Cote de Pablo
María José de Pablo Fernández, known professionally as Cote de Pablo (born November 12, 1979), is a Chilean-American actress and singer. Born in Santiago, Chile, at the age of ten she moved to the United States, where she studied acting.
Cote de Pablo
De Pablo at the 2011 ALMA Awards
María José de Pablo Fernández
November 12, 1979
De Pablo co-hosted episodes of the Latin-American talk show Control with former Entertainment Tonight host, Carlos Ponce, at the age of 15 before attending Carnegie Mellon University to study music and theatre. After appearing in a number of television roles, she was cast to portray main character Ziva David in the CBS television series NCIS in 2005 and won an ALMA Award for the role in 2011.
In the fifth grade, she found many people could not pronounce her first
name of “María José”, so she asked them to call her “Coté”, a common
Chilean nickname for María José. De Pablo attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studied music and theater and appeared in several plays, including And the World Goes ‘Round, The House of Bernarda Alba, Indiscretions, The Fantasticks, and A Little Night Music. She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater.
De Pablo began working in the entertainment industry at age 15, when she hosted some episodes of the talk show Control (1994–95) on Univision, alongside former Entertainment Tonight host Carlos Ponce.
After graduation, she moved to New York City to find work as an actress, working as a waitress in an Indian restaurant in Manhattan and an Italian eatery in Brooklyn to support herself. She picked up parts in the New York City Public Theater, on the TV show All My Children, and in commercials. De Pablo played the role of Marguerite Cisneros in The Jury (broadcast on the Fox Network). The show was short-lived, screening only 10 one-hour episodes. In 2005, De Pablo was about to make her Broadway debut in The Mambo Kings as Dolores Fuentes, but the show closed after a short trial run in San Francisco.
De Pablo is primarily known for her portrayal of Ziva David, an Israeli Mossad officer turned NCIS agent, in the police procedural drama NCIS. She had submitted a videotape audition while waiting for The Mambo Kings to move forward and was asked to fly to Los Angeles for a screen test two days after it was canceled. Network executives arranged for her to act alongside series regular Michael Weatherly
to test for chemistry during her second audition; he went off script by
brushing her hair back and commenting, “You remind me of Salma Hayek“. De Pablo’s response to Weatherly was to stay in character and she “dismissed him completely”. Afterward, producer Donald Bellisario met with her as she was waiting for a cab to take her back to the airport, telling her she had landed the part.
Pablo described the character as “someone completely different from
anyone else on the show because she’s been around men all her life;
she’s used to men of authority. She’s not afraid of men.”
In 2006, she won an Imagen Award at the Imagen Foundation Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Television for NCIS. In 2008 and 2009, she was nominated for the same award. Also in 2008 and 2009, she was nominated for an ALMA Award
for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series. In 2011, de Pablo
was nominated once again for an Imagen Award, but this time it was for
Best Actress in Television, not Supporting Actress. She won the 2011
ALMA Award for Favorite Television Actress—Leading Role in Drama.
On July 10, 2013, it was reported by CBS that de Pablo would be leaving NCIS
for undisclosed reasons, although she remained long enough to conclude
her character Ziva David’s storyline at the beginning of season 11. De Pablo later told Cindy Elavsky that Ziva could come back because she did not die.
However, in the season 13 finale of the series, it was stated that her
character had apparently died in an explosion in Israel. Three years later in 2019, season 16 episode ‘She’,
revealed that Ziva is alive and has gone into hiding off-screen. De
Pablo made a surprise unannounced return to the show in the last scene
of the season 16 finale, which aired on May 21, 2019, in which Ziva
arrives at Gibbs’ basement to warn him that his life is in danger.
Producers confirmed that de Pablo would appear in the first two episodes
of the show’s 17th season as part of her storyline.
In January 2014, de Pablo was announced to have been cast in the film The 33, about the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, as the wife of one of the miners. She was also cast in the 2015 CBS miniseries, titled The Dovekeepers, based on the Alice Hoffman novel. In March 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported de Pablo is slated to return to series television as Laura Kale in Syfy‘s thriller-drama, Prototype, pending negotiations. In April 2016, TVLine columnist Matt Mitovich confirmed de Pablo’s return to series television. The show was to feature “three unlikely colleagues—two of them played by de Pablo and Jack Davenport—who
inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature
of quantum physics—a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave
danger.” In August 2016, Deadline reported that Syfy passed on the show.
