For its 11th festival, the Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (LASJFF) needed an honoree for its gala, which takes place Nov. 11 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. At the same time, the Portuguese-American actress Daniela Ruah needed a community. Or at least as much of a community as a busy young actress on a hit TV show can find time to fit in.
Which is probably why it was a kind of kismet that Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, director of the Sephardic Education Center (SEC), was half-watching “The Craig Ferguson Show” one evening in January, just as “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Ruah was being asked about her just-concluded 2011 holidays back in her homeland.
Ferguson asked Ruah about her experience at Christmas, and the actress replied that for her the celebration would be Chanukah.
“And he said, ‘I didn’t know you were Jewish. … How do you pronounce it
in Portuguese?’ And she said, ‘Chanu-KAH,’ ” Bouskila recalled. “The minute I heard that Sephardic pronunciation, I started Googling her. That night I sent an e-mail to [festival co-director] Neil [Sheff] saying, ‘I think I’ve found our honoree.’ ”
As it happened, a board member of the SEC was a close friend of the wardrobe manager for “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Through that connection, the SEC reached out to Ruah, who met with Bouskila and Sheff. The actress was flattered at the invitation, but puzzled, professing to consider herself unworthy yet of any career recognition.
“ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ is sort of like the first big thing I’ve ever done here,” Ruah said. “I was so taken aback by this wonderful offer, so to speak, that I was, like, ‘Are you sure?’ They were so sweet. They said, ‘This is more that we’re proud you’re of Sephardic Jewish descent. We’re proud of where you are and where you’re going.’ ”
Confirmed Bouskila, “If Jews are very tribal, Sephardic Jews are even more tribal in pride over our own. She deserves it. It’s a big deal.”
Photos were posted by Daniela on her twitter.
Daniela recently guested on the Jeff Probst show…heres the interview:
thans to Ladies of NCISLA for posting the clip
FInally it has aired….Here is a short promo for the 401 Endgame which will air Tue 25th of Sept
Daniela recently attended the CBS TCA’s with her cast mates Eric Christian Olsen,Chris O’donnell, Ll Cool J,Rene Felic Smith, and Barrett Foa. Daniela and Eric also tweeted about the TCA and took some funny pics and looked amazing as always They are in the gallery incase people didnt know.
Appearance/Events > 2012 > CBS/TCA UPFRONT – there are HQ ones and MQ ones mixed in.
Finally there is a uploaded version of Daniela voicing the lead character in the Disney Movie BRAVE for the Portuguese fans, the trailer has her dubbing the voice of Princess Merida for the Portuguese version of the movie and she sounds amazing
thanks to danielaruah webs for uploading it and doing such a fabulous job <3
Mother’s Day will come early this season on NCIS: Los Angeles, when the women who brought unto the world cast members Chris O’Donnell and Daniela Ruah guest-star on the CBS procedural.
No details have been released on whom exactly O’Donnell’s mom, Julie, and Ruah’s, Catarina (based out of Portugal), will play, though one can rule out Callen and Kensi’s own mothers, since they’ve already been accounted for on the show.
Instead, CBS is only saying the ladies will appear in a scene that was “hand-picked by executive producer Shane Brennan” — whom I will be speaking with this evening at CBS’ TCA summer press tour cocktail party, so if you’ve got burning questions, fire away in Comments.
Season 4 of NCIS: LA premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS EVERY BECAUSE ON SEPT 25 BOTH NCIS AND NCIS:LOS ANGELES RETURNS WITH ALL NEW SEASONS!!!! ALSO BE SURE TO FOLLOW INSTAGRAM OR THE CAST ON TWITTER TO SEE BEHIND THE SCENE PICS OF SEASON 3 SHOOTS
Tuesday, Sept. 25
9/8c: NCIS: Los Angeles