NCIS: Los Angeles’s Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) has faced some major villains over the course of the show. And one of the enemies she disliked most was the fallen former agent Paul Angelo (Daniel Henney).
In Season 5, the two characters butted heads, but Angelo survived the encounter and is still at large. Could he potentially come back to face off with Hetty again? Now Brinkwire has caught up with Henney to ask him about a potential return to the hit CBS series.
“I don’t know, if they had me back, I would,” Henney reportedly said on the red carpet before the premiere of The Wheel of Time.
NCIS: Los Angeles Is Going on an Extended Hiatus
Fans of the show who are hoping to see more of Hetty, possibly in a showdown with Angelo, have a long, suspenseful wait ahead of them. After the fall finale, “Sundown,” aired on Sunday, the show began a hiatus that will last until Sunday, Jan. 2.
CBS has thus far only aired six episodes from Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles, per Monsters & Critics. And since Season 14 is not yet a sure thing, there will be a lot of pressure in 2022 to make the new episodes blockbusters that will draw big audiences.
For now, all we know is that Hetty has returned to where she went last season – likely somewhere in the Middle East – and that Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) accused her of “[making] a bloody mess of things over there the last time.” As TV Insider points out, Kilbride is prepared to sacrifice Hetty in the service of diplomacy, and eventually, the rest of the team will likely be drawn into her secret mission.
Linda Hunt Has Found a Home on Hit CBS Show
Hunt is an accomplished former stage actress who won an Oscar for her performance in The Year of Living Dangerously, so her career was already soaring before she joined NCIS: Los Angeles. But on the show, her Hetty has become a fan-favorite character, and Hunt says she gets a kick out of her costars. She has seldom felt so much at home, Hunt told CBS News in 2013.
“They tease me about the Oscar, about having won the Oscar. But sweetly!” Hunt said of her costars. And how do they tease her? “Well, you know that I’m the only one who has it. And would I bring it to work?” she explained.
Still, Hunt said then that she was looking forward to “a time when I don’t have to work anymore,” which she thought was “close at hand.” But she must enjoy working on NCIS: Los Angeles, because eight years later, she’s still at it.
Fans can only hope Hetty will return from her secret mission in one piece, and sometime soon – perhaps even to face off with an enemy like Angelo. In the meantime, fans will just have to make do with brief glimpses of Hetty.