NCIS: LA star Chris O’Donnell is featured in the May/June 2018 issue of CBS Watch! Magazine.
Chris O’Donnell: Here is a guy who is fun, relaxed, self-deprecating, family-focused and free of bitterness, even towards the things that injure him. He pursued acting as a way to stand out in a large family, to find his niche in a sports-focused school, or to follow a whim.
Down to earth
Being seduced by the bright lights of Hollywood wasn’t a risk for Chris O’Donnell. “As far as letting it go to my head, or getting caught up, that was never me,” he says. “Running around L.A. clubs just wasn’t my scene.”
Working close to home comes in handy for Chris O’Donnell. On filming NCIS: Los Angeles he says, “I come to this place everyday for therapy to get things out of my system. I love to do it. It also gives me the opportunity to be in Los Angeles with my family.”
Although many people attach the actor to his role in the Batman films, Chris O’Donnell has learned to embrace his past. “For a lot of people I will always be Robin, and that’s good and bad, but I wouldn’t trade it.”
Strength in numbers
During his move to the small-screen, the CBS star relied on his wife and kids to get him through. “I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t had a really strong family,” he shares. “Not only to support me, but giving me the drive to figure something out knowing that I’ve got people to support as well.”
Thank your lucky stars
Genuine gratitude hasn’t escaped Chris O’Donnell either. “The show could not have come at a better time in my life, having five young kids in school,” he says. “I did have an enormous amount of success right out of the gate, which probably made me take things for granted. But then I went through lows, [and] when I got another chance, I appreciated it so much more.”
NCIS: Los Angeles was recently renewed for a tenth season on CBS.
Photography: David Needleman / Styling: Michael Nash / Styling Assistant: Chelsea Baker / Groomer: Natalia Bruschi