‘NCIS’: Tony DiNozzo’s Bedroom Isn’t What You Would Expect
Tony DiNozzo (played by Michael Weatherly) is full of surprises. Just when you thought you knew everything about the NCIS character, you learn something new about him. Here’s why Tony DiNozzo’s bedroom is the most surprising part of his apartment.
Creating Tony DiNozzo’s apartment
The NCIS producers and writers put a lot of thought into creating just the right look for Tony’s apartment. Viewers had never seen where he lived until season 10, so it was important for the team to make sure they paid attention to every detail. “The biggest point of departure, DiNozzo-wise in season 10, was seeing his apartment,” says Weatherly in a 2013 interview with CBS.
Weatherly says he was asked what he would like to see in Tony’s apartment. Along with Weatherly’s input, the writers, producers, and set designer collaborated to breathe life into Tony’s living space. What resulted was a very modern, upscale apartment complete with stainless steel appliances, a piano, fireplace, and marble finishes.
“I think it’s a pleasant surprise for people to see that he lives well, that there’s sort of an upscale nature to his place,” said the late NCIS producer Gary Glasberg in his interview with CBS. “Tremendous thought and an unbelievable amount of discussion went into the building of [this] set.”
The 1 surprising thing about Tony DiNozzo’s bedroom
Once viewers finally get a glimpse of Tony’s apartment, they see something quite unexpected. The first thing you’ll likely notice is his bed. It’s a lot smaller than you would think it would be. Tony is known for being a ladies’ man, so you would expect him to have at least a queen-size bed so his lady friends can stay overnight. Surprisingly, Tony has a single-size bed. It’s just enough room for him, suggesting he’s not open to having someone stay over.
If Tony did want someone to stay over, he does have a big couch. However, it seems like his bedroom is off-limits to guests. “Can you imagine Tony DiNozzo sleeping on this?” asks Lynn Wolverton-Parker, a set decorator for NCIS. “I can’t, but he does,” she told CBS. Weatherly says the small bed shows what kind of person Tony is. “I loved the idea of a single bed,” says Weatherly. “It’s a real lesson in what makes DiNozzo tick. This is a guy to doesn’t give himself the opportunity to have someone spend the night. He is not allowing for any growth. And I just think that is so interesting for a gregarious, supposedly outgoing, funny guy.”
Glasberg told CBS Tony doesn’t see his apartment as a bachelor pad. “This is his place where he goes and he rests and he sleeps and he watches movies and he feels safe. And it’s not about bringing women back to his apartment. This is his home,” Glasberg said. Tony once referred to his apartment as his sanctuary.
Tony DiNozzo doesn’t have a lot of stuff
One thing you’ll notice is Tony likes to keep the contents of his apartment at a minimum. “I fell in love with the idea of having a living room and a dining room next to one another separated by a fireplace that you could see right through. And a step down into the living room,” production designer Robert Bacon told CBS. “All kind of done in white on white and very clean and kind of beautiful, as Tony would have it.”
Wolverton-Parker says everything is new and clean in Tony’s apartment. “We have all brand-new appliances,” she said. “Really beautiful things that I went out and found. And he’s got very, very little [in his apartment]. He’s got a lot of liquor and a few glasses, and that’s about it. That’s DiNozzo-ish.” Wolverton-Parker also notes DiNozzo only has two chairs at his dining room table, and one of those chairs is pulled away from the table and placed next to his guitar. It doesn’t look like DiNozzo wants guests to stay that long.
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