While the economy may be taking a toll on the workforce, actor Rocky Caroll is counting his blessings. He plays NCIS director Leon Vance on CBS'NCIS and its new hit spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles — and he's definitely not complaining.
"There is no worse sound in the world than a working actor complaining," he tells In Touch. "If you happen to come across an out-of-work actor who is struggling, the first thing they say to me is, 'I can't get work and you have two gigs?' But that is the nature of the business and acting — you spend the bulk of your career looking for work, and usually more time looking than actually working. It's feast or famine. It's either waiting for your agent to call or explaining to people what it's like to have two gigs."
With NCIS: Los Angeles continually building its audience, Rocky is thrilled his character got to make the crossover as were his cast mates — well, sort of. "When we were told the network wanted to a spin-off, the rest of the cast were like, 'Oh, so Rocky gets two shows, as there is only one director of NCIS?' I hadn't even thought about it so I guess the upside is that because there is only one federal agency of NCIS, it worked out pretty good for me," he laughs.
For Rocky, another major perk to his NCIS gigs is being reunited with old friend and former Chicago Hope co-star Mark Harmon. "My running joke on Chicago Hope was I want it in my contract that wherever Mark goes, I go! And it seems to be the case," he jokes. "He's very cool. I started working on NCIS at the end of season five, and I said if you only know one person on a show, it best be the star of that show."
While it's obvious Rocky loves working on both NCIS shows, don't ask him which of the two he prefers. "It's a little too soon to tell," he reveals, adding, "It's kind of like asking which of your kids you prefer."
NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles air on Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on CBS.