‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Sweetest Things LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell Said About Their Friendship

The NCIS: Los Angeles cast are friends on and off the set. LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell have been close friends ever since the series began back in 2009. Here some of the sweet (and funny) things O’Donnell and LL Cool J have said about their friendship.

Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, and Daniela Ruah | David Livingston/Getty Images
Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, and Daniela Ruah | David Livingston/Getty Images

Chris O’Donnell says he and LL Cool J are ‘like an old married couple’

During a 2014 interview, Queen Latifah tells O’Donnell he and LL Cool J have been friends for so long they must be “like an old married couple.” O’Donnell, who had been friends with LL Cool J for six years at the time, agrees, joking they’re due for their seven-year itch soon.

“I think we both rub off on [each other],” says O’Donnell. “He has me carrying around Chapstick now, because that’s his big thing. And I’ve got him doing impressions of my dad. It’s hilarious to see LL Cool J impersonate my dad, of all people.”

Chris O’Donnell says LL Cool J is like a brother

O’Donnell tells Rachael Ray that LL Cool J is just like a brother, and they have become very close. Although he says they “pester” each other, he’s happy LL Cool J doesn’t seem to mind.

“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.”

LL Cool J says he has a great relationship with Chris O’Donnell

LL Cool J and O’Donnell both have big families (LL Cool J has four children and O’Donnell has five), so they have a lot in common. O’Donnell tells Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart he and his co-star discuss their kids’ homework and school basketball games. The actors tell Hart they hope their children will develop a close friendship like they have.

Chris O’Donnell says he and LL Cool J have great chemistry

If you regularly watch NCIS: Los Angeles, it’s easy to see how well O’Donnell and LL Cool J get along. Their scenes seem effortless. During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, O’Donnell says he and LL Cool J work very well together. 

It’s a good combo and I think it’s interesting. We’re very different people, we have very different upbringings, but at the core, we share a lot of the same values. We both have been around the block many times and realized what a great opportunity it was, and so we were there to work hard as we can and make [the show] a success. And it just turned out that our chemistry was really good together. I drive him crazy all day long. He says I’m the master of, as he calls it, ‘plausible BS.’ Because I just make stuff up and he can’t tell if I’m serious.”

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