LL COOL J is making a return to the NCIS universe, but this time, he’s trading the urban backdrop for the sun-soaked beaches of Hawai’i. In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE ahead of his debut on NCIS: Hawai’i, the 56-year-old rapper shares his excitement about reprising his role as Sam Hanna from NCIS: LA.
Describing the experience as “fun” and “right,” LL COOL J expresses his enthusiasm for exploring Sam’s character in a new setting. He mentions that his character’s story in Los Angeles wasn’t fully concluded, and now the move to Hawai’i offers an opportunity to delve deeper into Sam’s narrative.
Regarding his chemistry with Vanessa Lachey, who leads the Hawai’i spinoff, LL COOL J describes it as a “good vibe,” emphasizing the enjoyment of working together and the positive energy she brings to the set.
As for the longevity of the NCIS franchise, LL COOL J attributes it to elements like humor, banter, and action, which have kept viewers engaged over the years. He acknowledges the dedication of the show’s fans and credits them with the series’ enduring success.
With NCIS approaching its milestone 1000th episode, LL COOL J expresses his pride in being part of such a significant television event and looks forward to seeing how audiences respond to the upcoming episodes.
NCIS: Hawai’i airs on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.