Scott Bakula wasn’t in love with New Orleans the first time he visited the city in 2013 to shoot the film “Elsa & Fred.”
“It was right before the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, and it was an odd time to be here,” he tells CBS News. “I was here in the winter. I just thought, ‘Maybe I’ll be back,’ but I wasn’t thinking, ‘Wow, I really get New Orleans.'”
Now, though, as the star of “NCIS: New Orleans,” it’s safe to say Bakula “gets” the city now that he lives there five days a week.
“I have a much more personal relationship with the city now,” he explains. “I understand it so much more than I did before.”
Bakula says he knows now why many New Orleans natives were so unwilling to leave their city after Katrina.