NCIS: Los Angeles introduced fans to a young version of Callen in season 12, episode 9 but just who plays Young Callen in the flashback scenes?

Since NCIS: Los Angeles began airing on CBS in 2009, Chris O’Donnell’s Callen has appeared in every single episode.

However, there is still much we don’t know about his character, something which is rectified through the use of flashbacks.

In season 12, episode 9, fans were treated to another of these flashback scenes where Callen was played by another actor.

But just who plays Young Callen in season 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles?

NCIS: Los Angeles season 12, episode 9

Season 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles continued on January 17th with episode 9, titled A Fait Accompli.

The stakes are high for the NCIS team as they’re tasked with tracking down an organized crime boss who is attempting to purchase stolen defense tech.

Meanwhile, Callen is preparing to ask Anna the ultimate question and is planning to surprise her while she’s supposedly away at work.

However, it’s revealed that everything Anna had told Callen about the Rebuild U.S. project was a lie.


Who plays Young Callen?

  • Young Callen is played by Johnny Jay Lee.

Johnny Jay Lee makes his NCIS: Los Angeles debut in several flashback scenes in season 12, episode 9.

While present-day Callen is preparing to pop the question to Anna, we see one of Callen’s early relationships, with a girl named Jocelyn.

In the first flashback, the pair are totally enamored with each other but that changes in the second flashback where he abandons Jocelyn to seek answers with a de-aged Hetty.


Johnny Jay Lee: Films and TV

Johnny Jay Lee, who plays Young Callen in season 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles, has been acting professionally since 2018 when he appeared in an episode of Murder Made Me Famous.

This was quickly followed up by a starring role in the limited series Nuke Nelson, which Johnny also wrote and produced.

Johnny Jay Lee’s more recognisable roles have come in the like of Zoe Valentine, Coyote Hills, Station 19 and Netflix’s Selena: The Series.

Self-proclaimed Marvel and Star Wars geek, Johnny was born and raised in Texas. He was born on May 3rd, although Johnny keeps the year of his birth and his age private.

Like most actors in the modern industry, Johnny Jay Lee is active on social media, most notably Instagram where he has just under 5,000 followers.

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NCIS: Los Angeles continues weekly on Sunday evenings on CBS.

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