HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Actress Cote de Pablo arrives at the AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Centerpiece Gala Premiere of "The 33" at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
TV - Movies
What Cote De
Pablo Really
Struggled With
When She
Returned To NCIS
Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David was a fan favorite on “NCIS,” but after her exit in Season 11, Pablo said that she would only return to the series if there was something better and more involved written for Ziva. She would get that wish in 2019 when she returned in Season 17 for four episodes, but her return did cause a struggle in a way you might not expect.
According to an interview Cote de Pablo had in 2019 with BUILD Series, returning to "NCIS" after a few years away was a challenge for one specific reason — the fight sequences. Pablo explained that often getting the fights right on "NCIS" can take three hours or more, depending on their complexity.
"You know it's funny, I mean, I'm a gym person, and I go all the time and everything," Pablo noted of her physical preparedness for fight scenes. She explained that reading the script and seeing those words is always intimidating, but Pablo still wondered if her struggle was due to being away for so long.