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A look back at some of the best NCIS: Los Angeles cast photographs

Daniela Ruah dazzling in ruby red. Chris O'Donnell finding the luck of the Irish. LL COOL J shining in the City of Light.

The creative team at Watch! share their all-time favorite photos of NCIS: Los Angeles stars that we've featured in our pages—like Daniela Ruah dancing on air in this breathtaking portrait.

"This is one of my all-time favorite Watch! images—Daniela Ruah's enrapturing pose captured by Cliff Lipson is timeless. We photographed the NCISLA beauty in an incredible old Hollywood era mansion, which perfectly matched the elegance of this gorgeous shoot." — Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor


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LL COOL J living his best life

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, December 2014.

"I just love the composition and candid realness of this photo. LL COOL J was in Paris for a Watch! cover shoot and his presence is just larger than life!" — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

Chris O'Donnell getting his fashion game on

Photography by David Needleman. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, May-June 2018.

You see this position a lot during a golf game. Chris O'Donnell really got into this shoot and gave us all the posed subtleties of a championship game. He just wears white pants so well! — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

Daniela Ruah looking like rain drops on roses

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, March-April 2018.

"We all pray for beautiful weather when we photograph our stars, but on the day of this shoot in Los Angeles, it was rain city. Nevertheless, Daniela Ruah playfully worked around the precipitation and was absolute perfection for this cover shot montage." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Eric Christian Olsen showing off his playful side

Photography by Adam Secore. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2013.

"There are no words—Eric Christian Olsen playing croquet in a bathrobe—sign me up for a rematch please!" —Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

Chris O'Donnell channeling his roots

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, April 2013.

"For his first cover shoot with Watch!, we took Chris O'Donnell to Ireland. Ashford Castle was the location and the whole crew was blown away by its beauty. The NCIS: Los Angeles star got those waders on and paddled our photographer Cliff Lipson into the middle of the lake to get this shot!" — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

Daniela Ruah delivering that California dreamy

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, June 2012.

"Daniela Ruah was so wonderful during this photo shoot. She was very patient and happily waited for us to capture that perfect golden hour shot."— Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

Renée Felice-Smith sparkling on the red carpet

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Exclusive to CBS.com.

"Each year we get one shot of photographing our stars before the new TV season starts. It's pretty much a fire drill! Fast-paced photography on the red carpet that's over before you know it. And then walked in Renée Felice-Smith to our TCA photo booth in this amazing Bohemian look that made time stop. So poised, sweet and confident. Beautiful!" — Ed Mann, Creative Director

LL COOL J shining in the City of Light

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, December 2014.

"Few actors have that sense of presence off stage, that commands attention. LL COOL J is without a doubt, one of those stars. He simply captivated the streets of Paris, and our team." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Dynamic duo LL COOL and Chris O'Donnell doing what it takes to get the shot

Photography by Cliff Lipson. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, October 2009.

"This shot cracks me up. At the last minute there was a scheduling conflict and we could no longer shoot LL COOL J and Chris O'Donnell on the same day. What you see here is a cool composite after two days of shooting each actor separately—luckily both at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Talk about teamwork!" — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography


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Girl power

Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha at the GRAMMY Awards in 2018.

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

ARTIST: Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Bebe Rexha

SONG: "Praying"

YEAR: 2018

Kesha's autobiographical anthem hit a powerful note at the GRAMMY Awards® in 2018 as she and some of pop's best female vocalists delivered a spine-tingling rendition.

Watch the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Remember me

Photo Credit: Lester Cohen/Getty Images.

ARTIST: Kanye West

SONG: "Stronger" / "Hey Mama"

YEAR: 2008

Kanye West performed a rendition of "Stronger" with a rearranged "Hey Mama" in tribute of his late mother. A new hook—"Last night I saw you in my dreams/Now I can't wait to go to sleep"—helped make it one of the most affecting moments of his career, and of GRAMMYs history.

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Heart and soul

Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone at the GRAMMY Awards in 2005.

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ARTIST: Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone

SONG: "Cry Baby" / "Piece of My Heart"

YEAR: 2005

Joss Stone performed her half of this Janis Joplin tribute admirably, but Melissa Etheridge stunned audiences with her raw, uninhibited, and emotional rendition of "Piece of My Heart."

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Rock tribute

Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and Steven Van Zandt at the GRAMMY Awards in 2003.

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ARTIST: Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, and Steven Van Zandt

SONG: "London Calling"

YEAR: 2003

Four rock superstars—Steven Van Zandt, Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello—convened for a tribute to The Clash's late Joe Strummer.

