating the enthusiasm and sincerity the director has for her newly finished film.