NCIS star Cote de Pablo had a very different career before acting

Cote de Pablo is known and loved for her portrayal of Ziva David on NCIS – whom she played from 2005 until making her final appearance in 2020.

But did you know that prior to her big break on the police procedural show, the actress had a very different career?

Before she found her passion for the performing arts, Cote co-hosted the Latin-American talk show, Control, at the age of 15.

Chatting about her time on Control in an interview with American Latino, she said: “I interviewed some pretty phenomenal people on that show in the Latin world,” before going on to say that “interviewing was not what I studied. What I studied was acting, and I wanted to do what I studied.”

Cote went on to study music and theatre at Carnegie Mellon University before landing her role on the CBS show.

Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo

Cote presented a TV show before landing her role on NCIS

While she made her last appearance back in season 17, her co-star Michael Weatherly recently hinted at a potential reunion for their two characters. What’s more, there’s been speculation about a new spin-off series that could star both Michael and Cote.


But will Cote return? Back in 2016, the 43-year-old revealed that she chose not to come back to the show because of “political things and scripts not being good enough”.

“Look, I love this character! I worked for eight years crafting Ziva and when I felt like the character wasn’t being treated with the respect she deserved,” she said.

Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo on NCIS

Cote made her final appearance on the show in 2020

“They were going to send [Ziva] back to Israel and make her an unfortunate, miserable woman. I didn’t think it was fair. I told them until someone can write something really fantastic for Ziva I won’t come back.”

She later clarified her comments in a 2019 interview, saying that what she said what taken out of context.

“I didn’t leave because I wanted to go or because I was ready or because I was tired. I didn’t really have an option,” she explained.

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