Claire Forlani Cast in NCIS: LOS ANGELES

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What would Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J), Kensi (Daniela Ruah), Marty (Eric Christian Olsen), and Nate (Peter Cambor) do without Hetty (Linda Hunt)? I hope they don’t find out! Claire Forlani is joining CBS’ NCIS: LOS ANGELES this season in a recurring role, reports EW.com. Forlani will play the role of Lauren Hunter, the new Operations Manager for the NCIS: LA team.

EW.com describes Lauren as “attractive, authoritative, cool and calculating: She rarely lets her guard down, but when she does she reveals a dangerous quality that suggests she is much more than your run-of-the mill operations manager.”

EW sources reveal that the characters Lauren and Hetty will be part of this season’s cliffhanger. But fans will be left to wonder whether Hetty continues as the operations manager or is placed in another position on NCIS: LA. Or will actress Hunt even return next season?

The part of the operations manager on NCIS: LA was originated by Louise Lombard, who played Lara Macy in the show’s back-door pilot. She did not become a regular in the new series; and the character was killed off during an episode of NCIS.

CBS’ NCIS: LA airs on Tuesdays at 9pm. The episode featuring Forlani will air on May 10.