‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Vanessa Lachey Says Oahu Filipino Community Embraced Her As Family

by Joe Rutland

Trying to fit into a community is something “NCIS: Hawai’i” star Vanessa Lachey knows about all too well. Good thing she found one.

Lachey, who plays Special Agent In Charge Jane Tennant in the upcoming “NCIS” spin-off on CBS, moved to Oahu so she could live there while shooting episodes. In an interview with United Press International, she talked about connecting with the Filipino community there.

Helen Ramos Bercero, who is Lachey’s mother, is from Manila, Philippines. Lachey was born in Angeles City, Philippines, on Nov. 9, 1980.

“There are so many Filipinos here,” she said. “I love when they’re like, ‘Vanessa! Oh, my God, you’re like family.'”

Who doesn’t like being around familiar faces? Lachey, obviously, welcomes those connections right on the island of Oahu.

It definitely was an adjustment to make for her, husband Nick Lachey, and their three children: Camden, 8, Phoenix, 4, and Brooklyn, 6. Vanessa Lachey talked about Nick’s reaction in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

“It was a talk that I had with my husband and I said, ‘What do you think?’ and…he’s like, ‘Hawai’i, umm, it could be worse.’ And he was like, ‘This is awesome!'” She went on to add, “And I’ll never forget him saying, ‘This is your time and you’ve been there in the past for me.'”

‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Star Will Join Other Stars On Stage As Emmy Awards Presenter

Now, you Outsiders might ask why is she living in Hawai’i? In case you have been living under a rock, Lachey will be a part of “NCIS: Hawai’i” that starts this fall. The season premiere debuts on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. It’ll have a strong lead-in with franchise show “NCIS” moving to Mondays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central.

Lachey will be teaming up with “NCIS” star Wilmer Valderrama and “The Late Show” star Stephen Colbert as presenters at the Emmy Awards. They showed up on Sunday night in Los Angeles, ready to pass out awards on television’s biggest night.

Others lined up to appear on stage as presenters are the cast of “Schitt’s Creek” which includes Dan and Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy. Also appearing are Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Adrien Brody, and Jennifer Coolidge on stage. 

Variety also reported that additional appearances will come from Kaley Cuoco, Lane Factor, Beanie Feldstein, Allyson Felix, America Ferrera, Sterlin Harjo, Devery Jacobs, Ken Jeong, and Mindy Kaling.

It will be a star-studded event as the Emmy Awards honors actors and shows that have made a mark on television.

Vanessa Lachey will be making a definite mark on the CBS primetime lineup with her new role.