‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Daniela Ruah Explained Difficulty of Filming in 2020, 2021 Amidst Major Career Milestone

by Megan Molseed

Daniela Ruah has long been a centerpiece on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Ruah’s “NCIS” character, Special Agent Kensi Blye has been with the series since the series premiered in 2009.

The longtime actress has certainly seen a lot over her acting career. From a teenage soap opera star to studying acting in London, Daniela Ruah isn’t a stranger to challenges her chosen profession may throw in her direction.

However, the Portuguese actress has never seen anything like the challenges she and her “NCIS: Los Angeles” coworkers have faced over the last year.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” Finds Recent Filming To Be Challenging

As the COVID19 pandemic swept across the globe in early 2020, many of us saw life halt, seemingly in place. This included the filming of some of our favorite shows such as the hit CBS drama “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

However, as the pandemic continued, safety protocols were put into place, and life as we knew it – pre-pandemic was able to resume. To some extent. Businesses slowly reopened. Children returned to school, and some of our favorite shows, such as “NCIS: Los Angeles” began filming again. Promising some amazing season openers.

This was certainly a positive of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” set. However, even though filming was restarted, the effects of the worldwide pandemic remained.

“We are limited in what we can do,” Ruah told the Herald News in an interview earlier this year. The adjustment, Ruah noted was especially apparent as the actress stepped away from the front of the camera to fill a role of the other end; directing a few episodes of the CBS hit series.

‘It’s up to the director to use the camera in a creative way to recreate a rich aesthetic when we have much less to work with,” the star said of adjusting her new role as director. Adding that it was a challenge to work with the limitations presented by the global pandemic.

“I had to go back a little bit to see the style we had before,” the star added.

Keeping the “NCIS” Aesthetics Real During A Global Crisis

The actress and director found challenges in keeping the pre-pandemic aesthetics alive on the new episodes of the hit series. Ruah also had to adjust to guidelines that made filming very different from it was before the pandemic. The global crisis certainly changed the way things are done, noted the actress.

“We used to have hundreds of extras and a full scene, visually rich, that’s something we can’t do now,” the “NCIS: Los Angeles” actress explained. Ruah noted that it was very important for the “NCIS: Los Angeles” cast and crew to continue that the series without the fear of the pandemic creeping into the episodes.

“It’s an aesthetic that we have to pretend it exists without showing it,” she explained.

Ruah was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1983. While the actress is a Boston native, she moved to Portugal at the age of five.

The “NCIS: Los Angeles” star found her first acting role in high school. She portrayed the role of Sara on the popular Portuguese soap Opera Jardins Proíbidos.

Later, the access moved to London where she studies Performing Arts at the London Metropolitan University.

In 2009, Daniela Ruah was cast as “NCIS” special Agent Kensi Blye opposite stars like L.L. Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.