"If people like me, fantastic. But I’m not trying to please people."
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|| Cote de Pablo @ MAPR - Nov. 9, 2013
NCIS fans have long memories. They fondly recall the scene back in Season 4 when Ziva David, then still a visiting Mossad agent, announced to Tony DiNozzo, “I will kill you 18 different ways with this paper clip.” So when the woman who so engagingly played Ziva for eight seasons, Cote de Pablo, announced she was leaving the series, grief-stricken devotees sent paper clips to CBS in protest. But even that couldn’t keep Ziva attached.
"On a September day in New York, I’m looking out my balcony, and I still miss my family," says de Pablo, thinking about not being on the Los Angeles set in the fall for the first time since 2005. "But they’re with me all the time, every day, and that won’t change." De Pablo is speaking with TV Guide Magazine exclusively after her abrupt decision not to renew her contract just prior to the start of production on Season 11 (which kicks off Tuesday at 8/7c on CBS).
As for the fan outpouring, she says, “I was incredibly moved by the blind support people had without ever getting reasons as to why I left. People trusted that what I was doing was what I needed to do, and that’s unconditional love from people who don’t even know me. That’s been the most beautiful thing out of this process.”
The love de Pablo felt from fans is being returned in a farewell hour that airs Oct. 1 and is easily the most anticipated episode in the history of TV’s top-rated drama. It will finally provide some clarity to the long-simmering feelings between Ziva and Michael Weatherly's Tony DiNozzo. “As far as the 'Tiva' fans, they'll get a resolution they've awaited for years,” she says. “There is a level of confession. And if it takes a big change like this to stir things up, it's all for the better. I'm a fan of the show!”
Such mixed feelings may only deepen the mystery of why de Pablo left. Clearly, there was a last-minute impasse no one wants to discuss, beyond the network’s insistence that money wasn’t a factor. “As far as my decision to leave, that’s a personal thing, and I’d rather leave it at that,” she says. “The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing — at times terrifying.”
She has no grand scheme for doing a sitcom or movies. “Leaving NCIS was not planned, so there is no plan. If I were panicking now, it would defeat the purpose. I need to get really excited about something, because for eight years I was really excited about this character. I don’t want to start anything unless it’s like that.”
Bittersweet is the word she inevitably uses to describe how it felt to wrap up her storyline at the -beginning of Season 11. “Did I want to leave under those circumstances? That’s another story,” she says. “But I’m not of the belief that you just take off and leave fans hanging. A lot of people don’t get the privilege of going back to a set and being able to say goodbye to people. I left under my terms, and that was wonderful.”
The final shoot was “a beautiful day — a quiet, intimate set,” she says. “I’m horrible at saying goodbyes, because I’ve been saying goodbyes ever since I left my country [Chile] when I was 10, so even though I did not utter the word goodbye, I was able to hug them and let them know how much I loved them. And that’s all that matters.”
"We wanted to give her the most graceful, emotional payoff we could," says exec producer Gary Glasberg. “It was a pretty magical moment. Cote took it and ran with it, and the emotion you’ll see on screen is very real.”
Ziva’s most intimate moments were with Tony, and de Pablo enthuses over “getting to close things off with my partner in crime, Michael. My first scene ever in the bullpen was with Michael, and my goodbye scene was with Michael. I feel like that was a beautiful way of ending — for now, certainly — a beautiful chapter between these two.”
Did she say “for now”? Although you get the feeling any reprise would be years in the future, de Pablo has a surprisingly hopeful, never-say-never answer when asked if she could ever return for a cameo or something bigger. “The greatest thing about this last episode is that Ziva doesn’t die,” she says. “As long as a character doesn’t die, the character can always come back. Not that it would actually matter, because we bring back characters from the dead all the time on NCIS!”
Notice her use of the present tense and the word we. De Pablo may be almost as reluctant to let go of Ziva as all those paper-clip wielders are.
"What I would say to any woman in the world, regardless nationality or culture, is to never limit yourself to what others may think you are. The greatest thing I think that any person has should is to allow themselves to experience fully, and by that I mean in whatever they want to be."
|| Cote de Pablo - Latina Magazine photoshoot - pics in better quality » HERE
PLEAS PLEASE PLEASE SIGN THIS:
For 8 years, Cote de Pablo has been an intrinsically important part of the CBS smash hit that is NCIS. Voted TV’s Sexiest Law Enforcement Officer, and even one of the US’s all time favorite celebrities, Cote has delighted us with her presence on the show as her beautiful yet deadly character Ziva David.
