Will you buy Alex Mack as a CIA analyst? The producers of “Hawaii Five-0” hope so.
The CBS show has signed Larisa Oleynik, who played the title character in Nickelodeon’s mid-’90s show “The Secret World of Alex Mack,” to a recurring role. She’ll appear in several episodes this season and has an option to become a regular in Season 2, TVLine reports.
Oleynik’s character, Jessica Kaye, is a former CIA analyst who comes to Hawaii to help Five-0 track down Wo Fat (recurring guest Mark Dacascos), who’s connected to the murder of McGarrett’s (Alex O’Loughlin) parents and other nefarious doings on the islands. Jessica also has a personal score to settle, as she believes Wo Fat had her CIA-officer fiance killed.
In addition to “Alex Mack,” Oleynik co-starred in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You” and had a recurring part on “3rd Rock From the Sun,” playing love interests for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in both. More recently she’s guested on “Psych,” “Without a Trace” and “Mad Men,” where she played Ken Cosgrove’s (Aaron Staton) fiancee in an episode last season.
Oleynik’s first appearance is slated for February.