NCIS: Los Angeles’ Alum Renee Felice Smith Shows Off Her ‘Unintentional Duck Face’ in Latest Snap

by Anna Dunn

NCIS: Los Angeles alumni Renee Felice Smith just shared a fun photo showing off an “Unintentional Duck face” on Instagram. The actress played Nell on the series up until last year when she and Eric actor Barret Foa elected to leave the series to pursue other projects.

One of those new projects is a film called The Relationtrip. The photo takes a behind-the-scenes look at Smith in that film.

“FUN BTS FACT! During filming of the shower scene in @therelationtrip I had the brilliant idea of lathering up my face w the bar soap that was sat in the shower of our picture house. Ten minutes later my lips started to tingle and POOF! A severe allergic reaction turned me into one of those ladies I see at stoplights in Beverly Hills,” the actress wrote. The photo shows off a nasty allergic reaction.

“Don’t try this at home, guys,” the former NCIS: Los Angeles actress joked. “It hurt real bad and I needed serious meds to return to normal non duck face. Watch @therelationtrip on @hulu!”

The Relationtrip is a 2017 film that Smith starred in and directed. Now, she’s working on more indie projects as not only an actor, but a writer and director.

Smith Left ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ For Creative Freedom

While NCIS: Los Angeles is doing incredibly well, the actress found herself wanting something different. On top of film projects, Smith has also written her own children’s book called Hugo and The Impossible Thing about a dog who has to overcome impossible odds. It’s inspired by her own dog’s cancer battle.

And while it was sad to see them go, Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill understood why it had to happen.

“Both Renée and Barrett have been on the show a long time,” Gemmill told TV Insider. “And they’re both very ambitious individuals who have projects that they want to do on their own. And we’ve been giving them time off to do so. It seemed like a natural time to let them go off and do some other things and give them what is a happy, hopefully, ending.”

The season 12 finale that said goodbye to Nell and Eric was originally intended to be much darker. It’s hard to say what would have happened, but it may not have ended with the pair running off to Tokyo to pursue their dreams.

But production changed things up after COVID-19 hit. Gemmill and others on the production team felt that fans deserved a break after having a horrible year and decided to make the end of season 12 lighthearted. But there’s still plenty of plot points to address in the upcoming 13th season.

If you want to watch NCIS: Los Angeles season 13, it premieres on Sunday, October 10th on CBS.