‘NCIS’: Why Cote de Pablo Finds Ziva Fascinating

NCIS fans will forever know Cote de Pablo as Ziva David. Many viewers love Ziva and everything the character stands for. De Pablo is also a big fan of Ziva and decided to return to the show so she could continue telling the character’s story. Here’s why de Pablo said she finds Ziva fascinating.

Cote de Pablo also finds social media fascinating

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

Ziva isn’t the only fascination Cote de Pablo has. She’s also quite amused with social media. In a recent interview with BUILD series, de Pablo spoke about her views on social media and why she hasn’t joined a social platform:

I’m not on social media, so it’s incredible. It’s almost like you’re talking about a world that I’m not a part of. That every once in a while, I’m like, ‘Oh, what are you doing? What’s going on out here?’ And all of a sudden, I realize [social media] is fascinating. It’s funny, the other day, one of my really good friends said, ‘Why are you not on social media?’ I’m not saying no to it, but when I’m out having fun, I’m not taking pictures of myself; I’m just having fun.

Why Cote de Pablo finds Ziva fascinating

De Pablo told Entertainment Tonight she has always had a fascination with Ziva. The actress describes Ziva as sexy, funny, and a woman of integrity:

I always was fascinated by her. I thought she was funny. I thought there was something about her that at times was kind of sexy, but I liked the fact that she never sacrificed the integrity of her work for any of those other things. She wasn’t funny for the sake of being funny. She wasn’t sexy for the sake of being sexy. The situations and the circumstances dictated who she was and who she became along the way.

De Pablo said Ziva’s personality has many layers

Cote de Pablo as Ziva David on NCIS | Erik Voake/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David on NCIS | Erik Voake/CBS via Getty Images

Another reason de Pablo is so taken by Ziva is because the character has many different layers. De Pablo told Entertainment Tonight that each year brought out a different side of Ziva:

There were years where she was more serious. Years where she was more flirty. Years where she was more mysterious. Years when she was struggling emotionally with deep things, with her father and all of these conflicts. What I always wanted — and it wasn’t clear to me while I was doing the show — but as the show progressed and as the years went by, women would come up to me and they would say, “I really love this character because she’s strong and she doesn’t jeopardize herself in situations.” She’s very strong and she’s courageous, but she fights for what she believes in.

Read more: ‘NCIS’: Why Cote de Pablo Was Nervous About Returning

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