Gets NCIS's Ziva David AKA Cote de Pablo to Chat about Show's Direction!

Courtesy of, this is an interview with Cote de Pablo about what it’s like to work on NCIS and where her character and the show is going. Even after seven seasons, CBS’ juggernaut procedural NCIS is still hitting ’em out of the park, thanks to a solid, diverse lineup. spoke to Cote de Pablo, who plays Special Agent Ziva David, about her role on the show. This is a portion of the interview and there is more on
ncis_cote_480story.jpg What’s it like to play someone with such a complicated, tumultuous past?
Cote de Pablo:

I really love it and I’ll tell you why. It never gets boring, and you always have something to draw from. It’s sort of like an actor’s dream, that you’re able to constantly feed the character [from the] character’s past. And, so that’s always a fun thing and also a huge challenge because you feel like you have to really deliver. It keeps you on your toes. You have a responsibility to the character and you have to try to respect it as much as possible and try to do your best to honor it. What do you think drives Ziva to act the way she does?
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Cote de Pablo:

Well, definitely her past. I think she’s been thrown into this American situation. That’s what I label the NCIS world. It was not her choice to come to the United States to be a part of this agency. She was sort of thrown in here because she was covering a mission from Israel … and I feel that she used this group of people as her dysfunctional family. I think she’s really learned to love them and, at times, especially towards the end of last year, it became very confusing to her where her loyalty was. Was it her family in Israel or was it her family in the United States? And so it’s a tug of war between the most important things to a lot of human beings, which [are] family and blood.;
What do you think Ziva’s future is going to hold at NCIS?
Cote de Pablo:

I sure do hope that she stays with NCIS. I think she really does see them as her family and I love every person that’s there. However, I think later on in this season, things are going to be questioned by something coming from far away lands, maybe a father figure

. . You’ve described Ziva as someone who’s not afraid of men. Does that affect her relationship with Tony (Michael Weatherly)? Why is Tony different from all the other guys?
Cote de Pablo:

You know what it is? She calls him “idiot” so many times. And she’s got this brother-sister relationship with him. But at times it crosses the line and goes into sexual tension territory. The only way I can describe her feelings for Tony is that they get blurred and then it’s a lot deeper than what it seems. They trusted each other and they lost their trust in each other. But I think the underlying emotion is always love … However, she’s always thinking, “My God, he’s such an idiot!” But at the same time, she knows that all of that is sort of like a cover-up for something that’s really soft and mushy on the inside. Because if you see the episodes with him, he comes across as a total idiot

Cote de Pablo from an episode of NCIS Why you think this show has become so popular?
Cote de Pablo:

I’ll tell you why. This has been something that we’ve talked about, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, David McCallum, Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon and myself. The success of the show is based on this perfect chemistry. If you take any of these characters away and tried to do the show, it would not be the same thing … I think the show is a character driven show in a procedural format and I think people tune in because they like to see these relationships. These relationships are based on the fact that we get along and that we genuinely like each other and we trust each other

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NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.
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