People who, by virtue of their skills and achievements, hold our eyes to our screens whenever they appear, certainly deserve to be read about and learn more about them. One such phenomenal person is Daniela Ruah, known for her portrayal of Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles. Here’s everything you need to know about her.
Daniela Ruah Bio
Daniela was born on 2 December 1983 to Jewish parents of Portuguese origin in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, where she lived until the age of five. Her mother Katharina Lia Azancot Korn is an otologist, while her father Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah is an ENT surgeon. She is of Sephardic Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish descent; her father is of Portuguese-Moroccan Jewish descent, and her mother’s family, who immigrated to Portugal, were Russian-Ukrainian Jews.
Her family moved back to Portugal when she was very young, and there she attended St. Julian’s School in Carcavelos near Lisbon, where her acting career began. She was given her first acting role at the age of 16, in which she impersonated Sara in the soap opera Jardins Proibidos (Forbidden Gardens), and she continued to act until her A-levels when she moved to England to study at university.
Daniela earned a Bachelor of Arts and graduated with honors in performing arts from London Metropolitan University. Afterward, she returned to Portugal where she continued her acting career. In 2006, she participated in and won a dance competition of the Portuguese television Dança Comigo (the Portuguese version of Dança Comigo – Dancing with the Stars).
In 2007 she moved to New York City to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She currently plays the lead role in the popular CBS television show NCIS: Los Angeles.
Who Is Daniela Ruah’s Husband? – David Olsen
Daniela has been with NCIS for nine years since 2009. She turned 25 and is now well over 30 years old and has experienced many wonderful things in her life during these years. She plays the leading role opposite Eric Christian Olsen, who in real life played a matchmaker between his brother David and co-star Daniela.
She is married to David Paul Olsen, who is the older brother and stunt double of Eric. David is known as a stuntman and actor with notable works such as NCIS: Los Angeles, Swiss Army Man, G-Force, Aquarius, General Hospital, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in his honor.
The couple had a son, River Ruah Olsen, born on December 30, 2013, six months before their wedding on June 17, 2014, and their first daughter and second child, Sierra Esther Ruah Olsen, were born on September 4, 2016.
Everything You Must Know About Her
She began her acting career at the age of 16 and later she became one of the most popular actresses in America and Portugal (mainly in telenovelas). Her claim to fame began when she appeared on the CBS television series NCIS: Los Angeles as Special Agent Kensi Blye. The series premiered on September 22, 2009. She was a guest star as her character in the series Hawaii Five-0.
Daniela Ruah was cast in David Auburn’s dramatic play Proof at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. Her television appearances include a guest appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, alongside Catarina Furtado, Sílvia Alberto, and Filomena Cautela.
Her Eye Is One Of a Kind
Daniela has an unusual birthmark on her right eye as her trademark, while the other eye is hazel brown. This feature is known as the nevus of Ota, also known as congenital melanosis bulbi or oculodermal melanocytosis. It is hyperpigmentation that covers the white part of the eye (sclera) but not the iris. As a result, the eye appears darkened when others look at it but does not impair vision.
Daniela Ruah Married in an Interfaith Ceremony
While Daniela is Jewish, her husband is David Lutheran. However, this in no way affected their bond with each other or was an obstacle to their marriage. They made the bond of marriage in an interreligious ceremony in Portugal.
The wedding ceremony was performed by their fathers. David’s father was ordained and recited the sermon, but their father is not a rabbi, although with a minyan (quorum of ten Jewish adults required for certain religious obligations) his role was validated. They married under a chuppah (a canopy under which Jewish wedding ceremonies are performed), had the wine ceremony, and drank from the Kiddush cup.
Social Media Presence
Daniela is not only known by her screen audience but is also present on social media platforms with a large number of followers. Her Instagram account boasts 828,000 followers, while more than 430,000 keep up with her on Twitter.
Her Net Worth
Daniela Ruah has estimated net assets of $7 million.