WATCH Magazine: October 2022: 60 Minutes

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Noah Mills’ Boarding School How the NCIS: Hawai‘i star learned to embrace life’s challenges through his love of surfing BY OLIVER JONES

With NCIS: Hawai‘i —the fourth in the NCIS franchise and one of the most-watched new broadcast shows of last year—returning for a second season this month, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to beat it. (Mills regularly pesters

NCIS: HAWAI‘I airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount +

the writing staff to give Jesse more chances to hang 10.) Rarely has an actor’s deeply ingrained obsession melded so neatly with their day job. “As you get older, the outdoor things that you do—those wild and unpre- dictable experiences that made you feel so alive when you were growing up—they become fewer and fewer,” says Mills. “They get replaced with going to the gym, going for a run or hike, and maybe a yoga class. Surfing is still very raw and adventurous. No matter how long you do it, it’s always mixed with fear. There is just this whole process to it that keeps surfing deeply entertaining and incredibly challenging.” For Mills, who has spent much of his career as an in-demand model ( Vogue once named the 6’2”, hazel-eyed Mills one of the Top 10 male models of all time), hitting the

N OAH MILLS HAD THE DATE circled on his calendar, ever since he got his dream gig play- ing Jesse, the second-in-com- mand on NCIS: Hawai‘i . But when the day arrived to shoot the much-anticipated third episode, Mills’ nerves kicked in. During the episode, Jesse teams up with rookie agent Kai (Alex Tarrant) to infiltrate a surf- ing gang, a gambit that requires the pair to surf the often-unpredictable breaks on Oahu’s westside, near Ma’ili Point. “I had been thinking that this is a big TV show on

CBS and that they were just going to put me on a little wave,” says Mills, who grew up in Baltimore but developed a passion for surf- ing at age 12, when his family spent a year in Australia. “Then I got to the beach where we were shooting, and no, these waves were for real. So there was this moment of trepidation, but once I got out there, I didn’t want to come back in. They were like, ‘No, we’re paying everybody, and you need to wrap it up.’” Adds Mills: “It was the single best working day of my life. It’s going to be a hard one to top.”

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