Now after an 8 season run with her on board, the 22 million average viewers of NCIS are forced to look at the bleak future of a program without her, and that is something that has shocked and devastated a large amount of people.
Ziva is a character that has inspired many girls and women to become the people they are today: to not give up through hardship, fight for their own happiness and find your family. She has taught values such as strength, resilience and courage. I know she has been a huge role model to me personally and it absolutely devastates me to see her character written off like this after such a long time.
So this is why I am making this petition today: please bring Cote back! NCIS isn’t NCIS without Cote de Pablo, and this is on behalf of all viewers out there who feel the same.
Okay, just listen to me talk for a while.
This is phrased badly.
The petition should be something like ‘Stop disrespecting your female employees to the point where they choose to leave’ or ‘offer Cote the salary rise she deserves so we don’t lose a beloved character’, even though, realistically, this petition only would have been useful months ago.
I get the sentiment, I really do. But CBS didn’t fire Cote de Pablo, they just treated her badly enough that she felt the need to leave herself. In which case, this petition is disrespectful to Cote’s wishes and completely useless, CBS were not the ones who axed Cote, she left herself. In the end, a character, no matter how beloved, pales in comparison to the treatment of the actress who plays her. Cote left rather than be degraded by a network who systematically disrespect their female employees (see, Melina Kanacaredes from CSI;NY, see Paget Brewster, AJ Cook and Rachel Nichols from Criminal Minds), CBS doing these things is not new. Cote is the latest in a long line of women who have been mistreated by the network.
Cote left because she was treated terribly when her male co-stars were not. Her contract was up, she was not obligated to stay, and since she felt she was being treated like a doormat rather than a person, she chose to exit the show even though she obviously wanted to stay on (her incredibly long negotiation period is testament to this). She put her principles before basic wants, and I respect her more than I can say for that decision.
The first ncis episode I saw eight years ago, was Ziva’s first episode. As I got to know the character, I learnt all about ncis with Ziva. She is special to me. And I would love to have her back rather than lose her, but realistically it’s not going to happen, filming starts this week, scripts are already written. It is not going to happen.
I respect the principle, if CBS sees a massive online support for her they might realise they’ve made a crap move, but that still doesn’t bring Ziva back. It just shows that Ziva’s fans are being disrespectful to Cote’s wishes. She chose to leave, so I fully support her decision and wish her the best in whatever work she gets from this point onwards. Even if she had been fired, I would still have fully supported her in any work she took on, but If Cote wanted to stay and was forced out then I would have signed the petition. It is subtle, but there is a difference. I would have signed the petition if it were one to list the people unhappy with CBS’ actions just so they know just how many people are angry at them.
I object to the network using women, degrading them. I will sign any petition against those things. But this petition? This is asking cbs to heckle Cote when she has already decided what she wants. And we may not like it, but she has chosen to go.
NCIS is going to lose something great without Cote in it, and damn I wish the network weren’t so sexist that she could be back, but in the end what Cote did proves she believes in equality. And instead of begging a network to take her back against her wishes, I will fight tooth and nail against their sexism on her behalf as well as the others I am angry for.
I’ve lost a lot of great female characters to CBS’s misogyny, Ziva is the latest on a list that is far too long, and in Cote’s spirit I will not enable the network into thinking it should further disrespect her wishes. I can’t do much, but I can say that it’s wrong. I will point it out when they’re wrong, because the only way this treatment will stop is if it becomes socially unacceptable for CBS to do such horrible things. This petition is further encouraging cbs to disrespect Cote’s rights, the reason she left to start with was because they disrespected her. Enabling the same sexism that caused her exit is the last thing that will help.
There are ways to get this to stop, probably not in Cote’s situation, no. But to stop it from happening again. This, however, is counter-productive, you are enforcing the network’s belief that they can disrespect Cote’s wishes by doing so yourself. Which will only increase their resolve that it is okay to do such things themselves. To stop CBS treating women like this, we have to ourselves.
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