Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to visit the set of NCIS: Los Angeles, where I met Eric Christian Olsen and talked to him about our charity efforts to support Pets of the Homeless. After confirming that Pets of the Homeless wasn’t a front for “Chechen terrorists,” Eric signed some photos from “Expiration Date” of himself and Ernie Reyes, Jr. Special thanks also go out to Ernie for signing the pics, making for a pretty special NCIS:LA souvenir for some future contributors to our campaign.
Eric expressed his disappointment that Thapa had been killed off, and talked about how well Ernie had handled a difficult role, filled with tough lines to deliver. He pointed out that Deeks wouldn’t have been able to get away with a line like, “Look for me in smiles,” but Ernie made it work.
I gave him a packet of information about Pets of the Homeless, including their annual report and info on their Reading for Scruffy (yes, really!) program for elementary school students. I told him about our progress so far, and we discussed the pros and cons of auctioning versus raffling items for charity. We are so grateful for his support, and that he took the time to talk to me about it all was both surreal and well, pretty awesome.
As the only wikiDeeks contributor who lives in Los Angeles, I cannot believe how lucky I was to be able to have this opportunity. Thanks to Eric and our friend, John Scott Mills, for supporting our efforts to help Pets of the Homeless. Remember, it’s not too late to enter our drawing for an autographed photo. If you follow the directions on our charity page, you’ll make a card we’ll send to Eric once we meet our goal. If you don’t win this drawing, you’ll stay entered to win future ones, so there’s no need to wait!