‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Eric Christian Olsen Comments on Potential for Role on ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Will NCIS: Los Angeles actor Eric Christian Olsen be taking his talents to the Hawai’i version of the show? Seriously, could the LA office do without Deeks and his comedic, surfer vibe?

Olsen spends time with his family in Hawaii when NCIS: Los Angeles isn’t shooting. So he’s expressed an interest in changing shows.

But fans of Deeks can rest easy. He’s sticking with the NCIS: Los Angeles office. It seems he was only joking when he said he wanted to switch locales. However, he’d like a scene, however brief, in the new Hawai’i version.

 “It would be great if I did a cameo on NCIS: Hawai’i,” he said, “But didn’t say anything… just walked through the back of the shot.”

But Christiansen got rumors started in late winter, when he talked up the Hawai’i franchise before it even was announced.

“Listen, Hawaii is Hawaii,” said the NCIS: Los Angeles star to Entertainment Tonight. “And if there’s anything that we want to watch on TV, it’s people in paradise running around catching bad guys.”

Deeks Is Multi-Layered Character on NCIS: Los Angeles

Christiansen has portrayed Deeks on NCIS: Los Angeles for all 12 years of the show. He’s an interesting character. On the show, he’s a former attorney, who worked as a public defender. He then joined LAPD, serving as an undercover agent. Deeks got a job as the LAPD liaison with the NCIS: Los Angeles office. He married Kensi, his partner. And the two also own a bar. The LAPD put Deeks on furlough earlier in season 12 and eliminated his job. However, Hetty got him into the academy to become an NCIS agent.

In Sunday’s season 12 finale, Deeks was very much a part of the plot. While Nell may be leaving the NCIS: Los Angeles office, Deeks helped solve a case involving a Russian criminal gang and militarized dolphins.

NCIS: Los Angeles was the first spinoff of the original NCIS, which has been on the air for 18 seasons. NCIS: New Orleans was the second spinoff of the show, but CBS canceled the series after seven seasons. Sunday night (May 23) was its series finale.

New Hawai’i Show Starts Filming Next Month

Meanwhile, NCIS: Hawai’i will start filming next month. The series will feature the first female agent in charge. Vanessa Lachey will star as Jane Tennant, who is in charge of the office at Pearl Harbor.

“I am the first female lead of an NCIS franchise and I don’t take that lightly,” she said. “And I’m excited to bring a different layer to this role and hopefully inspire this next generation of young girls and women. My character, Jane Tennant, a special agent in charge of NCIS, is a mother of a 15-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. That is real life, struggling (to juggle) life, love and work.

“Hawaii is the perfect setting for NCIS and the next chapter of the franchise. I, myself, have traveled there a little bit. I was born on an Air Force base in the Philippines and passed through Hawaii — I obviously know the first layer when people pass through. You see the beautiful waters and the beaches. But what I’m interested to show is the depth of the people of Hawaii. There’s so much beauty there, there’s so much culture there. And hopefully, I can portray the beauty there and the beautiful side of Hawaii.”

When the new fall season starts, NCIS: Los Angeles will be on the same night as NCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i. And Deeks still will be surfing and working in LA.