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Cote de Pablo in Boca Raton Observer, Ziva’s No Diva

Written by Faye Constantino   // June 12, 2013

Cote de Pablo of NCIS

 Cote de Pablo in Boca Raton Magazine, Ziva’s No Diva


NCIS fans want the answer to one question that TV star Cote de Pablo has skirted for months: Is she returning to NCIS for Season 11? While the fans wait for that answer, Cote de Pablo has given interviews exposing her past and present but leaves the future unspoken. In her latest Magazine Interview with The Boca Raton Observer, she chatted about Ziva’s growth as well as her own in the eight years she has been on NCIS.


Cote de Pablo made the cover of the June/July Issue of The Boca Raton Observer and talked about her rise to fame in TV’s #1 Drama, NCIS. She talked about her childhood, waitressing, acting and an injury that resulted from doing her own stunts in fight scenes. She had this to say about the writing that has heated up the Tony/Ziva story line on NCIS and then left us cold:


“I don’t know what’s going to happen… That’s always a tricky question. The only thing I can says is it’ll be what it is and whatever it is, we’ll play the crap out of it!


Her conversation with Dianna Smith of The Boca Raton Observer, Cote de Pablo went all the way back to her roots in Santiago, Chile where she had a last name she had to “live up to” and she lived a prestigious life with a beautiful home and a nanny. When she was ten years old, de Pablo’s mom got a job with Telemundo and the family moved to Miami. Cote de Pablo says that she missed the changing seasons and people couldn’t pronounce her name Maria Jose, so she started asking people to call her by her Chilean nickname, “Cote.” As an immigrant she feels that being an actor helps other immigrants with the same dream. She didn’t know anyone in the business and didn’t break any ‘rules’ by pulling strings or ending up on TMZ. Cote de Pablo earned a scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and that’s where she honed her acting skills. She later moved to New York and worked as a waitress to pay the bills while waiting for her first break.


In spite of trying to get Cote de Pablo to talk about her contract, Cote only had this to say:


“I’m OK, I’m at Peace… I’ve given eight years and I’ve poured my heart and soul into this and I’m content no matter what.” [At press time there was no word but Cote added] “We’ll see where it goes.”


This leads me to wonder why Cote de Pablo keeps talking as though it’s out of her hands. She says she will use her three months off to visit Chile and spend time with her boyfriend, actor Diego Serrano. She will cook and practice Yoga leading what she considers a “normal” life hoping no one recognizes her when she goes out shopping.


You can read the full three page interview by joining The Boca Raton Observer for a free online subscription!


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