9 Things You Didn’t Know About Former NCIS Star Cote De Pablo
Cote de Pablo has been in the entertainment industry since she was 15 years old, but there is no doubt that she is best known for her long-running role as Special Agent Ziva David on NCIS. While she had the prominent role on one of the biggest series on TV, the actress is rarely in the spotlight and there is so much to know about her. From her time working on the series, to her life before fame, here are 9 things you never knew about Cote de Pablo:
9. On-Set Injuries
As part of her character on NCIS, Cote de Pablo has done many of her stunts, but it has resulted in numerous injuries for the star. In the 2008 episode “Cloak” she took a gun barrel to the face and received a shrapnel nick in the 2010 episode “Enemies Foreign.” She has suffered additional injuries to her neck and back from her kickboxing scenes, but never relented on doing the scenes or stunts. “Coming from the theater, I love the adrenaline rush from working on NCIS. You get home and you’re exhausted, but you feel like you’ve really worked. It’s such a masochistic thing. In one episode we were shooting boxed in a container from seven in the morning to 12 at night. There’s gunfire in the container…We had to pretend the truck was moving so we had to keep ourselves moving the whole time. I remember my knees were all bruised up because I had to fall so many times. That was taxing on the body,” she said of the physical demands of filming NCIS.
8. Early Life
Maria Jose “Cote” de Pablo Fernandez was born on November 12, 1979 in Santiago, Chile, to Francisco de Pablo and Maria Olga Fernandez. She was the eldest of three children with a younger sister named Andrea and a younger brother named Francisco after their father. When she was 10 years old, Cote’s mother took a job in Miami, Florida. In Miami, Cote attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts. She gained an early interest in the performing arts and went on to attend the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater.