‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: How Did Chris O’Donnell Meet His Wife Caroline Fentress?

Chris O’Donnell currently stars on “NCIS: Los Angeles” as agent G. Callen. The actor is known for appearing in many hit movies and television shows. However, he also has an important job as a father and husband. How did O’Donnell meet his wife, Caroline Fentress? Here’s everything Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows.

How long Chris O’Donnell has been on ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

Chris O'Donnell and Caroline Fentress |  Mathew Imaging/WireImage
Chris O’Donnell and Caroline Fentress | Mathew Imaging/WireImage

Chris O’Donnell has been on “NCIS: Los Angeles” since the show started back in 2009. His first appearance was on an episode titled “Identity.”

Chris O’Donnell explains how he manages five kids

O’Donnell and Fentress are the proud parents of five children. How does he handle such a big family? During his interview with “New York Live,” he revealed how he’s able to keep it together. “I’ve got a great wife, and we have a pretty good nanny situation. It helps. We had to outsource at a certain point,” O’Donnell said. The actor is one of seven children, so having a big family was likely a natural choice for him.

How did Chris O’Donnell and Caroline Fentress meet?

Chris O'Donnell and Caroline Fentress |  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon
Chris O’Donnell and Caroline Fentress | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon

O’Donnell told “Redbook” he met his wife, whom he married in 1996, through her brother. He used to live in the same building as Fentress’ brother, and they met when she came over to visit. Here’s what O’Donnell says about their meeting:

I lived in the same building as her brother Andrew. She came to visit, and we had a little smooch. I knew there was something special about her from that moment, but we didn’t see each other again for three years.

One night I was out with Andrew and said, ‘What is that little sister of yours up to? Let’s give her a call.’ So, we did, and she was like, ‘Why are you calling me?’ I didn’t really know why, except that I had never forgotten her. And we started talking…. We dated for three years and got married when I was 26. I was in the right place earlier than I thought. I would think to myself, ‘Could I imagine not marrying her?’ And there was just no way.

O’Donnell said he had a big reaction after he first kissed Fentress for the first time. He enjoyed the kiss, but was afraid of what her brother would think. “The first time I kissed her, I was like, ‘Wow,’” he said. “But she was the sister of a good friend, so my next thought was, ‘Oh, God — Andrew’s going to be really pissed off!’”

Chris O’Donnell says family is more important than fame

Chris O'Donnell with his family | JB Lacroix/WireImage
Chris O’Donnell with his family | JB Lacroix/WireImage

During his “Redbook” interview, O’Donnell says he had a choice to make when his career was getting hot. He could either choose to continue on the fast track to fame and make blockbuster films or he could settle down and focus on family life. O’Donnell says he chose the latter because of the way he grew up. “I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes,” said O’Donnell. I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn’t have gotten married.”