‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Cast Visited Pearl Harbor Memorial on the Fourth of July: ‘True Honor and Love of Our Country’

by Suzanne Halliburton

We Outsiders can’t wait. NCIS: Hawai’i, the newest spinoff, is within hours of its official premiere.

And Vanessa Lachey, who stars as Jane Tennant, summed up how proud she is to shine a spotlight on the U.S. Navy, especially its sailors who are stationed near Honolulu.

In fact, Lachey said the first thing the cast did when they arrived to film NCIS: Hawai’i this summer was pay their respects to a revered spot on a venerated day in our history.

“We all got to sit there on the Fourth of July and really take in what it means to be here, to be representing this, to be representing the Navy,” Lachey said of her NCIS: Hawai’i cast and crew. “We all are feeling the true honor and love of our country in our roles.”

Lachey knows what it feels like to be part of a family in the military. She was born on Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Her dad was in the Air Force. Her mother is from Manila. She lived all over the United States and in Turkey before settling in South Carolina with her father after her parents divorced. Representing South Carolina, she won Miss Teen USA. Her beauty pageant life eventually evolved into jobs in entertainment. Now, at 40, she’s starting the most significant role of her career.

Lachey Started Crying When She Got Call She Landed NCIS: Hawai’i Role

Lachey broke down in tears when she received the call telling her she got the job. “I will never forget it,” Lachey posted on Instagram last week. “Dreams do come true. One week from today, our show premieres and I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity. My life is changed forever.”

As she films NCIS: Hawai’i, she’s also raising her three children on the island. Her husband is pop singer Nick Lachey. She’s kind of like her character, Jane Tennant, in that she’s working full time and raising children. On the show, Tennant has two children, both teenagers. But she’s also divorced. In real life, she and Lachey have moved to Hawaii enrolled their kids in a local school. They started Aug. 10.

All the shows in the NCIS franchises all feature strong female characters. But NCIS: Hawai’i, which replaced the New Orleans franchise, is the first with a female lead special agent. CBS believes in the show so much, it moved NCIS, the mothership, to Monday nights to serve as a lead-in for the spinoff. NCIS dominated its Tuesday night time slot for 18 years. The network is banking on the NCIS audience gladly switching to Mondays and sticking around to watch NCIS: Hawai’i.

Lachey is on the mainland this weekend. She is a presenter at Sunday night’s Emmy ceremony in Los Angeles. Wilmer Valderrama, who plays Nick Torres on NCIS, also will present at the Emmys.

But stay tuned for Monday night, when the shows premiere.