There was a touch of kismet to Zoe McLellen’s audition for “NCIS: New Orleans,” currently in production here with a scheduled Sept. 23 regular-season premiere. McLellen plays NCIS Special Agent Meredith Brody in the spinoff, introduced during two episodes of “NCIS” earlier this year.
“I was actually having breakfast with my mom in L.A., and I got an email from my agent saying they wanted to see me that day, just a few hours later, to audition for the role,” said McLellan of the speedy pilot-casting process during an interview at the Summer TV Tour in Hollywood. “So they sent over some sides (or script pages). I didn’t even have a full script, just some audition sides, and as soon as I read the part … Never before have I felt that strongly about a role. I just felt, ‘I need to play her. This is my part.’
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One storyline that was being discussed involves Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, and David McCallum all partaking in a crossover. As for the New Orleans show itself, don’t expect it to have the same feel as Washington. The writers are working to really infuse the stories with the local culture, not to mention that the New Orleans office doesn’t have nearly as many resources as Washington. Seriously, we’re talking like three or four people working hard.
Zoe Mclellan was part of the Red Dress Run – see the photos on the NCIS New Orleans Instagram
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“Regardless of how I felt as CCH Pounder walking into the morgue, it changed my humanity on a personal level. It’s deeply personal,” she said during a recent interview at the Summer TV Tour in Hollywood. “I was warned by another actor who had done a similar thing several years ago. They said, ‘The smell was awful, and don’t wear clothes that you love, because you want to wrap them all up and throw them away because the smell of death will be on you.’ I experienced none of that. If there was a smell of death, I wasn’t aware of it.