Casting Ideas for Sexy New Role on "NCIS"

Pretty soon, Chilean actress Cote de Pablo, 33, won't be the only smart and sexy Latina on the popular CBS drama NCIS. Word on the World Wide Interweb is that the show is casting the potentially recurring role of Agent Ruiz, an attractive, athletic and competent federal agent in her late 20s to mid 30s “who tends to put her foot in her mouth.” No word yet on who will play her, but here are five Latin actresses that I would love to see as the butt-kicking, badge-alicious babe!

1. Tatyana Ali, 30: Remember that episode of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air where Will Smith teaches his younger, defenseless cousin Ashley Banks (Ali) how to stand up for herself against a vicious bully at school? Well, funny as that was, those days are long behind our girl Tatyana. The Panamanian beauty is all grown up, with a muscular physique to boot (seriously, have you seen those biceps?). She's got bigger guns than 50 Cent's security guard! Right now, the in-demand actress is mucho busy filming a string of new movies, including the drama Mother and Child, costarring A-listers like Annette Bening, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts.

2. Nadine Velasquez, 30: When NBC’s hit comedy My Name is Earl got cancelled, our favorite dumb-as-rocks stripper Catalina Aruca (Velasquez) lost her night job, leaving Nadine (one of the most scorching-hot Latinas on television) unemployed. If CBS is really looking for an “attractive” actress to fill Ruiz's shoes, they might consider hiring Nadine, who in 2006 was named number 39 in the annual Maxim Hot 100 list and admitted on late-night talk show Chelsea Lately that she loves being in the buff!

3. Odette Yustman, 24: Part-Cuban actress Odette Yustman has fought for her life in two big-screen horror flicks: The Unborn (by The Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer) and J.J. Abrams’s Cloverfield. And in the upcoming indie film Rogue’s Gallery, she’ll play a member of a group of undercover assassins, a character she describes as a bad-ass. I think all of this more than qualifies Odette to kick some butt on NCIS. Don’t you? The Cuban beauty (who is also French and Italian, but was born in Bogota, Colombia) was also ranked number 88 on FHM’s List of the Sexiest Women in the World in 2008.

4. Camille Guaty, 31: Having met the sweet and gentle Guaty, it’s hard for me to picture her kicking butt and taking names on NCIS. She’s just so bubbly and gosh-darn cute! But the Cuban and boricua actress is also extremely talented. She's a no-nonsense gal who survived a bank robbery gone wrong in The Nine and overcame the loss of her boyfriend, Fernando Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), on Prison Break. Translation: She’s stronger than she looks!

5. Roselyn Sanchez, 36: No Latina in the Luniverse (Latina Universe) has played a cop more times than Puerto Rican beauty Roselyn Sanchez. She played U.S. Secret Service Agent Isabella Molina in Rush Hour 2, Detective Elana Macias on Dragnet and Elena Delgado on the recently cancelled CBS series Without a Trace. So without a doubt, NCIS should consider casting the sexy and strong Roselyn for this part.

Like my choices? Got some ideas of your own? Share them in the comments section!