Congratulations are in order for veteran actress Nia Long who has just been added to the cast of the hit show NCIS: Los Angeles as a Series Regular. Kudos girl!
Long will play Shay Mosely, the team’s new executive assistant director. The character will fill the void left by the death of NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger, played on the show for five seasons by the late Miguel Ferrer, who died in January. As a former Secret Service agent now working for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Mosely is an experienced Washington insider who brings an East Coast style and demeanor to the West Coast team.
According to Deadline.com,
“The character was created specifically for Nia to capitalize on her strengths and personality and we are excited about the new opportunities and dynamics she brings to the show,” said NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer/showrunner R. Scott Gemmill. “We couldn’t be happier to have her join our family.”
I think a role like this one would not only diversify her resume but also be a great stepping stone in her already stellar career. One of Nia Long’s most recent roles was on Fox hit show “Empire” as Giuliana (Giusi), a queenpin who runs a club in Las Vegas and makes brash moves in the gangster underworld of New York to secure a deal with Empire. Sleek, sexy, and cold-blooded, she rubs elbows with Lucious (Terrence Howard) and goes toe-to-toe with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) even as she reckons with her own mysterious past. I think that role was one of the darkest I had ever seen her play and I hated her character so much for being such a royal b**ch that I applauded Long for being the actress who made me feel some type of way about her.
I think NCIS: LA is a definite good luck and I can’t wait to see what kind of edge she brings to the team.
By Monique C. Tillman