Renee Felice Smith and an illustration of Long Island.
Paul Archuleta/Getty Images (Smith); Gary Hovland (Illustration)

The NCIS: Los Angeles star is in a New York state of mind.

By Yolanda Crous

It's been seven seasons since Renée Felice Smith debuted as fan favorite Nell Jones on CBS's hit drama series NCIS: Los Angeles. But no matter how much time she spends in La-La Land, she'll always be a Long Islander at heart.

"I was born in a snowstorm, and I miss the cold weather. I'm a coat, scarf, hat girl. When I try to do that in L.A., it's just... sweaty," she says. Smith grew up in Patchogue, on the south shore, so she has strong roots and even stronger opinions about the best spots to hit up the next time you're in her New York neighborhood.

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