Cote de Pablo

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is De Pablo and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.
Cote de Pablo
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De Pablo at the 2011 ALMA Awards
Born María José de Pablo Fernández
(1979-11-12) November 12, 1979 (age 35)
Santiago, Chile
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1994–present
Known for Ziva David, NCIS

María José de Pablo Fernández,[1] better known as Coté de Pablo (born November 12, 1979), is a Chilean-American actress and recording artist. Born in Santiago, Chile, she moved to the United States at the age of ten, where she studied acting.

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 small television roles, she was cast to portray main character Ziva David in the CBS television series NCIS in 2005. De Pablo won an ALMA Award for the role in 2011, and NCIS became the most watched television program in the United States during Season 10 (2012–13).[2]

She performed a portion of Tom Waits' song "Temptation" for a 2008 episode of NCIS. Outside of the series, she has acted as a vocalist for songs in Roberto Pitre's Vivo En Vida CD.[3]

Early life[edit]

De Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, to Francisco de Pablo and María Olga Fernández.[3][4] She has a younger sister,[5] Andrea, and a brother, Francisco, who works as a disc jockey.[6] When de Pablo was ten years old, her mother, María Olga Fernández, took a job in Miami, Florida, at a Spanish language television network. There, de Pablo attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts where she studied Musical Theatre. In the Fifth Grade, she found many people could not properly pronounce her first name of "María José," so she asked them to call her "Coté," a common Chilean nickname for "María José."[7] 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.[8]

Acting career[edit]

Early roles[edit]

Cote de Pablo, 2007

Cote de Pablo first 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.[9]

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 ten one-hour episodes. In 2005, de Pablo was about to make her Broadway debut in The Mambo Kings[10] as Dolores Fuentes, but the show closed after a short trial run in San Francisco.[5]

NCIS[edit]

Cote 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 sent in 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 cancelled.[5][11] Network executives arranged for her to act alongside series regular Michael Weatherly to test for chemistry during her second audition; he went offscript 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". Afterwards, 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.[11][12]

De 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."[13]

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 for NCIS. 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.[14]

On July 10, 2013, it was reported by CBS that de Pablo would be leaving NCIS for undisclosed reasons, although she remained on long enough to conclude her character Ziva David's storyline at the beginning of season 11.[15] De Pablo later told Cindy Elavsky that Ziva could come back because she did not die.[16]

Post NCIS[edit]

De Pablo was announced in January 2014 as being cast in the film The 33, which is about the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. She was cast as the wife of one of the miners.[17] She has also been cast in a 2015 CBS miniseries, titled The Dovekeepers, based on the Alice Hoffman novel.[18]

Personal life[edit]

De Pablo is in a long-term relationship with actor Diego Serrano, [19] As a consequence of kickboxing during scenes, de Pablo was injured several times on NCIS, including injuring her neck and back. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1994–95 Control Co-host TV series
2000 The $treet Fiona Episode: "Hostile Makeover"
2001 The Education of Max Bickford Gina Episode: "Do It Yourself"
2002 TOCA Race Driver Melanie Sanchez (voice) Video game
2004 The Jury Marguerite Cisneros 10 episodes
2005–14 NCIS Ziva David 190 episodes
2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Bruja
2015 The 33 Jessica Vega In post-production
2015 The Dovekeepers Shirah Miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2006 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actress in Television NCIS Won [3][22]
2008 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actress in Television NCIS Nominated [23]
ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series NCIS [3][24]
2009 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series NCIS [25][26]
Imagen Award Best Supporting Actress in Television NCIS [27]
2011 Imagen Award Best Actress in Television NCIS [28]
ALMA Award Favorite Television Actress – Leading Role in a Drama NCIS Won [29]
2012 ALMA Award Favorite TV Actress-Drama NCIS Nominated [30]

Music[edit]

Cote de Pablo performed a portion of Tom Waits' song "Temptation" on the NCIS episode, "Last Man Standing", which first aired in the U.S. on September 23, 2008. Her full performance of the song, including some lyrics in French, appears for the first time on NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack, which was released on February 10, 2009.

She is also the singer in Roberto Pitre's Vivo en vida where she sings "Samba in Prelude", "Cry Me a River" and "Temptation".[31]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Schneider, Michael (June 10, 2013). "America's Most Watched: The Top 25 Shows of the 2012-2013 TV Season". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "CBS bio". Retrieved October 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c Ximena Urrejola (October 6, 2009). "Detalle noticia". mer.cl (in Spanish). Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Jacqueline Neiss (October 1, 2007). "NCIS's Cote de Pablo visits Israel". OK Magazine. p. 72. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Lee Hernandez (February 10, 2009). "'NCIS' Star Cote de Pablo, on the Pleasures of Kicking Men's Behinds on TV". latina.com. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Cote de Pablo: Biography". CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Cote de Pablo". BuddyTV. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Tugend, Tom (March 15, 2007). "‘NCIS’ Mossad agent’s cover gets blown—she’s Chilean". jewishjournal.com. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Owen, Rob. "Prime Time - Carnegie Mellon Today". carnegiemellontoday.com. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ Marsi, Steve (October 29, 2009). "Cote de Pablo Dishes on NCIS' Ziva and Tony". tvguide,com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ Mason, Dave, "De Pablo adds spice to 'NCIS'", The San Diego Union-Tribune, January 3, 2006. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  14. ^ http://www.tv.com/people/cote-de-pablo/biography/
  15. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra. "Cote de Pablo leaving 'NCIS'". http://insidetv.ew.com/. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (January 19, 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Former 'NCIS' Star Cote De Pablo Joins Chilean Miner Movie 'The 33'". deadline.com. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (16 July 2014). "Cote de Pablo to Star in CBS's Upcoming Miniseries The Dovekeepers" (Press release). TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Nudd, Tim (November 29, 2010). "NCIS's Cote de Pablo Loves Her Boyfriend for Being a Bad Influence - Cote de Pablo : People.com". people.com. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  20. ^ Steely, Jon (April 2011). "Cote De Pablo The "NCIS" Special Agent Sings, Spars, Shoots, and Sleuths". venicemag.com. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  21. ^ Hahn, Kate (2011). "Cote de Pablo: Radiating Inner and Outer Beauty - Prevention.com". Prevention magazine. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  22. ^ "ASCAP Honors Top Film and Television Composers and Songwriters at 19th Annual Awards Celebration". ASCAP. April 21, 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  23. ^ "2008 Nominees". imagen.org. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  24. ^ "2008 NCLR ALMA AWARDS" (PDF). almaawards.com. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ Robertson, Willa (August 25, 2009). "Alma Awards announce nominations". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  26. ^ "2009 NCLR ALMA AWARDS" (PDF). almaawards.com. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Imagen Awards 2009 Nominations & Winners". imagen.org. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  28. ^ {{cite web|title=Imagen Awards 2011 Nominees|url=http://www.imagen.org/awards/2011%7Cwork=imagen.org%7Caccessdate=March 21, 2015}
  29. ^ Cubria, Kaitlin (July 28, 2011). "Cubria, Kaitlin (July 28, 2011). "BIG Competition: Selena, Demi, Victoria and Naya Go Head-to-Head at the ALMA Awards."". teen.com. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  30. ^ "2012 NCLR ALMA AWARDS" (PDF). almaawards.com. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  31. ^ Kott, Crispin. "CD Reviews". Roll Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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