Daniela Ruah holds her own against the boys on NCIS: Los Angeles
Best known for her role as Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah still holds forth on NCIS: Los Angeles as the only female agent. Romantically linked to fellow agent Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), her character is skilled at going undercover, as she’s not afraid of even using her sexuality to get results. Now in its seventh season, Ruah tells us more about working with Olsen, Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J.
What is it like being the only girl in action?
Not only am I the only girl in the action but I’m also fighting alongside three very tough men, LL Cool J in particular! So it’s challenging. I want to stay as true as possible to a woman fighting much bigger men so I work as hard as I can. I do a lot of training with our stunt coordinators, and I work on the choreographies to be believable.
More on the on-screen relationship with Olsen, who is actually your husband’s brother.
We’ve been playing this relationship for so many years now that it becomes fun to be able to improvise and we know what each other’s buttons are. Eric (Olsen) is very good at improvising. Me, not so much. But he knows what irritates me, what makes me angry and what makes me laugh.
After so many years, how do you keep the energy going?
Apart from being lucky to do what we love, we also work among people who get along well. It is not a struggle to go to work. It’s like going to meet a group of friends.
Does the show being based in LA limit the scope?
I don’t think so. I think LA is one of the staple characters of the show. It is the backdrop. It’s sunny, beachy and sexy. If you take that away then you change the aesthetic of the show and you change what people have kind of fallen in love with.
What was it like having Michael Weatherly over from NCIS?
That was one of the most amusing episodes because at that point you just become a spectator. You just take the leashes off these two (Weatherly and Olsen) and let them go at it. It’s so funny because they’re both brilliant at improvising. The great thing about these two is that rather than try and be the alpha funny guy, they never try to steamroll over the other one.
Are you going to up the sex factor?
I’m not sure if you can consider this sexy. But Kensi and Deeks go undercover as people who want to enter a cult. And at some point, Kensi gets drugged and wakes up in a bed surrounded by men and women — in lingerie and unable to move. So it’s more dark than sexy.
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