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January 07, 2015 11:20 AM

Julie Chen’s about to move up from serving as a talk-show host to playing a U.S. ambassador – and it’s going to get a little dangerous!

The 45-year-old mainstay from The Talk will guest-star on the Jan. 19 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. She’ll play Nancy Kelly, a U.S. ambassador who narrowly escapes a terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Tunisia.

On Monday, the drama’s stars Eric Christian Olsen (Marty Deeks) and Daniela Ruah (Kensi Blye) paid a visit to The Talk set to “surprise” Chen with the cameo.

“Oh my goodness! How many lines do I have?” she asked while leafing through the script.

She then looked up to Olsen and asked, “Do we have any love scenes, you and me?”

This isn’t Chen’s first rodeo when it comes to cameos on her home network. She’s also done stints on the CBS comedy The Millers and had an uncredited role in the pilot of Madam Secretary.

NCIS: Los Angeles airs Mondays at 10/9 Central on CBS.

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