NCIS' Sean Murray was "flustered" while working with real-life daughter

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NCIS star Sean Murray has opened up about working with his real-life daughter on the show.

The actor, famous for playing Senior Field Agent Timothy McGee on the procedural, appeared opposite his actual daughter Cay Ryan Murray in a season 19 episode last year.

Speaking in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murray called the experience "so cool on so many levels", though when it came to filming it all proved a bit overwhelming.

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"One of the first things we did at the show, we had a picture of my daughter up on the plasma screen in the squad room and we're talking about her being a potential suspect and da da da," he recalled.

"And I remember that as soon as we started filming that scene and that picture went up on the plasma screen, my brain went into this sort of, not panic, but it didn't know what to do. I guess I didn't realize how much I kind of compartmentalized work and home. And so all of a sudden, my home life sort of being at work, it flustered me just seeing a picture of her."

Reflecting further on how the paternal nature came through on screen, Murray added: "That was easy to do, obviously. One of the things I was worried about was the chaos of people on set, everyone coming up, giving you direction, so many different things.

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"I was like: 'Oh, man, I hope she doesn't get overwhelmed', and Cay took it like a champ. She was a total pro. I'm like: 'I wish I was as cool as she is' because she handled it so well. I'm so proud. It's hard to… I'll get choked up."

He further sweetly reflected: "I will always have a piece of film — or digital video — of my daughter and I both doing what we love together on screen. So that's something that will always be there, and I'll always be thankful for that."

In other news, NCIS – which is currently in its 20th season – was recently renewed alongside sister show NCIS: Hawai'i.

NCIS airs on CBS in the US. Seasons 1-19 are streaming on Disney+ in the UK.

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