‘NCIS’: Inside Cote de Pablo and Mark Harmon’s Sweet Relationship

NCIS stars Cote de Pablo and Mark Harmon have a working relationship and friendship most people would envy. Here’s what de Pablo said about her sweet connection to Harmon.

Cote de Pablo has adorable nicknames for Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo | Vera Anderson/WireImage
Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo | Vera Anderson/WireImage

Nicknames can sometimes show how close two people have become. This is definitely the case for de Pablo and Harmon. Their years of working closely together have resulted in some adorable nicknames. During an interview with the BUILD Series, de Pablo mentioned she has many nicknames for Harmon. “I have many nicknames for him. I have Mark, Marcos, Dorko, Dorky. I mean I have so many different names,” she said.

Harmon also has cute nicknames for de Pablo. One of his nicknames for her is “goat.” During an Entertainment Tonight interview, Harmon said he likes to have fun on the set. De Pablo said she doesn’t mind answering to the unusual nickname her co-star gave her. Cote explains, “He calls me goat. Don’t ask me why,” she joked.

Cote de Pablo says she sees Mark Harmon as a father figure

The way de Pablo views Harmon can be seen in one of her nicknames for him. During her BUILD Series interview, she says Harmon is known as Papa Smurf on the set.

He’s a friend-mentor. He was always like a father figure to me. And obviously, Ziva and Gibbs have that, but Cote and Mark have a little of that and he’s a very famous, busy man. So obviously, there are many months when you don’t talk, but it’s really nice to know that sometimes when you have friendships, and certainly in family, you can go time without talking, but you’ve laid a foundation. A foundation that is solid. And from that foundation, you can really go anywhere.

Time hasn’t affected Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo’s relationship

Mark Harmon Cote de Pablo NCIS | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Mark Harmon Cote de Pablo NCIS | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

De Pablo has been away from the NCIS set since her departure in 2013, but that hasn’t affected her relationship with Harmon. When de Pablo first saw Harmon for the first time since leaving NCIS, she said they picked up where they left off in their friendship. It was like the two had never been separated:

You can go years without talking. Really heavy-duty things can happen, and then all of a sudden, you’re back and you pick up where you left off. And I have that with a lot of people I’ve worked with; certainly, with Mark, certainly with Michael [Weatherly]. They’re relationships that are very special, for many reasons. They’re forged in the heat of pressure… We went through something incredible, which was years of working closely together. We were forged in fire.

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