Does what happens in Afghanistan stay in Afghanistan? For NCIS: LA’s Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), the answer is probably not.
On Tuesday’s episode (9/8c, CBS), Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are sent to Afghanistan to rescue Kensi, who’s being held captive by the Taliban after a botched anti-terrorism mission in which she discovered that the alleged traitor she was sent to assassinate is none other than her former fiancé, Jack (Matthew Del Negro).
“I think this is probably my favorite episode that we’ve shot,” Ruah tells TVGuide.com. “It’s sort of like a movie. The action’s incredible. I think everybody was on their game, when it came to performances. There’s some really intense scenes. … It’s the team fighting for one of their own, which always makes for a good episode. There’s a lot at stake.”
The question, of course, is less whether Kensi will make it safely out of Afghanistan and more about what kind of condition she’ll be in when she returns. “She obviously cannot go unaffected by everything that’s happened,” Ruah says. “She’s a really strong woman and she does the best she can to get back in the job. She’s desperate to get back to normality, if that’s even a word. … I think there may repercussions later on with that.”
Hetty (Linda Hunt), for one, is “not entirely confident about Kensi’s psychological and emotional abilities when she first comes back,” Ruah notes. “So we’ll see how that pans out.”
Aside from any professional or emotional consequences, will Kensi’s encounter with Jack be the latest in a long line of wrenches thrown into her budding romance with Deeks?
“I think that there’s some sort of personal failure in Kensi’s mind … and I think it really hurts for her to think that she may have been part of why [Jack] had to leave. It’s definitely a painful situation,” Ruah explains. “I always feel like when you break up with somebody, if you break up because you don’t love them anymore, it becomes so much easier. But when you still love them and you have to break up for any other reason, it becomes really, really hard, and that’s kind of what happened to her. He left, and she still loved him, and she had to let those emotions pass with time, and all of a sudden [this] just rekindles everything. And of course, what does that do with her relationship with Deeks? Where does that stand? Does this sort of make everything go to zero, or does it make it stronger? We’ll have to see.”
While fans are clamoring for “Densi” to take their work partnership to the next level, Ruah is less convinced the two are destined to be together. “I don’t think anybody understands them better than they understand each other — but that could also make for a wonderful friendship,” she hedges. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll become a couple. I think they have to set their priorities straight, before anything could ever happen. What’s more important: their job or their future life together? … I’m actually indecisive of where I would like them to go.”
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That’s not to say Ruah doesn’t appreciate the Densi ‘shippers, however. “It’s really flattering,” she says of fans’ emotional investment in the plot line. ” It keeps me in a job, for one. If people didn’t find us amusing or entertaining, we wouldn’t be happening. I feel appreciative, and I love playing along with it.”
Of course, the Afghanistan story line was a way for the show to deal with Ruah’s real-life pregnancy. (She gave birth to a baby boy in December.) Ruah is grateful that, as a result, she was able to keep working until she was seven-and-a-half months along.
“They could have just said, ‘Oh, Kensi’s in Afghanistan. We’ll see her in two and a half months when she’s back,” Ruah said. “[But showrunner Shane Brennan] decided to incorporate that as a huge part of this season’s arc, and we got a few bigger developments with Kensi and Deeks because of it, and I’m just really, really happy that I got to do all that stuff. They sent me to the Hindu Kush because it’s cold, and I could wear layers and layers of clothing, which means we could hide my belly. In Episode 18 … I think I was about six months pregnant there, and I had to dig a small hole in the sand so I could lie on my front. And then when they start shooting at me, I had to sort of roll over and I just felt like a turtle on my back. I couldn’t get up.”
With Season 5 of the drama winding down, future episodes will reveal to viewers (via flashbacks) more details about Kensi’s ordeal in Afghanistan — and in some ways, will bring the season full circle. Will her experience mirror that of Deeks in the first few episodes, after he and Sam were tortured?
“I find it interesting how they react in two very different ways,” Ruah notes. “Deeks began to sort of doubt what he’s doing with his life and wonder if he should come back, where I think Kensi has a very different reaction. I think what she finds stability in is her job, and I think that’s what she’s going to hold onto to make herself not go crazy, or feel overly traumatized about what happened.”
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that The Big Bang Theory will be around for three more seasons, CBS has announced a sweeping renewal for most of its lineup. And when I say sweeping, I really mean sweeping! In what is becoming an annual tradition, the network today ordered new seasons of 18 of its shows.
On the drama side, NCIS and its spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles will be back for Season 12 and Season 6, respectively. Person of Interest will be back for Season 3, CSI for Season 15, Hawaii Five-0 for Season 5, Blue Bloods for Season 5, Criminal Minds for Season 10, Elementary for Season 3, and The Good Wife for Season 6.
