Barrett Foa has been away from NCIS: LA for quite some time, but the character will soon return to the CBS series. Though fans may have missed Eric Beale in the time since the character took another job and has been out of contact with the team, they might be happy to know that Foa has missed his character since he stepped away from the long-running series to do a production of Angels In America in St. Louis.
Barrett Foa recently spoke about NCIS: Los Angeles' team allowing his time away to do the play, which is not a common thing contracted actors are typically allowed to do. CBS could've strong-armed Foa into flying back and forth between the show's set and his theater production -- and the actor recently admitted, ahead of his return in the Season 11 midseason finale, that was on the table for a brief moment.
According to Barrett Foa, Angels in America is a 7-hour two-part play. If he had to put on such a labor-intensive play and then hop on a flight to appear on NCIS: Los Angeles, it's fair to say his description of being a "shell of a human being," would've been accurate. Beyond that, Foa wouldn't have gotten the time to miss Eric Beale, and may have even detested the character due to chronic jet-lag.
Luckily, Barrett Foa was able to take the time off, which set the stage for what will be a big comeback for the character in the midseason finale of NCIS: Los Angeles. "Kill Beale: Vol 1" will show the character reunite with the team after weeks of no contact. As the title may have tipped some off, it won't be on ideal terms as the team will have to rescue him from a kidnapping. Foa told Parade about what's going through Eric's head and his hopes for the character going forward.
Barrett Foa said Eric is rethinking major life choices, which could hint to some potential heartbreak with Nell. The two haven't been able to keep in contact due to the nature of his job, so some tension there can be expected. Foa didn't say if the two will be on the outs, but did tease the changes in Eric will cause a ripple effect that will impact the rest of Season 11.
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