Newspapers such as The Jerusalem Post cite her as the only full-time Israeli character on an American mainstream network television show, Sasha Alexander's character Kate Todd was killed in the second NCIS season finale following Alexander's decision to permanently leave the show.
Shortly afterwards, series creator Donald Bellisario announced plans to replace Todd with another female lead.
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During a screen test, de Pablo and other actresses were paired with Michael Weatherly, who went offscript by brushing her hair back and commenting, "You remind me of Salma Hayek." De Pablo described her response as follows: "I dismissed him completely.
My primary thought was, 'Don't let this guy get physically close to you.' And, at that moment, everybody in the room started laughing and thought it was the funniest thing in the world because the chemistry between the two characters was perfect." Co-executive producer Charles Floyd Johnson remarked that de Pablo won the role of Ziva for her reaction to Weatherly's departure from the script, saying, "When you get actors who really listen and respond organically in the moment to what they're hearing, sometimes magic happens.
In the season 13 finale, "Family First", in 2016, it is discovered that she has a daughter, Tali, with Anthony Di Nozzo.
is a fictional character from the CBS television series NCIS, portrayed by Chilean-born American actress Cote de Pablo.
Ziva first appeared in the season 3 premiere episode, "Kill Ari (Part 1)", and became a regular cast member from the episode "Silver War".
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