The actress opened up to The Daily Express US about leaving her role in the popular procedural and her other hit show The Chosen.
Yasmine Al-Bustami, an actress, has provided an explanation for her absence from the popular US television program NCIS: Hawai’i, claiming that she has been working on other projects.
On the CBS show, which is shot on location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and stars Yasmine as Lucy Tara, devoted viewers may have noticed that her role initially took a backseat before disappearing entirely from later episodes.
The actress, who is best known for her work on The Originals and I Ship It, revealed to The Daily Express US that she had moved back to the US mainland in order to spend more time with her friends and family, travel, and attend to some other professional obligations.
Yasmine also made time to appear in The Chosen, a historical drama that centers on the life of Jesus (played by Jonathan Roumie), during that time.
In the drama, Yasmine plays Ramah, the daughter of a wine merchant who follows Jesus after seeing him perform a miracle at a wedding. The action takes place in Roman-occupied Israel during the first century.
She is currently working on season four of the show in her native Texas, which is shot close to Dallas and is anticipated to premiere at some point in 2024.
Yasmine compared NCIS: Hawai’i to The Chosen in an exclusive interview with The Daily Express US. It’s very distinctive. It’s a totally different world from anything I’ve ever experienced.
“I’ve never participated in a historical production; I had no idea how much I would enjoy it and how much fun it would be, especially with a tale like this.
“It’s been an experience that I just wasn’t expecting, and it’s definitely… from Texas, Dallas, to be able to work from home, so it’s always nice to get home.
“Getting to work those muscles was very different because the character is obviously very different from the one on NCIS: Hawai’i.”
“With NCIS: Hawai’i, the stunts are really fun, and obviously Ramah doesn’t have much on this,” the actress continued. “But even the supporting characters around me are also very different types, and the storylines are also very different.”
The actress continued by discussing how she managed to balance filming for NCIS: Hawai’i and The Chosen. “I tried, I hope it worked,” she said. But there was a lot of communication going on, and everyone was trying to make things work, so I’m grateful that it did and that this story is working out.
Yasmine expressed optimism about The Chosen fans’ reaction to Ramah. I hope things keep going well because so far, so good. Everyone is so encouraging. There is only grace, kindness, and a lot of support whenever anyone approaches or expresses their thoughts about the character or the show itself.
Yasmine’s return to the action procedural hasn’t been announced yet, but it seems the star will be juggling both projects. Yasmine joined NCIS Hawai’i and The Chosen at the same time they were both becoming successful in their own right.
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