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 34)
Santiago, Chile
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1994–present
Known for Ziva David, NCIS
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

María José de Pablo Fernández,[1] better known as Cote 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 America during its tenth season in the 2012–13 year.[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 DJ.[6] When de Pablo was ten years old, her mother, María Olga Fernández, received a job in Miami, Florida, at a Spanish-speaking television network. There, de Pablo attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts where she studied musical theater. In the 5th 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 then 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 BFA 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 from 1994 to 1995 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 in 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 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 has been injured several times on the show, including injuring her neck and back.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

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
2005–13 NCIS Ziva David 189 episodes
2010 The Last Rites of Ransom Pride Bruja
2014 The 33
2015 The Dovekeepers[18] Shirah TV miniseries; pre-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2006: Won an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television for NCIS[3]
  • 2008: Nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television for NCIS[22]
  • 2008: Nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series for NCIS[3]
  • 2009: Nominated for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series for NCIS[23]
  • 2009: Nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actress in Television for NCIS[24]
  • 2011: Nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television for NCIS[25]
  • 2011: Won an ALMA Award for Favorite Television Actress – Leading Role in a Drama for NCIS[26]

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".[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cote de Pablo biography". A+E Networks. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  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. ^ a b 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. ^ Imagen Award 2008 Nominations. http://www.imagen.org/awards/2008/nominees
  23. ^ Robertson, Willa. Alma Awards Announce Nominations. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007694.html?categoryid=1011&cs=1
  24. ^ Imagen Awards 2009 Nominations & Winners. http://www.imagen.org/awards/2009
  25. ^ Imagen Awards 2011 Nominees. http://www.imagen.org/awards/2011
  26. ^ Cubria, Kaitlin (July 28, 2011). "BIG Competition: Selena, Demi, Victoria and Naya Go Head-to-Head at the ALMA Awards." http://www.teen.com/selena-gomez-demi-lovato-2011-alma-awards-nominees/
  27. ^ Kott, Crispin. "CD Reviews". Roll Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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