‘NCIS: LA’ star Renée Felice Smith spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HL and teased Hetty’s return and what it means for Nell. Plus, she revealed the inspiration for her new kids’s ebook.
Nell Jones has been having an existential disaster ever since Hetty left Los Angeles for a secret mission. Over the course of NCIS: Los Angeles season 12, Nell has been attempting to determine what her future seems to be like — and whether or not it’s with NCIS: LA or not. HollywoodLife received some EXCLUSIVE scoop from Renée Felice Smith about Hetty’s return, Nell’s “crossroads,” and her kids’s ebook.
“I’m simply going to go forward and say it: there’s a extremely lovely scene that I used to be capable of share with Linda [Hunt] in our finale,” Renée advised HollywoodLife. “It’s in all probability probably the most memorable scene from my complete profession at NCIS: LA for me personally. She’s such a present. She’s simply such a present as a human individual. She is a present as a scene companion and as an actor. She’s so current and alive and simply such a phenomenal performer. I’ve discovered a lot from her. I’m so emotional simply interested by my relationship with Linda, who I’ve grown to utterly lovely. She means lots to me.”
Linda has been absent for many of season 12, however she will likely be again for the finale. Even earlier than Hetty left, Nell was unsure about her future at NCIS: LA. Whereas Hetty has been gone, Nell has been the operation’s supervisor at OSP. Renée revealed that Nell goes to should decide about her future quickly.
“She is at a crossroads. She will not comply with the map that Hetty laid out for her,” Renée mentioned. “She’s out of breadcrumbs, so now she actually does should forge forward on her personal. She has to actually ask herself some robust questions. What does her future seem like with NCIS? That’s an excellent query.”
Renée famous that Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride, performed by Gerald McRaney, has been “forcing Nell to actually take a great onerous look within the mirror and ask herself what she desires. Numerous younger ladies, I really feel this manner in my life, we’re individuals pleasers. We’re like, what do you suppose I ought to do? What would you need me to do? I feel she’s carried out that for a really very long time with Hetty as her position mannequin. She doesn’t wish to disappoint her position mannequin. None of us do. I feel it’s time for Nell to probably redefine what it means to be a frontrunner at NCIS: LA and do it her personal method or it’s time to significantly think about her future with NCIS: LA.” The actress additionally teased a “fairly huge reveal” within the remaining season 12 episodes. “Eric comes again and surprises Nell with a extremely cool alternative. And that’s all I’ll say,” she mentioned.
Along with NCIS: LA, Renée co-wrote the kids’s ebook Hugo and the Unattainable Factor along with her companion, Chris Gabriel. The actress revealed the inspiration behind her kids’s ebook, which was printed on March 30, 2021.
“Hugo and the Unattainable Factor was impressed by our canine son, Hugo, who overcame his personal unattainable factor,” Renée advised HollywoodLife. “Solely as an alternative of, as pictured within the ebook, thorny mazes, and raging rivers, our real-life Hugo had an sickness that most individuals advised us could be unattainable to beat. However with dedication and actually the assist of our group, we have been capable of handle to go up and over the opposite facet of his unattainable factor. We have been simply relieved and wrote this ebook in celebration of the miracle that we witnessed. We wrote this ebook in celebration as soon as Hugo had healed. We thought it was simply fertile floor for lifelong classes and simply the ability of advocating for your beloved. But in addition the ability of perception, the ability of curiosity, the ability of bravery, the ability of discovering your voice, and saying that you just’re going to strive. We actually needed to form of bottle all of this up. Clearly, it’s a metaphor. You’re not going to examine a sickly canine, proper? You’re not going to put in writing a literal ebook a couple of sickly canine for youngsters. However on this metaphor, we discover that, actually, it’s common. Everybody can hook up with having some form of unattainable factor of their life that they should overcome and discovering their solution to the opposite facet. It simply appears to be a really common story that everybody can join with.”
Renée and Chris met within the sixth grade. “We’re greatest associates turned boyfriend and girlfriend turned one another’s different half,” she mentioned. They’re additionally “artistic companions.” She continued: “It’s like our life’s work is now represented within the pages of this ebook. We have been at all times artistic writers as children. We’d write our personal performs, and Chris was a songwriter from a really younger age in a band. We’ve at all times been storytellers and writers on this method. I simply form of selected the trail of appearing, and Chris selected music. However storytelling has at all times form of been this theme in our lives. So after Hugo had healed, an expensive good friend of ours requested us if we have been writing a kids’s ebook about what Hugo had been by means of. Our good friend is so intuitive, and we checked out one another and we mentioned, ‘Yeah, we actually ought to.’ So we did. We sat down, we wrote it over, I don’t know, possibly three days complete. Once more, the method of discovering a solution to get this factor made was form of our personal unattainable factor. We didn’t know, the very first thing about publishing, however we discovered alongside the way in which.”