NCIS LOS ANGELES Exclusive: America Olivo aka Eva Answers Some Burning Questions

America Olivo

Last week, in the episode “Sacrifice”, we were introduced to a very interesting new character, Eva Espinoza (America Olivo), the sexy and deadly mexican police chief who seemed to have crossed Kensi and sparked a connection with Deeks

Daemon’s TV had the opportunity to chat with the enchanting America Olivo about her character, whether she will be back to NCIS: Los Angeles and what else we can see her in. Check out what she had to say below and don’t forget to read our review of the episode “Sacrifice”.

On getting the role

America Olivo: It came about through just standard casting. My husband and I live in New York now. He does a lot of theatre and I just finished doing a Broadway show and so we’ve been doing a new form of auditioning which is just auditioning on tape and sending it in rather than showing up and meeting producers and directors in person. So sometimes you wonder if you send these things out into the void and nobody pays attention.

So we continued to do this on tape thing and got a call from ‘NCIS’ saying, ‘Come on down.’ And to be honest, I was sort of like, ‘Wow. You don’t need to see me in person? Okay, great. Maybe my work is speaking for itself in other ways‘ And then when I showed up I mean I realized that the role was pretty intense. It involves a lot of physicality and fighting and dramatic turns from, you know, it’s a pretty intense guest star.

I thought maybe it’s just something that’s like I’m going to show up and say, ‘Hi. How do you do? Here’s your paperwork.’ But this was like full on. And then they’re like ‘Yeah. We’ve got this love interest and we’re going to see where that goes.’. And I’m going, ‘Oh, okay. Wow. Okay. This is much bigger than I ever realized. I’m surprised you just trusted my tape but fantastic for me.’ And then I later realized that that they had screened ‘Bitch Slap‘ which was a film that I did a few years ago which was a lot of fighting and physicality on that and said they needed somebody who was really physically- because I play a police chief from Mexico. And they need somebody who is really capable of taking down and can hold her own in a fight.

On shooting the episode

America Olivo: I mean the whole show is so action packed. The whole episode was just absolutely amazing. It was just go, go, go. Just an adrenaline rush. Some of the other newer guest stars on the show and I were just standing around just in awe going, ‘I can’t believe that this is television. This is something that you do in like a Michael Bay film. And this is huge.’ There’s some huge explosions going on here.

On working with the cast

America Olivo: It’s so beautiful when you get a chance to step in and you’re the new kid on the block. And you’re walking in as a guest star and as an outsider into a family. The whole cast are such a great family on their own. They’re just so warm and they were so inviting and immediately made me feel like I was a part of the family. The whole cast, crew, the writers and directors. Everybody’s so nice. So, so nice. I honestly just was like, you know everything they talk about in Hollywood and you get maybe it gets a bad reputation of people being cutthroat or bitchy or this, that. I saw none of it. I just feel so fortunate that I get to be a part of projects with wonderful people. I always am around wonderful casts. And this is no exception to that rule.

On how many episodes Eva will appear in

America Olivo: That’s something that CBS is not allowing me to say.

On her current and upcoming projects

America Olivo: My husband and I are right now involved in one called ‘It’s Just Sex’. And that’s coming up at the end of this month. And a play reading is sort of like what a pilot is for a TV show, right? So you go in and you put it up in front of the sponsors and people that are going to put money up to make it a full production.

I’ve got two films that are in preproduction but we don’t have our dates set. But one is a fun horror, again, more- less bloody more Hitchcock thriller, ‘Twilight Zone’ style called ‘Tales After Twilight’. And another one that’s a thirties coming of age story that is called ‘You May be Right’. Around a Billy Joel cover band.

If you could guest star on any TV show, which one would it be?

America Olivo: I’d have to say if I could be on any show it would be the resurgence of ‘Arrested Development’.

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