NCIS: Hawaii’s Tori Anderson On Working With Vanessa Lachey And Why The Series Is Fun To Watch

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What makes your role on “NCIS: Hawaii” fun to play, and what’s the biggest challenge?

I think the biggest challenge for me is playing someone who comes off a little bit cold. Naturally, I feel like I’m quite an empathetic person, but Kate is very career-driven, and really sees the world in black and white, right and wrong, and just knows exactly what she’s supposed to do.

The fun thing to play with her is her trying to develop relationships that aren’t just work-based, to sort of find the gray areas with people. I don’t know, but I think she spent her life quite lonely, and I think she’s really inspired by the team that Jane Tennant has built. So, that’s been a really fun aspect to play, — trying to figure out where she fits in with everyone in her team, in Jane’s team.

Now, were you an “NCIS” fan before taking the role? And if so, is there a character that you drew inspiration from for Whistler?

I actually haven’t watched any of the “NCIS” franchise. So, this was sort of my first introduction to it — getting kind of thrust into the world. Since then, I’ve started watching it since being cast, and I think what’s so amazing about this franchise is the fanbase. It’s a show that’s been going on for 19 seasons now. It’s so established. And I think, with that, I’m almost glad I hadn’t watched the show before because having that kind of insurmountable pressure of trying to live up to something … I’m glad I kind of avoided that a little bit.

Things are kind of heating up for Kate and Lucy. Can you give us any insight into where their relationship might be headed?

They have quite a tumultuous relationship, and that’s what I love about the writing of these two people. They both come from such different backgrounds, and how they approach a relationship is so different, but I do think they are willing to learn from each other. Their communication could use a little bit of work at times, but they’re learning. They’re trying to sort of figure each other out.

Obviously, Kate is struggling with having a relationship in the work environment, whereas Lucy is much more open to that. But there’s a bit of softening to Kate. Lucy brings out this beautiful side of Kate that she’s starting to embrace. It’s a bit of a bumpy journey, and there’s going to be ups and downs. I’ll just say that.

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