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Dynamic duo

Elton John and Eminem at GRAMMY Awards in 2001.

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ARTIST: Elton John and Eminem

SONG: "Stan"

YEAR: 2001

As Eminem's star continued to rise, his controversial lyrics drew ire. Whether it was savvy marketing or true kinship, the rapper's poignant duet with Elton John made for can't-miss TV.

READ: 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominations: The Complete List Of Nominees

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Opera star

Aretha Franklin at the GRAMMY Awards in 1998.

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ARTIST: Aretha Franklin

SONG: "Nessun Dorma"

YEAR: 1998

A legendary musical moment from the GRAMMY Awards in 1998: Aretha Franklin stepped in for ill tenor Luciano Pavarotti and performed his famous aria "Nessun Dorma."

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Soy bomb

Bob Dylan at the GRAMMY Awards in 1998.

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ARTIST: Bob Dylan

SONG: "Love Sick"

YEAR: 1998

The Bard's dour blues-rock assumed an unexpected tone when one of his stage extras tore his shirt, lunged to the fore, and danced enthusiastically with "SOY BOMB" drawn in marker on his chest. All the better: a steely Bob Dylan ignored the interloper completely, dead focused on his somber song.

Watch the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Hit wonder

Stevie Wonder at the GRAMMY Awards in 1975.

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ARTIST: Stevie Wonder

SONG: "You Haven't Done Nothin'"

YEAR: 1975

Selecting Stevie Wonder's greatest GRAMMYs performance is a fool's errand—remember his 2014 superjam with Pharrell, Daft Punk, and Nile Rodgers?—but the politically aware funk song he performed is a worthy choice.

Watch the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Music maven

Bonnie Raitt at GRAMMY Awards in 1992.

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ARTIST: Bonnie Raitt

SONG: "I Can't Make You Love Me"

YEAR: 1992

Bonnie Raitt didn't have to make viewers love her. Her unadorned, quietly masterful performance—far from the gaudy spectacles that often dominate the GRAMMYs— earned accolades on its own.

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Dreamy duet

Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand at the GRAMMY Awards in 1980.

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ARTIST: Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand

SONG: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

YEAR: 1980

Undeniable energy crackled between the brilliant vocalists as they inched closer to one another throughout their sublime duet. Amazingly, it was the first time Babs and Neil performed the tune together.

SEE MORE PHOTOS: GRAMMY Music Legends We Are Still Grooving To

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Reporting by Mona Buehler

Favorite Place To Go

One of my favorite places in the world is the Amalfi Coast. We went there on our pre-honeymoon, and we were supposed to go there for four days, and then to Rome for four days. We ended up staying on the Amalfi Coast for seven days and spent just 13 hours in Rome because it was so stunning.


The Shoreline of the Amalfir Coast in Italy and Eric Christian Olsen and his wife Sarah Wright Olsen.\u200b

Italy's Amalfi Coast, known for its striking scenery and architecture. NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen and his wife, actress, and entrepreneur Sarah Wright Olsen.

Photo Credit: Buena Vista Images/Getty Images (Italy); Courtesy Eric Christian Olsen (Couple)

Amazing Hotel

Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi. Breathtaking hotel. Every morning I would get up, have a nice orange juice on the terrace, walk down, and go swimming in the Mediterranean. Then I would go back up and have breakfast, read the paper, and then go swimming [again].

A view of the ocean from poolside at the Hotel Santa Caterina.

Hotel Santa Caterina is run by the same family that opened it in 1880.

Photo Credit: Hotel Santa Caterina/The Leading Hotels of the World

Cool Amenity

I'm a big fan of showers and tubs. I need a great tub because we usually spend about 12 hours on our feet. Then I go home, grab that paper, crack open a nice bottle of wine, and sit in the tub and talk about what we saw that day.

An exotic bathtub with a view of verdant hills For an extra sumptuous soak, try a bathtub with a view.

Photo Credit: Vostok/Getty Images

Travel Must-Haves

I'm obsessed with travel because I think it's one of the most compelling ways to get perspective on life. I used to travel only with a

Lonely Planet guide. That's just how I traveled because I thought it was the best way to see the country. Instead of staying in really nice hotels, you just kind of find these nooks and crannies. My iPhone has made travel much easier.

A travel guide and an iPhone.

Ready for a trip? Take a cue from Eric Christian Olsen and read up on your destination.

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet


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