“Equal Footing”: ‘NCIS’ Star Maria Bello On What It's Like To Work With Co-Star Mark Harmon

Date July 3, 2019

Actress Maria Bello is opening up on working with fellow co-star Mark Harmon the famous Agent Gibbs on CBS drama series NCIS. Maria and Mark have developed a bond over the years of working together on the show. What was their relationship like?


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Joining the cast of NCIS

Back in 2017, Maria Bello joined the long-running TV series in the 15th season as Agent Gibbs' new partner. The actress played the role of Special Agent Jack Sloane whose character has been described as "a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic."


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Maria talks about Harmon

Sean Murray isn’t the only one spilling the beans on what it’s like to work with fellow co-star Mark Harmon. Actress Maria Bello is also dishing on her experience working with the famous Agent Gibbs.


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The actress opened up on how being on “equal footing” with her co-star was important. Maria revealed that it was Agent Sloane’s "position of power and respect" in the show that convinced her to join the cast saying:


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What I really liked about Jack Sloane was that she was on equal footing with Gibbs, that she didn't work for him, he doesn't work for her.

Speaking to Digital Spy on the possibility of her character Agent Sloane being on an "equal footing" with Mark, Maria said:


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For me, especially the age I am and being a woman, I wanted to make sure that I portrayed a character who was in a position of power and respect.

Sean Murray can't stop gushing about Agent Gibbs

Actors Sean Murray and Mark Harmon have been together on the CBS series for over a decade. He confesses that NCIS would never be so successful if it wasn't for Mark’s impeccable acting. The actor adds that "Harmon is a very special individual." And he truly admires Mark Harmon's acting skills and talent.

“Equal Footing”: ‘NCIS’ Star Maria Bello On What It's Like To Work With Co-Star Mark Harmon© NCIS (2003) / CBS

Now, we understand why so many people love and watch NCIS for all these years. The show has become one of the best TV series for us.