For a series star who wants to get into directing, starting with his or her own series is a good and logical move.
It's an automatic bonus to know the cast, crew and characters in calling the shots for the first time... as Daniela Ruah did in making the Sunday episode of the CBS drama “NCIS: Los Angeles,” now in its 12th season.
“It was something that took me a while to realize I wanted to do,” Ruah says of her first job behind the cameras. “People will say that their passion has always been to do this or that, and that wasn't the case with me and directing, but something clicked in the last couple of years where I just decided that I was ready to do it. Maybe it has to do with age and maturity, I don't know, but I trust myself to do it now.”
In preparing “to pilot this gigantic airplane,” as she refers to her directing gig, Ruah had the cushion of being extremely familiar with the vast majority of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” team she'd be guiding. “This is the place to do it,” she confirms, noting that executive producer R. Scott Gemmill “very much kept me in the loop as he was writing the episode. He gave me every advantage possible to do this right, including having the holidays to work on it. Usually, a director has much less time to prep an episode.”