Nell drops a Hetty bombshell on Kensi in an unaired confession scene on NCIS: Los Angeles

Eric Christian Olsen, star of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, has shared some previously unseen scenes from the show’s most recent season, including a candid exchange between Kensi and Acting Operations Manager Nell Jones.

Eric Christian Olsen recently took to Instagram with an exciting exclusive look at some unaired moments from the 12th season of NCIS: Los Angeles. With the popular NCIS spin-off returning to CBS soon, some surprising details about the departure of Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones (played by Renée Felice Smith) have emerged.

In a heartfelt deleted scene from NCIS: LA’s latest episode, Nell Jones expresses her concerns about taking over as Operations Manager.

During Hetty Lange’s departure, The Analyst took over as the head of the NCIS’s west coast branch, succeeding Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt).

Thankfully, Hetty eventually returned, relieving Nell of the burden of managing the entire team.

Their heartfelt reunion eventually led to the acting OM’s departure from the squad, as her boyfriend Eric Beale (Barrett Foa) accepted a new business opportunity.

However, an unearthed deleted scene from the most recent season may have allayed some fans’ fears about Nell’s eventual departure.

Nell opened up to Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) about her concerns after taking on the demanding new role.

Admiral Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) offers Hetty’s job to Nell as a permanent position in the 14th episode of season 12, ‘The Noble Maidens.’

With time running out to make a final decision, the analyst admitted to Kensi that she wasn’t sure if she was ready to take on the responsibilities that came with the job.

“I’m starting to wonder why I picked up the phone when Hetty called,” she says to the agent.

Nell then admitted that she felt guilty for thinking such things, as she would never abandon the team.

Nonetheless, she was tempted to abandon NCIS in favor of a mundane office job.

Kensi’s surprise revelation that she had had similar thoughts was revealed in the cut extended scene.

“Do you know what I’ve always wanted?” she inquired of Nell.

“Working as a trail guide. You don’t have cell service because you’re always outside, riding horses.”

Nell then jokingly suggested that the two go off to “be cowgirls together” as a more wholesome alternative to dealing with the country’s most dangerous threats.

Kensi demonstrated that she had given her fantasies careful consideration by naming their fictitious new home the ‘Wild Chick Ranch.’

Kensi’s daydream was clearly taken more seriously by Hetty’s stand-in, who admitted, “wait, seriously, I think I love this.”

Unfortunately, Kensi’s expression said it all, and one of the show’s most enduring agents will be returning for season 13.

Still, Nell got her wish when she bid a tearful farewell to NCIS, though there’s still a chance she and Eric will return for guest appearances here and there.

Linda Hunt, star of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ Didn’t Always Want to Be an Actor: Here’s Why

Linda Hunt is best known for her role as Hetty Lange on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” as well as her Oscar-winning performance as Billy Kwan in “The Year of Living Dangerously.” She portrayed the Shadout Mapes in David Lynch’s “Dune,” as well as Grandmother Willow in “Pocahontas” and the Narrator in the “God of War” video game series. Despite her impressive acting resume, it’s a little-known fact that Linda Hunt didn’t always intend to be an actor.

Her parents initially suggested that Hunt pursue directing rather than acting because of her stature; Hunt is 4 foot 9 due to hypopituitary dwarfism. She took her parents’ advice and relocated from Connecticut to New York to pursue her dreams of directing and stage management. That, however, was not her dream.

“I was a good enough actor at that point to know I didn’t know enough to be a director,” she has said. By chance, she enrolled in an acting class taught by Robert Lewis. Lewis was a well-known acting teacher and director who founded New York’s Group Theater in the 1930s and later became the head of the acting and directing departments at Yale School of Drama in the 1970s. According to The List, he was certain Linda Hunt would become an actress. He told Hunt that she “needed to stop acting like she wanted to be a director.”

Linda Hunt began her career on stage, with “Ah, Wilderness,” her Broadway debut. She played Aunt Dan in “Aunt Dan and Lemon,” had multiple roles in a “Hamlet” production, and played Sister Aloysius in a “Doubt” production.

