‘NCIS’: How Lauren Holly Was Cast as Director Jenny Shepard

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lauren Holly, Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pblo, and Michael Weatherly

Former NCIS star Lauren
Holly
performed Director Jenny Shepard from 2005 to 2008. Here’s what Showbiz
Cheat Sheet is aware of about how she was forged in her function.

Lauren Holly was nearly forged as Kate Todd

Lauren Holly, Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pblo, and Michael Weatherly | Barry King/WireImage
Lauren Holly, Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pblo, and Michael Weatherly | Barry King/WireImage

Holly nearly wasn’t forged as Director Jenny Shepard. She was
initially thought of for the function of Kate Todd. That function ultimately went to Sasha
Alexander
. When a possibility got here up once more for an NCIS function, Holly
put her hat within the ring. During an interview with CBS, Mark
Harmon
says he wasn’t stunned when he heard Holly was being thought of
for the function of Shepard as a result of her identify had come up earlier than:

I had heard Lauren’s identify initially introduced up right here after they have been initially making an attempt to exchange the very first woman that was a part of NCIS within the very starting. At the time that Sasha was employed, Lauren was in that blend to play that function. And the truth that her identify got here again up once more for the function of Jenny Shepard didn’t shock me so much. But I knew that she would carry one thing very completely different to the function not solely as a result of she’s feminine, however due to what she has as an actress.

Lauren Holly discovered the function of Director Shepard difficult

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It wasn’t straightforward for Holly to play the function of Jenny Shepard.
She needed to make fairly just a few changes to the best way she approaches performing.
According to NCIS creator Don Bellisario, Holly is used to taking part in
softer roles. Consequently, taking over the function of Director Jenny Shepard posed
a problem. During an interview with CBS, she says she needed to learn to play
a troublesome character with out being unlikeable.

“You can’t simply play the arduous ass as a result of you’ll be able to’t be
utterly unlikeable,” Holly mentioned. “However, it’s OK if I’m the character that
folks don’t really feel like hugging on a regular basis.”

How Lauren Holly was forged as Director Jenny Shepard

Lauren Holly and Mark Harmon | Ron P. Jaffe/CBS Photo Archive via Getty ImagesLauren Holly and Mark Harmon | Ron P. Jaffe/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images
Lauren Holly and Mark Harmon | Ron P. Jaffe/CBS Photo Archive by way of Getty Images

Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson instructed CBS that Holly was a prime decide as a result of they wished to do one thing completely different on the present. Since the true NCIS didn’t have a feminine director, the producers wished to forged a feminine for the function so they may shake issues up:

I feel we love to do issues I feel all the businesses do. You love to do issues which might be completely different. There was no feminine director in the true NCIS. We had 4 males and we felt we would have liked a steadiness. And so, Don [Bellisario] got here up with the thought of, ‘What if we hire a woman for this role? Someone who could go toe-to-toe or be interesting with Mark?’

As it turned out, he considered this concept of maybe having these two brokers, and this agent changing into the boss of Jethro Gibbs. And so, when this got here up, we bought a name from her agent saying she’d be focused on it as nicely. And most individuals appear to essentially like her work within the business, in order that was actually how that took place.

Read extra:
‘NCIS’: Why Did Lauren Holly Leave the Show?

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