Daniela Ruah is one of the TV stars who keep you glued to the screen with her captivating performances. As a result of her prowess and performances, a slew of fans have gathered around her and we totally see why. Popular for portraying Special Agent Kensi Blye in the CBS series NCIS: Los Angeles, the actress is known for her robust TV career but her exploits are not limited to television. She has a few film projects under her name and has played several roles in Portuguese projects.
Beyond the actress you see on screen, there’s more to learn about Daniela. Here’s all you need to know about the actress, on and off the screen.
Daniela Ruah’s Background Information
She was born on 2nd December in 1983 and though her birth took place in Boston, Massachusetts, the United States of America, she only spent the first five years of her life there at the time. At the age of five, Daniela’s Portuguese-born Jewish parents – Katharina Lia Azancot Korn (mother) and Moisés Carlos Bentes Ruah (father), moved the family back to their home country of Portugal. While her mother is an otologist, her father is an ENT surgeon. Tracing her origin reveals she’s of Sephardic Jewish and Ashkenazi Jewish descent; her father is of Portuguese-Moroccan Jewish ancestry and her mother’s family who immigrated to Portugal were Russian-Ukrainian Jews.
Back to Portugal, she attended St Julian’s School in Carcavelos, near Lisbon where her acting career took off. She landed her first acting role at age 16 where she portrayed Sara on the soap opera Jardins Proibidos (Forbidden Gardens), and she continued acting until her graduation from high school after which she would move to England for higher education.
Daniela earned a Bachelor of Arts, graduating with First Class honours in performing arts from London Metropolitan University after which she returned to Portugal where she continued acting. She participated in and won a Portuguese-television dance competition, Dança Comigo (the Portuguese version of Dancing with the Stars) in 2006.
In 2007, she moved to New York City to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She is currently starring in the popular CBS TV show NCIS: Los Angeles.
Daniela Ruah’s Fact Sheet
Career Exploits And Claim To Fame
She officially launched her acting career in high school and has subsequently grown to be recognised among the popular actresses in America and Portugal (mainly in telenovelas) as well. Her claim to fame began when she started starring in the CBS TV series NCIS: Los Angeles as special agent Kensi Blye. The series premiered on September 22, 2009. She was a guest star as her character on the series Hawaii Five-0.
Extending her craft to the theatre, the actress joined the cast of David Auburn’s dramatic play Proof at Los Angeles’ Hayworth Theatre in 2013. Her television credits also include a hosting gig on the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, alongside Catarina Furtado, Sílvia Alberto and Filomena Cautela.
Over time, she has built an estimated net worth of $7 million and still going strong in her craft.
Who Is Daniela Ruah’s Husband?
Daniela has been on the set of NCIS for nine years, starting from 2009. Therein, she turned 25 and is now well into her 30’s and has had a lot of beautiful things happen in her life in these years. Interestingly, her NCIS costar Eric Christian Olsen played a matchmaker in real life between his brother, David and Daniela. Apparently, the love bloomed to the peak and Daniela is now David Paul Olsen’s wife.
Her husband is the elder brother and stunt double of Eric and he is well known as a stuntman and actor with notable works in films and shows like NCIS: Los Angeles, Swiss Army Man, G-Force, Aquarius, General Hospital and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen to his credit.
The couple has a son, River Ruah Olsen, who was born on December 30, 2013, six months prior to their nuptials on June 17, 2014. Their second child, a daughter named Sierra Esther Ruah Olsen, joined the family on September 4, 2016.
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Daniela Ruah Got Married in an Interfaith Ceremony
Daniela and her husband David are from Jewish and Lutheran backgrounds respectively. Nevertheless, that did not in any way affect their commitment to each other or pose a barrier to their wedding. They tied the knot in an interfaith ceremony in Portugal.
The marriage rites were performed by the fathers of the couple. David’s father recited the homily as he is ordained, but because Daniela’s dad isn’t a rabbi, a minyan (quorum of ten Jewish adults required for certain religious obligations) validated his role. The intimate ceremony took place under a chuppah which is a canopy used for Jewish marriage ceremonies. To also identify with her side, they had the wine ceremony and drank out of the Kiddush cup.
One Of Her Eyes Is One Of A Kind
Daniela was born with an unusual birthmark in her right eye while the other eye is hazel. This trait is known as nevus of Ota, also known as congenital melanosis bulbi or oculodermal melanocytosis. It is hyperpigmentation which covers the white part of the eye (sclera) but not the iris. Consequently, the eye appears darkened when others look at it but doesn’t affect vision.