NCIS: Los Angeles' Chris O'Donnell Tees Up For A Playful Photo Shoot

We'd hit the links with this handsome lad any day

We'd hit the links with this handsome lad any day

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Since first playing Special Agent "G" Callen in 2009, Chris O'Donnell has wowed fans with his character's undercover transformations on NCIS: Los Angeles. When not infiltrating the criminal underworld to protect national interests, Chris O'Donnell tees up with his favorite clubs (and cool golf clothes from his brother's company, Johnnie-O) for a Watch photo and cover shoot for our May-June 2018 issue.

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Photographer David Needleman captured the CBS star on location at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Scroll for a look back at these playful photos—including web-exclusive bonus images—plus learn fun facts and interview tidbits about Chris O'Donnell.

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Good guys finish first

Good guys finish first

Joel Schumacher, who directed Chris O'Donnell in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, has said: "The terrible dark scandal about Chris O'Donnell is that there is no terrible dark scandal."

Photography by David Needleman.

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Down to earth

Down to earth

Being seduced by the bright lights of Hollywood wasn't a risk for Chris O'Donnell. "As far as letting it go to my head, or getting caught up, that was never me," he says. "Running around L.A. clubs just wasn't my scene."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Family first

Family first

Working close to home comes in handy for Chris O'Donnell. On filming NCIS: Los Angeles he says, "I come to this place everyday for therapy to get things out of my system. I love to do it. It also gives me the opportunity to be in Los Angeles with my family."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Far from home

Far from home

Fun fact: Chris O'Donnell grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, where he was the youngest of seven children.

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Growing pains

Growing pains

On his adolescent years, the actor admits, "I was a smartass. I grew up with a tight pack of buddies, and all we ever did was constantly screw with each other."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Big break

Big break

O'Donnell's first major role was alongside Jessica Lange in Men Don't Leave in 1990. He would later appear in many major films from 1990-1996, starring alongside celebs like Charlie Sheen, Al Pacino, and Sandra Bullock.

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Star power

Star power

Fun fact: O'Donnell began modeling at the age of 13 and recalls appearing in an advertisement for McDonald's alongside Michael Jordan.

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now Paramount+.
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No regrets

No regrets

Although many people attach the actor to his role in the Batman films, Chris O'Donnell has learned to embrace his past. "For a lot of people I will always be Robin, and that's good and bad, but I wouldn't trade it."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Strength in numbers

Strength in numbers

During his move to the small-screen, the CBS star relied on his wife and kids to get him through. "I don't know what I would've done if I hadn't had a really strong family," he shares. "Not only to support me, but giving me the drive to figure something out knowing that I've got people to support as well."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Never stop moving

Never stop moving

While O'Donnell tries not to be too busy, he is also realistic about his life: "I kid about it, but this is the rush hour of life, where your professional and your personal life are peaking."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Stretch your limits

Stretch your limits

O'Donnell has directed a handful of episodes for NCIS: Los Angeles but says that the job is "really exhausting" and that directing one episode wears him out for about a month. 

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Good vibes required

Good vibes required

There's no room for negativity on NCIS: Los Angeles, according to Chris O'Donnell. "We've kept a good energy on set. If somebody has bad energy, they don't stick around very long."

Photography by David Needleman. 

Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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Thank your lucky stars

Thank your lucky stars

Genuine gratitude hasn't escaped Chris O'Donnell either. "The show could not have come at a better time in my life, having five young kids in school," he says. "I did have an enormous amount of success right out of the gate, which probably made me take things for granted. But then I went through lows, [and] when I got another chance, I appreciated it so much more."

Photography by David Needleman. 

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Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles premieres on Sunday, October 10 at 9/8c on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+.
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