Popular across several generations for his music, and later for his forays into acting, LL Cool J plays Special Agent Sam Hanna in CBS’ popular entry in the NCIS franchise, NCIS: Los Angeles, which is currently airing its seventh season Mondays. The actor has won four NAACP Image Awards for his portrayal of Hanna, out of six nominations.
We recently caught up with LL Cool J at a CBS party at the Television Critics Association Press Tour and asked him our “5 Questions”:
- How do you watch TV? Do you have cable, satellite, any home theater setup?
I do it all. I do watch satellite, I do cable. I do a lot of DVR-ing, and then I stream. I’m all over streaming. I do a lot of streaming, whether it’s Hulu or one of the other companies. Even YouTube. Netflix. … I got a really cool home theater. The curtains open, the whole bit. It’s like an old-school movie theater. It’s great. I’ve got these old, ancient Chinese doors on it. It’s cool. I love entertainment.
- Have you ever been starstruck by anybody?
Yeah. I was excited to see Meryl Streep. I think Meryl Streep is amazing. I think Susan Sarandon is amazing. There are a few people who always impressed me. Like, working with Al Pacino was great. Robert De Niro, who I know pretty well — we did a film together, but then we hung out on a couple of occasions and went out to dinner and stuff. I consider him a friend, but at the same time I’m still very impressed by his career.
- Do you have a favorite sports team?
It’s funny. I’m really a boxing fan, but I like the Yankees, the Giants. I’m a New Yorker. Between the Rangers and the Islanders, I kind of go back and forth. I kind of lean Rangers, and I do like the Islanders a little bit. Now I’m also a fan of the new NYCFC, New York City Football Club, which is really cool. I went to my first game recently at the stadium. That was crazy.
- If your refrigerator or pantry could only have three food items, what would those be?
Protein, vegetables and carbs.
- Do you have any pets?
Absolutely. I have a bearded dragon lizard, and I have two Wheaten terriers.
NCIS: Los Angeles is airing its seventh season Mondays at 10pm ET on CBS.
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