‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Talks Balancing Her Career and Family

by Joe Rutland

These days, “NCIS: Hawai’i” star Vanessa Lachey is busy working on maintaining a balance between her career and family time.

Outsiders who have a family will understand what the “NCIS” spin-off star is talking about. Lachey, who will play Special Agent In Charge Jane Tennant, elaborated in an interview with United Press International.

“[My character] can balance my love and my country,” Lachey said on a Television Critics Association Zoom panel. “I can be a mom and try to get my daughter off to school, and deal with my ex-husband, as well as take down a multimillion-dollar crime operation.”

Lachey, who in real life is married to actor Nick Lachey, offered some inside details about her “NCIS: Hawai’i” and parenting schedule.

“I went to work at 6:30 in the morning and I came home and it was around 9:45 [p.m.],” Lachey said. “My oldest son was up and I walked right in and I put him back down to bed because he had gotten up from a bad dream. Then I had to do the dishes and then I studied my lines for today’s work.”

That’s a pretty solid day’s work for the “NCIS: Hawai’i” star.

Well, her spin-off will debut on CBS on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. It has a pretty solid lead-in for the first season. Parent show “NCIS” with Mark Harmon and David McCallum moves to Mondays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. Another of the franchise’s shows, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. The “LA” show stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J.

Outsiders looking at this schedule probably figure those opportunities to have crossover episodes are right there. We don’t have any solid information about them, but that chance could be taken.

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Executive Producer Offers Insight About Tennant and Her Team

There is a lot of focus on “NCIS: Hawai’i” around taking care of everyone. It is especially true when bringing up Tennant and her team.

Show executive producer Christopher Silber, in an interview with TV Insider, said, “[Tennant and her team] are like a family.”

Both the spin-off and the parent show really emphasize these points.

Silber added, “Sometimes there’s going to be arguing and bickering. [But] Jane sets a high bar and everyone falls in line.”

Imagine that. An “NCIS” show with arguing and bickering between team members. Sounds like a storyline right out of central casting.

But don’t expect the spin-off to be exactly like the original show.

Lachey leads an “NCIS: Hawai’i” cast that also includes Yasmine Al-Bustami, Jason Antoon, and Tori Anderson.

By the way, she also appeared in three episodes of Mayim Bialik’s comedy “Call Me Kat” as Tara Barnett.