This ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Agent Plays a Villain in a New Role and Fans Are Here for It

The cast of NCIS: New Orleans sometimes take on other projects. That’s the life of a working actor. While the role of playing a “Special Agent” on the hit CBS spin-off might carry pressure to avoid being typecast, one star of the show isn’t afraid to leave the NCIS badge behind to join the world of villainy. Who is it and what’s the project?

How many ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ stars have played a villain in other projects?

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Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund, Necar Zadegan as Special Agent Hannah Khoury, and Vanessa Ferlito as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio | Skip Bolen/CBS via Getty Images

NCIS: New Orleans follows a satellite team of agents who track down criminals considered a threat to those in the military. The team, operated beneath Supervisory Agent Dwyane Pride (Scott Bakula), is made up of “good” guys (and gals).

So far, no one from the main squad has defected and turned against the others to support criminals. A few seasons back, Pride recruited ATF Agent, Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant), who worked undercover. She had the ability to “turn to the dark side,” if she’d wanted, but she didn’t.

There was also Meredith Brody (Zoe McClellan) who trusted a “bad guy” and nearly got everyone killed. She left the team after realizing she couldn’t trust herself.

Those two aside, all others remain loyal and committed to seeking justice. For one of them to become a villain working against Pride and the team, that would take something drastic and it’s unlikely within the NCIS: New Orleans world.

However, that doesn’t mean the stars can’t branch out into other projects to get their “baddie” fix.

Which ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ star plays a villain in another project?

Fans can’t fathom a world where Bakula plays a villain, so that’s not an option. The newest NCIS Agent, Hannah Khoury — played by Necar Zadegan — can now be seen in the TV series, Star Trek: Picard, where she plays Bjayzl.

So far, there’s only one episode listed on Zadegan’s IMDb page. In “Stardust City Rag,” Zadegan’s character foils Picard’s ruse. In a clip provided by the official NCIS: New Orleans Twitter account, Zadegan isn’t fooled by Picard’s attempt to pass off Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) as anything else.

One fan noted that, because Bjayzl calls Seven of Nine by her birth name, Annika Hansen, the two know each other on a much deeper level — and Picard didn’t see it coming.

“Wow! She’s great on NCIS NOLA & now as a Star Trek baddie! Such a talent!” one fan tweeted. “I will never tire of seeing that clip. Thank you.” another said.

“This is the first time that I’ve seen .@zadegan play a villain. She’s really good at being evil, too! (Just so you know, that’s meant to be a compliment,” this fan echoed. “One of the Hottest baddies of all time. She played that role Brilliantly,” this fan added.

Pride may have a thing or two to say, but those that watch Zadegan on NCIS: New Orleans week after week approve of the move to villainy.

Zadegan isn’t the only one with ‘Star Trek’ connections

It’s no secret that Bakula played one of the most beloved Star Trek characters of all-time, Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise. Bakula, who played the role for four years, previously stated the run was a “fantastic experience,” crediting everyone “on all sides of the camera.”

According to an interview with the official Star Trek website, Bakula is grateful for the time he spent on set as Captain Archer. His favorite thing, he said, was “working with some of the most talented people and groundbreakers in the industry.”

Perhaps Zadegan felt the same and she’ll return to the Star Trek scene. In the meantime, fans can still get their weekly dose of Special Agent Hannah Khoury alongside Pride as they make the world a better place one bad guy at a time.

NCIS: New Orleans airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on CBS.