Hunt discussed the phenomenon of stage acting in an interview with BOMB Magazine in 1986. “Acting on stage is like an 3xpl0sion every night,” she said. And what keeps coming at you all the time while you’re trying to […] create something that requires a tremendous amount of organization and concentration.”

Linda Hunt’s Current NCIS: Los Angeles Role

Linda Hunt is best known for her role as Hetty Lange on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Hetty worked as the Office of Special Projects’ Operations Manager. She is currently on a mission overseas and does not appear on the show. Linda Hunt hasn’t appeared on “NCIS: LA” seasons 12 or 13 because she’s been taking C0V1D 19 precautions.

Chris O’Donnell, Hunt’s co-star, once described the experience of working with her as “exhilarating.”

“Some of the scenes with Linda Hunt,” he explained, “she’s such an amazing actress you never know what to expect.” I read the script and read the scene aloud, but she has such a command of the English language and the way words fall off her tongue that it’s never what I expect.”

NCIS L.A: Is Linda Hunt Leaving Her Role as Hetty Lange? What We’ve Found!

According to NCIS Los Angeles spoilers, Linda Hunt’s character, Hetty Lange, is retiring. We say NO for the following reasons. For one thing, NCIS requires her. Her replacement was fired in the final episode of the previous season!

NCIS: Los Angeles Spoilers – Linda Hunt Has Appeared In Several Shows Throughout Her Career

Viewers of NCIS: Los Angeles may have recognized Linda from her roles in films such as Space Rangers, The Practice, Carnivalé, Kindergarten Cop, and Scorpion. Linda has also provided voiceovers for animated films such as Disney’s Pocahontas and Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, NCIS viewers will agree that her portrayal of the feisty Hetty Lange is her most well-known role. Hetty has been the Operations Manager at NCIS Los Angeles’ Office of Special Projects, or OSP, since the show first aired in 2009. Hetty’s bark is worse than her bite, as long-time NCIS: Los Angeles viewers know! She took in war orphans and Agent Grisha “G” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) as a teenager after returning from active duty in Vietnam, and she also performed the marriage of Agents Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) in season 10.

Spoilers for NCIS: Los Angeles – Where Has Hetty Lange Been?

Viewers of NCIS: Los Angeles will recall that at the start of season 12, Hetty video-called Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith) and told her she needed her to fill in at NCIS. Hetty didn’t reveal where she was or what she was doing to Nell (or NCIS: Los Angeles viewers), but it was later revealed that she was in Afghanistan on a covert mission. Hetty reappeared in the season 12 finale, but fans were concerned that the 76-year-old Hunt was retiring. Later, it was revealed that she was simply playing it safe because the C0V1D pand3m1c was still raging at the time season 12 was filmed. Hunt even filmed her few appearances in her own driveway at her personal residence! Throughout the season, Callen and others wondered if she had left NCIS until they discovered she was on the mission in Afghanistan.

Los Angeles NCIS Spoilers: Renee Felice Smith has left the show, and Nell Jones has followed her.

Viewers of NCIS: Los Angeles will recall that when Hetty made her brief reappearance, two NCIS: Los Angeles team members left! That was Nell Jones, Hetty’s replacement, and Eric Beale (Barrett Foa). They left Los Angeles, as did NCIS, on their way to Tokyo, Japan. That leaves Hetty to run the OSP on her own for the time being, at least until she can find a suitable replacement. Viewers will recall that Hetty is extremely picky about who she would accept as her replacement.

It has long been assumed that Hetty saw Nell as a younger version of herself, which is why she adored her and drafted her to replace her. She did, however, understand when Nell wanted to leave, especially since she was leaving with her not-so-secret love Eric Beale! Will Linda Hunt and Hetty Lange retire at the same time? That could happen, but not in season 13! NCIS: Los Angeles is set to return on October 10, 2021.

Keep an eye on NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Los Angeles spoilers for all the latest news, updates, and developments!