‘NCIS’: Who Plays Gibbs’ Therapist?

NCIS boss Gibbs experiences a lot of stress on the job and in his personal life. One person he sometimes turns to for help is his therapist, Dr. Grace Confalone. Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about Laura San Giacomo, the woman who plays Gibbs’ therapist.

Who is Dr. Grace Confalone?

Mark Harmon and Laura San Giacomo | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon and Laura San Giacomo | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Dr. Grace is first introduced during NCIS Season 13, Episode 16 (titled “Loose Cannons”). Dr. Cyril Taft (Gibbs’ surgeon) is having coffee at Gibbs’ house. While they play a game of chess, Cyril casually mentions he thinks Gibbs should see a therapist. Gibbs disagrees, but Cyril reminds him he was shot and is likely suffering from trauma.

Cyril recommends his therapist, Dr. Grace Confalone. Cyril says he talks about Gibbs during his sessions and he has a feeling Gibbs and Dr. Grace would get along well. He later sets up a meeting between Dr. Grace and Gibbs at a diner and they decide to start therapy.

Laura San Giacomo’s movies and TV shows

Laura San Giacomo made her television acting debut in a 1987 episode of All My Children in which she played the character Luisa. That same year, she appeared in an episode of Spencer for Hire titled “On the Night He Was Betrayed.”

San Giacomo made her film debut in the 1988 movie Miles from Home. The following year, she had a starring role in the film Sex, Lies, and Video Tape. The actress is also known for her role in Pretty Woman, alongside Julia Roberts. She played the character Kit De Luca. Her other acting roles include appearances in Vital Signs, Where the Day Takes You, Saving Grace and Just Shoot Me!  

Laura San Giacomo’s highest-grossing films

Laura San Giacomo | Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images
Laura San Giacomo | Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

As of this writing, San Giacomo’s highest-grossing film is Pretty Woman, with $432.6 million in worldwide box office earnings. This includes $178.4 million in domestic earnings and $254.2 million internationally. Her other high-grossing films include Once Around, with $14.8 million in worldwide box office earnings; Quigley Down Under, with $21.4 million in worldwide box office earnings; and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, with $36.7 million in worldwide box office earnings.

We might see a lot more of Dr. Grace on ‘NCIS’

It looks like we might see a lot more of Dr. Grace Confalone on NCIS. The show’s producers tell TV Line we will begin to see a softer side of Gibbs. Dr. Grace will most likely come into the picture once again as she helps Gibbs navigate his feelings about the loss of his family and murdering the man who killed them. Producers also hint there’s something else Gibbs is dealing with in his personal life that will be explored in season 18.

What’s next for Laura San Giacomo

Next, San Giacomo is expected to appear in a short film titled Lina. She plays the character Adele. After that, she will appear in Violet as Adele.

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