Cote de Pablo after starring as Ziva David on NCIS got her big breakthrough.
The actress worked as a TV host before going on the show at the end of season 16 and was on NCIS for 12 years.
Cote de Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile on November 12, 1979.
She moved to Miami when she has was still a child and it was very hard coping as she missed her childhood friends.
“But I was raised here. And I found my niche because I went to a performing arts high school. I had always been interested in the arts, but performing became even more important because it was a way to communicate with people in my new country,” she said. “It wasn’t till I got to the United States that I learned to speak English.”
“Those were defining years for me. I always describe myself as sort of a hippie. Deep inside, I’m not a glamorous person,” de Pablo added. “I come from a traditional, conservative world. But this kind of hippie world at school allowed me to explore the creativity and imagination that live inside all of us.”
Her mother got a job at Telemundo after they moved to Miami.
Pablo went on to study Fine Arts degree in acting and musical theater and graduated in 2010.
She went into show business, following her mother’s footsteps, she was quite successful.
Cote de Pablo starred as Ziva David between 2005 and 2013 summing up to around 189 episodes.
Due to working long hours on the show many of the cast members created bonds with each other, some got in a relationship, some became great friends. One such relationship was that of Cote de Pablo and Mark Harmon. Some went as far as thinking they were involved in a Romance.
This wasn’t the case, “[Mark Harmon] is more of a friend mentor. He was always like a father figure to me. Obviously, Ziva and Gibbs have that, but Cote and Mark have that as well,” she told BUILD.
“He’s a very busy, famous man. Obviously, there are many months where you just don’t talk, but it’s really nice to know that sometimes when you have friendships but certainly in the family – that’s a given- you can go time without talking, but you’ve laid a foundation. A foundation that is solid.”
“From that foundation, you can really go anywhere. You can go years without talking,” de Pablo added. “Really heavy-duty things can happen, and then all the sudden you’re back, and you can pick up right where you left off.”
The duo has an excellent relationship and we are happy for them.