'NCIS' Love Story Bears Uncanny Similarities to Michael Weatherly's Real Life

by Raphael Chestang 3:39 PM PST, November 10, 2015
Playing 'NCIS' Love Story Bears Uncanny Similarities to Michael Weatherly's Real Life

Tony DiNozzo's old flame, Jeanne Benoit, returns to NCIS tonight, which raises one big burning question: Will they rekindle the magic? Well, who better to ask than the stars themselves.

"Ladies and gentlemen, may I re-introduce to you, Jeanne Benoit, portrayed by the inner illuminated and beautiful Scottie Thompson," Michael Weatherly told ET during a trip to the NCIS set. "How exciting is this!"

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"It is so good to be back," Thompson chimed in. "It's like I was never gone. It's like walking back into the same family again."

For the mini-reunion, DiNozzo (Weatherly) still carries a torch for Benoit (Thompson), but there's a huge hurdle -- she's married. When Benoit shows up in need, DiNozzo tries to set aside his feelings and offers his assistance in tracking down her missing husband.

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"Tony DiNozzo is still in love with Jeanne Benoit," Weatherly said. "I think that's pretty clear."

What's not so clear is whether the NCIS storyline is art imitating life or vice versa. Weatherly explained that the episode bears uncanny similarities to his real life.

"[Benoit] is a doctor," Weatherly said. "After season four, where Tony DiNozzo fell in love with a doctor, I went on hiatus and fell in love with a doctor. In real life, I am now married to that doctor. We have two children and we're very happy and so this is a strange rewind for me too, because I went home last night and I said to my wife, 'Hey! Remember when I told you about that story arc eight years ago? It's back.'"

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The actor wed Dr. Bojana Jankovic on Sept. 30, 2009, and are parents to three-year-old daughter Olivia and two-year-old son Liam.

New episodes of NCIS air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.