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Why Jesse Boon From NCIS: Hawaii Looks So Familiar

Every ace crime solver — or team of them — needs a dependable Number Two. 

On the new CBS procedural "NCIS: Hawai'i," that Watson role falls to Jesse Boone, a former Washington D.C. homicide detective who now serves as second-in-command at NCIS: Pearl Harbor. Boone serves as a confidant to station chief Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey), the first female station-chief in NCIS: Pearl Harbor's history. The character is described by Variety as "a devoted family man who runs 4-H camping trips for his kid" and "knows every nook and cranny of the island's hiking trails." He seems like a useful guy to have around. 

Likewise, Noah Mills is the sort of actor with a resume that has set him up well for a star turn in the latest "NCIS" spinoff. He's served as a utility role player on a number of series with military and national security themes, playing a combat medic, an FBI agent, and a super soldier, to name a few. Here are some places you might recognize him from.

Noah Mills played quite a catch on Sex and the City 2

Noah Mills first rose to prominence not as an actor, but as a model, appearing in a number of campaigns for prestigious brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Michael Kors, according to Models.com. It was that work that got him his first acting role, playing Nicky Marentino in 2010's "Sex and the City 2."

Nicky is the brother of longtime "Sex and the City" supporting player Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone), whose wedding to his new husband Stanford (Willie Garson) kicks off the second "Sex and the City" film. In a movie where three of the show's central quartet, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), are figuring out how to balance being wives and/or mothers with their goals and desires in life, Nicky becomes a statement of where Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is at the moment — when she meets him at the wedding and soon finds herself sleeping with him, the brother of the groom with male model looks.

As Mills told MTV News, "You'll see, sort of a quick, people say 'love interest.' I'm not sure that love explains their relationship but I definitely have a little moment with her."

Noah Mills played a combat medic on The Brave

Even after landing small parts like his "Sex and the City 2" role or a brief stint on "2 Broke Girls" as a philandering love interest of Max (Kat Dennings), Noah Mills was hooked by the possibility of acting. As he told VMan Magazine in September of 2021, "When I went into acting school, it was such a therapeutic and psychological environment that I had never been in. The introduction to acting was cathartic but very potent. I think it was sort of natural for me to tap into."

After doing some short films in the middle part of the decade, Mills landed a regular role on the 2017 NBC military action-drama "The Brave," about an elite Defense Intelligence Agency team travelling around the world saving innocent lives. Mills played combat medic Sergeant Joseph McGuire, a member of a team led by Captain Adam Dalton (Tom Vogel) and coordinated by DIA Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche).

Unfortunately, "The Brave" received mixed reviews from critics –– a 54 out of 100 on Metacritic –– and was cancelled by NBC after just one season.

Noah Mills battled terrorist plots on The Enemy Within

In 2019, Noah Mills found himself back in the fictional intelligence business when he took a supporting part in another NBC drama, the spy thriller "The Enemy Within."

As in "The Brave," Mills' Jason Bragg –– an Army Ranger turned FBI agent –– was another tough guy supporting the team's leads, in this case the FBI's Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) and CIA's Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter), who had been accused of treason after turning over the names of operatives to a rogue Russian terrorist in order to save her daughter. His and the team's attentions are split by having to thwart the individual plots being thrown at them while also pursuing the big bad, something Mills said appealed to him about coming onboard "The Enemy Within."

"I've worked on shows before which are more singular, like the episode's just the episode and it kind of wraps up at the end and I really like this one because they carry the storyline, the villain that we're chasing throughout the whole series," Mills told Cheddar News in an interview.

Despite the cliffhangers which "The Enemy Within" presented, the overall reception wasn't good enough for NBC to move forward with it for a second season.

Noah Mills smashed flags on Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

After a pair of shows as globe-trotting good guys, Noah Mills found a gig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that saw him play on the other side of an international conspiracy, when he joined the 2021 series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" as a Flag Smasher named Nico. Like the other Flag Smashers, Nico is intensely loyal to Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), though he does begin to question some of her increasingly violent methods and decisions as the series progresses. 

In one memorable moment, he tells Karli he used to idolize Steve Rogers' Captain America. However, Nico is best-known for how he exited the series – staring up at John Walker's (Wyatt Russell) Captain America, pleading with him to spare his life. 

Nico is among the group of Flag Smashers confronted by Walker and Battlestar (Clé Bennett) in Latvia. After Karli accidentally kills Battlestar in the confrontation, Walker's rage leads him to subdue Nico and murder him with the iconic shield, in full view of a crowd of bystanders filming the incident. This directly leads to Walker finally being taken down by Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), followed by Walker's censure by the U.S. government. It's safe to say that Nico is probably not going to make a return appearance in the upcoming Mackie-starring "Captain America 4."