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Daniela Ruah sparks reaction with selfies alongside NCIS favorites as comeback finally debuts

The NCIS: Los Angeles alum directed two episodes for the CBS franchise

NCIS: LA star Daniela Ruah© Jon Kopaloff
Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
March 5, 2024
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Daniela Ruah's long-awaited comeback to the NCIS universe has officially come to fruition, and fans are elated.

Months after the NCIS: Los Angeles series finale in May, the actress returned to set not as Kensi Blye but as a director, for two episodes of the franchise, one for NCIS, and another for NCIS: Hawai'i.

Following the debut of her episode for the franchise's original show's 21st season on March 4, she shared yet another round of behind-the-scenes photos with fans, and was met with praise over her latest directorial contributions.

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Daniela first took to Instagram with a teaser for her NCIS episode and wrote: "I'm so excited for you guys to see tonight's [episode] of NCIS, directed by meeeee! This cast and crew are nothing short of wonderful. Gotta love the @ncisverse."

She promptly received support from fans in the comments section under the post as well as from former co-star and off-screen brother-in-law Eric Christian Olsen, who wrote: "Yes fam!!!!"

After the episode aired, she shared more behind-the-scenes photos, featuring NCIS favorites such as Wilmer Valderrama and Gary Cole, and glimpses of their shenanigans in between takes.

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Fans continued to throw their support behind her, with one commenting: "Good episode, excellent work," as others followed suit with: "You did a great job, Daniela!!! Loved the episode!!!" and: "YES! But damn do I miss you in front of the camera…" as well as: "Absolutely fabulous!!!! Lots of twists and turns!!!!! Couldn’t leave my seat, great Directing Daniela!!!!!! Thank you!!!!" plus another fan added: "Amazing episode and thank you for always doing your best!!!! Hope they have you back for more."

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Daniela's episode of NCIS: Hawai'i, of which she also shared plenty of behind-the-scenes glimpses, premieres next month.

Speaking to Deadline about her shot at the director's chair after 15 years starring as Kensi, she said: "Kensi was born as a character on NCIS, 15 years ago, so now to be able to step onto that set again, as a director, with that incredible cast and crew, is an absolute honor. So many familiar faces and people I love and they've welcomed me with open arms. It's like coming home."

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