On the comedy side, the network wants more of 2 Broke Girls (returning for Season 4), Mike & Molly (returning for Season 5), freshman series Mom and The Millers, and for whatever reason, Two and a Half Men (returning for Season 12). Come on, isn’t it about time to set Jon Cryer free, CBS? Isn’t it about time we started respecting ourselves?
In non-scripted programing news, CBS has also asked for new cycles of the hit reality shows The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss.
Finally, newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours will return to make sure we’re all at least pretending to pay attention to non-entertainment news.
Between today’s mass renewal, yesterday’s Big Bang Theory news, and December’s Survivor re-up, it’s hard to believe that CBS still has any decisions to make, but indeed it does. Shows still awaiting their fates are The Crazy Ones, Intelligence, Hostages, and Friends With Better Lives, the last of which premieres later this month after the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.
It looks like TVGUIDE decided to finally place Daniela and Eric on the covers of their magazine after years of being LLCool J and Chris O’Donnell. Be sure to keep a look out in the newsstands/Grocery Stores for your copy.
There’s a new little guy on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles!
Daniela Ruah and fiancé David Olsen welcomed their first child, son River Isaac Ruah Olsen, on Monday, Dec. 30, the actress confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
“He’s healthy and strong, which is all we could ask for,” Ruah, 30, tells PEOPLE. “We are so happy, so thankful and feel so blessed to have brought him into the world.”
Ruah and Olsen met on NCIS: Los Angeles, where she plays Special Agent Kensi Blye. Her fiancé, a former Navy SEAL, acts as a stunt double for his younger brother Eric Christian Olsen on the CBS drama.
The couple had announced the pregnancy in September.
“I’m so thrilled about this new chapter as a parent with David,” she told PEOPLE at the time.
“It’s amazing how in love I am with this little person I’ve only seen on a black and white screen. I’m starting my own family and there is no other feeling like it.”
– Sarah Michaud with reporting by Patrick Gomez
Actress Daniela Ruah has had her baby on December 30th. The actress´s son was born healthy and the new mom is living one of the best moments of her life.
Official Statement from Daniela´s Agent:
“To the fans and followers from all corners of the world, the actress is very grateful for all the loving support she´s been receiving these last few months of her pregnancy. She would now like to cherish this special moment in private with her family”.
Though NCIS: Los Angeles cast member Daniela Ruah is due to give birth this winter, there will be no pause — pregnant or otherwise — in Kensi Blye’s storyline.
For the forseeable future, “You will see Kensi in every episode,” NCIS: LA showrunner Shane Brennan promises, thanks to the miracle of clever editing “and through the miracle of storytelling, too,” he notes.
“If you noticed, she went to a cold climate where she needs to rug up!” Brennan says of Kensi’s top-secret assignment in Afghanistan, which yanked her away from lover boy Deeks and where the only friendly familiar face is Granger’s. Tonight (CBS, 9/8c), we’ll check in on her as she manages to find holiday cheer, receiving “the perfect gift from one of her co-workers.”
As retrofitted into what was otherwise a meticulously planned Season 5, Brennan says, Kensi’s Afghanistan op “has turned into a great arc for the second half of the season — the whole mystery of what she’s doing there, who the ‘White Ghost’ is…. And it’s been fabulous to team her up with Granger” (who will grow so scruffy that Eric in a coming episode will liken him to a “pirate”).
But most importantly, though it devastated those who were thrilled to see Kensi and Deeks finally take a step forward in their nascent romance, Kensi’s abrupt reassignment, at Hetty’s doing, played out organically. Says Brennan, “We didn’t want to just send her off so she disappeared for a number of episodes, so we thought very carefully about how we could do it.” The solution, “from a production point of view, was very challenging,” Brennan says, basically requiring the writers to write eight or so episodes ahead.
Through it all, Brennan effuses, expectant Ruah has been nothing short of “remarkable,” resolved to keep Kensi in the picture as long as she can before her delivery date arrives. Says Brennan: “Now we’re just waiting for the blessed event!”
Tonight is the night we get to see what happens to the team and where things will lead now that the team is in trouble. DOnt miss the great season and also the season we might get a glimpse of Daniela’s pregnant growing belly.
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In an exclusive interview with SIC´s Alta Definição, Daniela Ruah publicly announced she is engaged (the proposal was on New Year´s Eve on top of a mountain!) and expecting her first child (a baby boy!). The actress, who is engaged to stunt-double David Paul Olsen, is currently experiencing one of the best moments in her life, both professional and personal wise. VIA danielaruafans.com
Thanks to the lovely danielaruahfans for finding out that it has be officially confirmed in Portugal that Daniela is officially Engaged to David Paul Olsen who is the Stunt Double for Eric Christan Olsen aka his real life brother. There have been rumors going around but looks like Daniela is officially confirming her engagement to the Portugal magazine CARAS which will be out on news stands in Portugal soon.
Congrats to Daniela, the rest of the cast & the crew of NCIS: Los Angeles for their 100th Episode!