‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: How Chris O’Donnell’s Mother Knew He Would Be Famous

NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell has been an actor since 1986. Here’s how his mother, Julie, knew he was going to be famous.

Chris O’Donnell on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

Chris O'Donnell on NCIS Los Angeles | CBS via Getty Images
Chris O’Donnell on NCIS Los Angeles | CBS via Getty Images

O’Donnell has been playing G. Callen on NCIS: Los Angeles since the show began in 2009. Callen got into a lot of trouble when he was a teenager. Thankfully, Hetty Lange took and interest in him and became his mentor. Years later, he joined NCIS and partnered with agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J). The two became not only colleagues but close friends.

O’Donnell is also close to LL Cool J when the cameras aren’t rolling. During an interview with Rachael Ray, O’Donnell says LL Cool J is just like a brother. “It’s a brotherly thing where I’m as close with him as anybody I’ve ever worked with and he will always be a dear friend,” says O’Donnell. “But at the same point, we can drive each other crazy. It’s like with your siblings when you’re growing up and you’re just pestering each other nonstop and it almost becomes the goal of the day. He puts up with me. He’s a good sport about it.”

How Chris O’Donnell became famous

O’Donnell made his television acting debut in a 1986 episode of the series Jack and Mike titled “Cry Uncle.” He played the character Evan. He made his film debut in the 1990 movie Men Don’t Leave, in which he played the character Chris Macauley. The following year, he played Buddy Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes. O’Donnell landed his first recurring television role in The Practice. He played Brad Stanfield for four episodes in 2003.

O’Donnell’s other films include appearances in School Ties, Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.

How Chris O’Donnell’s mother knew he would be famous

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, O’Donnell’s mother shares how she knew her son would be a big star one day. She tells the host her son used to change clothes multiple times a day, as if he was doing a wardrobe change. It was almost as if he knew he was destined to become an actor.

“When he was 3 and 4 years old, he would change his clothes three times a day, so I figured he’s going to get into something,” says O’Donnell’s mother. “And I would just fold [the clothes], put them back in the drawer, and then he would get another set out.”

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