As September 22 draws nearer and nearer, I'm sure a lot of people are anxious to see how NCIS: Los Angeles will look up. I say a lot, because judging from the ratings alone, there are a lot of NCIS fans who are looking forward to the spin-off of their favorite show and are no doubt hoping that it will be good. But how can you go wrong? After all, NCIS: Los Angeles also came from creator Shane Brennan, who revealed a lot of juicy bits of info about the cast.
For starters, Brennan said that the whole show was based on one character: Special Agent G. Callen, played by Chris O'Donnell. But as we can probably surmise from the original NCIS, it's unlikely for a show like this to revolve purely around just one character. NCIS has never been just about Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon.
"When I met Chris, I instantly knew he was Callen," Brennan tells ET. "I saw a photo of him with his head shaved and a little bit of growth. I said, 'That is the guy.'"
Brennan adds that Callen has a "very troubled past," including being sent to dozens of different foster homes while he was growing up. The situation actually had a few benefits, namely the ability to fit in quickly to new environments. After working for the FBI, the CIA, and the DEA, he finally found a home at NCIS.
Other than Callen, also part of the team are Sam Hanna, played by LL Cool J; Kensi Blye, played by Daniele Ruah; and Dominic, played by Adam Jamal Craig.
Says Brennan of the rapper, "He is learning Arabic, I suspect, because he saw Chris speaking Russian in the first episode and it probably scared him."
Now regarding the lone woman agent, Ruah reveals that fans should expect her character Kensi to keep up with the guys. "I'm going, 'I want to do that. I want to run five blocks like LL is doing. I want to kick the crap out of that punching bag in the third episode.' I want to do all the stuff like they do."