On August 28, 2018 Deadline announced that de Pablo and former NCIS castmate, Michael Weatherly, would be the executive producers of the upcoming CBS detective drama MIA, written by Shepard Boucher.
As of 2011, she resides in Los Angeles, California.
|1994–1995||Control||Co-host||Latin-American magazine show|
|2000||The $treet||Fiona||Episode: “Hostile Makeover”|
|2001||The Education of Max Bickford||Gina||Episode: “Do It Yourself”|
|2004||The Jury||Marguerite Cisneros||10 episodes|
|NCIS||Special Agent Ziva David||Guest role (season 3, 16)
Main role (season 3–11)
Recurring role (season 17); 190 episodes
|2010||The Last Rites of Ransom Pride||Bruja|
|2015||The 33||Jessica Vega|
|2016||Prototype||Laura Kale||TV movie|
|2002||TOCA Race Driver||Melanie Sanchez|
Awards and nominations
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- Lee Hernandez (November 4, 2010). “EXCLUSIVE: Cote de Pablo on the Chilean Miners Rescue: “In That Moment, I Felt Proud to be Chilean““. Latina. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
- Ximena Urrejola (October 6, 2009). “Detalle noticia”. mer.cl (in Spanish). Retrieved July 15, 2010.
- Jacqueline Neiss (October 1, 2007). “NCIS’s Cote de Pablo visits Israel”. OK Magazine. p. 72. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
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- Owen, Rob. “Prime Time – Carnegie Mellon Today”. carnegiemellontoday.com. Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
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- Mason, Dave, “De Pablo adds spice to ‘NCIS’“, The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 3, 2006. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
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- Gonzalez, Sandra. “Cote de Pablo leaving ‘NCIS‘“. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
- Elavsky, Cindy (January 19, 2014). “Celebrity Extra”. King Features. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
- Evans, Greg (2016-05-17). “Michael Weatherly’s ‘NCIS’ Finale Finally Answers The Ziva Question”. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- “Former ‘NCIS’ Star Cote De Pablo Joins Chilean Miner Movie ‘The 33‘“. Deadline Hollywood. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (16 July 2014). “Cote de Pablo to Star in CBS’s Upcoming Miniseries The Dovekeepers” (Press release). TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 19 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- Andreeva, Nellie. “Cote de Pablo Poised To Star In Syfy Pilot ‘Prototype‘“. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
- “Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Grey’s, Bones, Flash, Grimm, Arrow and More!”. TVLine. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
- Petski, Denise. “JR Bourne & Toby Hemingway Join Syfy Pilot ‘Prototype‘“. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
- Petski, Denise (28 August 2018). “Michael Weatherly & Cote de Pablo Reteam To Produce ‘MIA’ Detective Drama At CBS”. Deadline Hollywood.
- Kott, Crispin. “CD Reviews”. Roll Publishing. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- James Horner (2015-11-06), The 33, WaterTower Music, retrieved 2016-04-08
- Nudd, Tim (November 29, 2010). “NCIS’s Cote de Pablo Loves Her Boyfriend for Being a Bad Influence”. people.com. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Palacios, Paula (2015-06-04). “Cote de Pablo: ‘Yo soy el sueño americano‘“. caras.cl. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
Recién soltera tras varios años de relación con el actor ecuatoriano Diego Serrano
- Steely, Jon (April 2011). “Cote De Pablo The “NCIS” Special Agent Sings, Spars, Shoots, and Sleuths”. venicemag.com. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- Hahn, Kate (2011). “Cote de Pablo: Radiating Inner and Outer Beauty – Prevention.com”. Prevention magazine. Retrieved June 26, 2011.
- “ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Composers and Songwriters at 19th Annual Awards Celebration”. ASCAP. April 21, 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- “2008 Nominees”. imagen.org. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- “2008 NCLR ALMA AWARDS” (PDF). almaawards.com. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- Robertson, Willa (August 25, 2009). “Alma Awards announce nominations”. Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- “2009 NCLR ALMA AWARDS” (PDF). almaawards.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 13, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- “Imagen Awards 2009 Nominations & Winners”. imagen.org. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- “Imagen Awards 2011 Nominees”. imagen.org. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
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