‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: What LL Cool J’s Co-Stars Call Him on Set

LL Cool J is best known for his extraordinary rap career. He’s also known for playing Sam Hanna on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” What do his co-stars call him on set? LL Cool J? Cool J? Cool? We’ve got the answer for you. Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about what LL Cool J’s castmates call him on the set of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

What does ‘LL’ stand for in ‘LL Cool J’?

Eric Christian Olsen and LL Cool J on NCIS Los Angeles. |  Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images
Eric Christian Olsen and LL Cool J on NCIS Los Angeles. | Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images

LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968. If you’re not familiar with the actor from his rap days, you might not know what his stage name stands for. In various interviews, the star revealed the name LL Cool J is short for “Ladies Love Cool James.”

What LL Cool J’s co-stars call him on the ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ set

Eric Christian Olsen, Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles. | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Eric Christian Olsen, Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles. | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

So, what does the “NCIS: Los Angeles” cast call LL Cool J? During an interview with “Glamour” magazine, the actor/rapper revealed his castmates simply call him Todd, his middle name. He told journalist Jessica Radloff he likes when his co-stars call him Todd because it feels more personal and natural. He told the publication he doesn’t want his interactions to be all about his persona:

I let everybody call me Todd because I think that (1) It’s more personal and I can connect with people, and (2) I don’t want it to be about my career, my brand, my persona. I’m here working, and I just like Todd Smith on the call sheet. It just keeps it simple. I don’t feel like they’ll take me more serious or anything like that because I’m still LL Cool J on billing, but I think it’s more personal.

What LL Cool J’s wife calls him

The “NCIS: Los Angeles” actor met his wife, Simone Smith, back in 1987. They were married in 1995. So, what does his wife call him? During an interview with Katie Couric, LL Cool J said his wife calls him Todd, just like his castmates.

What LL Cool J likes about his ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ character

LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles. |  Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images
LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles. | Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images

LL Cool J has been playing the role of Sam Hanna on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since he joined the cast back in 2009. He told “Glamour” he likes his job and he really likes his character, Sam Hanna. Here’s what he said about Sam:

I like Sam’s life. He’s the ultimate team player and puts his life on the line for his friends. He believes in what he’s doing. I don’t need more from Sam. He has a family, we found out that he sacrificed a football scholarship to join the Navy young, for reasons we will find out later, we know that he’s just a really special guy. He’s a hero.

Read more: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Why LL Cool J Decided to Join the Show

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