10 Things You Didn’t Know About NCIS Star Pauley Perrette

  
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8. Early Life

Pauley Perrette was born on March 27, 1969 in New Orleans. Perrette’s family didn’t stay anywhere for long and she moved 13 times throughout her child. From a young age she had an interest in crime and civil rights and had no intention of ever really becoming an actress. In her senior year of high school Perrette was voted Best Personality and Most Easygoing and was also named homecoming queen of her senior year. After high school she attended Valdosa State University where she studied criminal justice and then moved to New York City to study at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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7. Odd Jobs

When it comes to acting, it is something she never planned on. “My dad is a firefighter and as are all my cousins, and I am incredibly proud of that. But this is all me being out here, and it’s a total accident and it’s really strange. I am the only person in my family that’s in the entertainment industry. And I studied sociology, psychology and criminal science in school, so this was just a complete accident.” Since acting wasn’t at the forefront for, she opened up about many of the odd jobs she did in New York before her on-screen career took off. “Not only was I bartending in club-kids scene, with a bra and combat boots and a white Mohawk, but I also wore a sandwich board on roller skates passing out flyers for Taco Bell in the Diamond District.” That’s not all — she also worked as a cook on a Manhattan dinner cruise boat!

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