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10 THINGS with Zoe McLellan

You’ve been acting for quite some time. We all remember your roles on JAG and Dirty Sexy Money. What made you think of being an actress in the first place?

I remember when I was a little girl, watching some black and white movie and telling my aunt Katie “I want to be inside the TV”.

Looking back on your career, did everything pan out the way you planned it out?

I’ve been a working actress for a long time now. The only time off I’ve had was by choice. That was my plan. When I go for something, I really go for it.

Regard Magazine Zoe McLellan

“Careful What You Wish For” — After an NCIS agent is killed during a security detail for the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, the team must determine if this was an assassination attempt or if someone is targeting one of their own. Meanwhile, Agent Brody is placed under investigation and her mysterious past is reevaluated, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Feb. 10 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

At some point, you took a break from acting to take care of your family, which is admirable. Did you pick up right where you left off or were there adjustments to be made?

It was bizarre to jump back into it, after being with my family and truly stepping away from Hollywood and that whole world. I booked NCIS: New Orleans very fast after my return. I can thank my dad for that. Before he passed, he told me I needed to go back to acting. He was right!

Welcome back! There’s some history with the NCIS franchise, since it was derived from JAG, which you were a part of. How does it feel to have been part of this TV lineage?

It’s an honor. They are all hit shows! I feel lucky.

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“Love Hurts” — Behind the scenes of the CBS series NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Scott Bakula and Zoe McLellan Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

How were you introduced to NCIS: New Orleans and what made you decide to jump on board?

It just felt so right. I’ve never been so sure about a role in my life.

You play the role of Meredith Brody. What are the many facets of your character and what do you enjoy about playing her the most?

Brody is strong. She’s coming out of her shell in New Orleans. My favorite sides to play with are the more personal sides; the relationship stuff is the best.

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“My Brother’s Keeper” — After a Navy recruiter is the target of a lethal hit and run, the NCIS team investigates whether the murder was tied to her career or her role as a foster mother to two brothers. Also, Lasalle grows increasingly concerned for his brotherÕs welfare after welcoming him into his home, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Feb 24, 2014 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle and Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

As the season draws to a close, what can fans expect from Meredith and the rest of the cast on the season finale?

They can expect us to continue catching the bad guys!

If you didn’t have this wonderful job as an actress, what career path would you take?

I would be a singer/songwriter, teacher, author, inspirational speaker, psychic reader, or kundalini yoga teacher.

Regard Magazine Zoe McLellan

“The Recruits” — After a Navy Seal is found murdered in a sorority house, the NCIS team must determine if the motive pertained to one of his classified missions or collegiate foul play. Meanwhile, PrideÕs daughter, Laurel, pays the NCIS office a visit, on NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Oct 14 (9:00-10:01, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Zoe McLellan as Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody Photo: Skip Bolen/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

When it comes to fashion, who are some of your favorite fashion designers and styles in your personal closet?

I honestly don’t have a favorite designer. I don’t shop very often and when I do it’s very random. The vibe I go for is classy/sexy/me. Whatever feels right on my body at the time.

We look forward to seeing how things play out on NCIS: New Orleans. What other projects do you have coming up?

Unfortunately, I can’t talk about that just yet. 🙂

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