‘NCIS’: The Heartbreaking Reason Cote de Pablo Believes in God

Former NCIS star Cote de Pablo shared her religious beliefs in an interview. Some people have a joyous experience when they find God, but this didn’t seem to be the case for de Pablo. Here’s the heartbreaking reason Cote de Pablo said she believes in God.

How Cote de Pablo became famous

Cote de Pablo |  Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Rolling Stone
Cote de Pablo | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Rolling Stone

De Pablo appeared in many television shows before joining the NCIS cast. She made her acting debut in a 2000 episode of the television series The $treet. She played the character Fiona. In 2004, she landed a recurring role in the TV series The Jury. She played the role of Marguerite Cisneros for 10 episodes. Her other acting credits include appearances in The Dovekeepers (2015), The 33 (2015), and Prototype (2016). De Pablo first played the role of Agent Ziva David in 2005.

Cote de Pablo has a close relationship with her mom

Cote de Pablo | Brian To/FilmMagic
Cote de Pablo | Brian To/FilmMagic

During an interview with Prevention, de Pablo spoke about the close relationship she has with her mother. She said that one thing she enjoys the most is when her mother visits her from Chile, which is de Pablo’s birthplace. The actress spoke fondly of her mother’s visits:

One of my favorite things is when my mom comes to visit. She stays with me for two to three weeks. Then I go to South America and I’m with her. We do a lot of cooking. It’s our time to bond. My mom has a rare talent for being able to open up the refrigerator, and with the peas, the leftover eggs, the cream, the spinach, the cheese, and a little rice, she can just whip up incredible risotto. That’s one of the things I love about her–just going with the drift, seeing what you can make out of what you have. I tried to pick up on that talent a little bit, but hers is innate.

The heartbreaking reason Cote de Pablo believes in God

Cote de Pablo |  Jacopo Raule/Getty Images
Cote de Pablo | Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

De Pablo told Prevention losing her grandmother to cancer left her heartbroken. She said the loss of her grandmother led her to realizing God is real. Here’s what de Pablo shared:

I lost my grandmother to [cancer]. There’s a saying that you meet people and instantly know them. My grandmother and I had that. The first time my heart was broken was when my grandmother passed away. I was 21. That’s the nearest I came to knowing that God exists. When she got sick, I was living in the States, and my dad called and said, “You have 12 hours to get here, because she’s waiting for you.”

I’ll never forget that flight, because I threw myself on the floor, crying the whole time. I cried so much on the plane that by the time I got there, I couldn’t cry anymore. I held her hand and said to myself, “This is not the grandmother I knew. This is not the person I loved.” She couldn’t say anything; she was so consumed with cancer. I left the room and went into a stairwell where the sun was coming in. I remember looking up and being so angry at God. I said, “If you exist, you will take my grandmother within 20 minutes. If you don’t, I’ll never believe in you again.” Within 10 minutes, she was gone. That’s why I say to everybody, “God’s there. He’s there.”

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