‘NCIS’: Cote de Pablo Reveals the Surprising Way She’s Just Like Ziva David

NCIS star Cote de Pablo will forever be Ziva David in the minds of her devoted fans. That’s why they were so excited when the actress made a surprise appearance during the finale of NCIS season 16. Ziva David might be a fictional character, but de Pablo said she actually has something in common with her. Here’s what de Pablo said about the similarities between her and Ziva.

Cote de Pablo and Pauley Perrette | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo and Pauley Perrette | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

What Cote de Pablo did before NCIS

De Pablo 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.

How acting helped Cote de Pablo adjust to life in a new country

Cote de Pablo was born in Chile and moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. She told Prevention magazine acting helped her feel accepted even though she was living in a new country:

I missed my country and my friends terribly. But I was raised here. And I found my niche because I went to a performing arts high school. I had always been interested in the arts but performing became even more important because it was a way to communicate with people in my new country. It wasn’t till I got to the United States that I learned to speak English. My friend had the perfect saying for it: “You found your tribe.” We’re not Chilean or Argentinean or Brazilian or Russian. We’re actors.

How Cote de Pablo and Ziva David are alike

Cote de Pablo | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

When asked how she identifies with her character Ziva David, de Pablo said they are both strong women. Here’s what she told Prevention magazine about the strength they share and why:  

My character’s strength is like mine, to a completely different degree. Losing family members because of a war… I have moments when I just have to hold my heart. But I also have to remember that if I played the character from my point of view, she’d be falling apart all the time. She has to keep it together–it’s the world she grew up in.

Read more: ‘NCIS’: Fans React to Cote de Pablo’s Ziva Return

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