In an interview with Entertainment Tonight – Canada, NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen revealed that he considers the humility of the case to be “one of the greatest” strengths of the show.
“You know, it’s very seldom that a script becomes a pilot, and it’s rare for a pilot to get picked up by a network and make it past the first season, and it’s impossible to get past the second season,” Olsen said. “So, to be on Season 12 is amazing.”
NCIS: Los Angeles is a drama about the high-stakes world of an NCIS division that is tasked with capturing criminals who pose a national security risk. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is the chief law enforcement division of the Navy, and it oftentimes overlaps its operations with the Marines.
The Los Angeles Office is led by Special Agent “G” Callen, played by actor Chris O’Donnell. Olsen plays a liaison officer named Marty Deeks on the show. Deeks was assigned to the office from another outpost. However, his position was terminated at the end of Season 12. Olsen appeared in 258 total episodes.
“We really do know how lucky we are,” Olsen said. “We’ve all had highs and lows in our careers. And, we know this is lightning in a bottle. There’s a chemistry there. And, there’s something there; there is no science to it. Every once in a while, you get locked-in like this and you produce a show like what we did and it feels great.”
NCIS: Los Angeles Crew Has Great Chemistry, Too
Daniela Ruah, who plays Kensi Blye on the show, says that chemistry extends to the entire cast and crew.
“It’s an environment where you can joke and where you can improvise,” she said during the interview. “And I think that’s where the chemistry we have translates onto the screen. When we’re supposed to laugh, we’re really laughing.”
Ruah added that the chemistry is what helped carry the show through the pandemic. The show had to change filming strategies, she said. There were no more days of filming large groups of people. Instead, the characters interact with more phone and video calls.
“I think the way we did it made for a smooth transition,” Ruah said. “It still feels organic. We just had to make those safety adjustments in order to keep the show going.”
What We Know About Season 12
NCIS: Los Angeles will keep its regularly scheduled timeslot once the first episode of Season 13 is released. The episode could air in September 2021, though no one is sure if it will.
NCIS airs on Sundays at 9 pm ET on CBS.