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  • Real name : María José de Pablo Fernández
  • Place of birth : Santiago
  • Date of birth : 12/11/1979



  • Pablo de Cote


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Cote de Pablo (1979)

María José de Pablo Fernández

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María José de Pablo Fernández, better known as Coté de Pablo , is a Chilean-American actress and recording artist. De Pablo has won an ALMA Award for her role as NCIS Special Agent Ziva David in the television series NCIS. She has also embarked on a career as a songwriter and vocalist.


 early life
De Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, to an upper-class Catholic family. She has a younger sister, Andrea, and a brother who works as a deejay. In the 5th grade, she found many people could not properly pronounce her first name of "Maria José" so she asked them to call her Coté (a common Chilean nickname for María José). When de Pablo was ten, 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. She then attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she studied music and theater and appeared in several plays. These aforementioned plays include: And The World Goes 'Round, The House of Bernarda Alba, Indiscretions, The Fantasticks, and A Little Night Music. She graduated in 2000.

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 show All My Children, and in commercials. In 2005, de Pablo was about to make her Broadway debut in The Mambo Kings in 2005 as Dolores Fuentes, but the show closed after a short trial run in San Francisco. Two days after The Mambo Kings closed, de Pablo was asked to audition for NCIS. She was put alongside series star Michael Weatherly to test for chemistry during her second audition; he went offscript by brushing a hair back and commenting "You remind me of Salma Hayek", to which de Pablo stayed in character and "dismissed him completely". Afterwards, Donald Bellisario met with her when she was waiting for a cab to take her back to the airport and told her she got the part.

 personal life
De Pablo is in a long-term relationship with actor Diego Serrano.

As a consequence of her doing her own stunts on NCIS, de Pablo has been injured several times on the show including injuring her neck.

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