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Characterization[ edit ] I'm not trying to play her as if I hope people like my character. I'm trying to make her as three dimensional as I can. I feel people are likable and not likable and I'm trying to find all those nooks and crannies in my character. She's not afraid of men. She takes things to the extreme. She knows how to use all sorts of things—guns and knives—I would never imagine using.
She's one tough woman, but it doesn't take away from the fact that she's still very sexy and playful and all of that. But, when it comes to work she means business.
She approaches her job with zeal, appearing to truly believe in what she does. She is very committed to the ideals of the U.
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In spite of this, Ziva is capable of displaying playfulness,  nearly childishness at times, such as in "Heartland" when she gleefully races McGee to be the first to tell Tony and Abby about meeting Gibbs' father. She is particularly empathetic towards children, as demonstrated in episodes such as " Dagger " and "Outlaws and In-Laws". Ziva is an Israeli Jewand was always seen wearing a Star of David pendant  until her capture in Somaliawhere her captor ripped it off her neck. Shortly before her captivity, she said that she "would sooner die than take this necklace off".
In the aftermath of her father's death in Season 10, she is shown praying in a synagogue, visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and planting an olive tree. Despite having lost friends and family to radical Islamic terrorist groups like Hamas, she does not resent Muslims in general. I put on my cargos, my T-Shirt, my microphone, my hair is usually up in a ponytail and I wear very little makeup. Despite this, she agreed to after executive producer Shane Brennan described the scene. Costume designers wanted to show her acclimation to life in the United States and in doing so made her wardrobe less militarily influenced.
You get home and you're exhausted, but you feel like you've really worked. I hurt my neck, I hurt my groin, my pelvis and I had a couple of injuries that were really hard to deal with. When the NCIS cast was honored by the Red Cross at the Santa Monica Red Carpet in April of that year, co-star Brian Dietzen stated that de Pablo had worked on the scene throughout the previous night until six in the morning and, as a result, was unable to attend the event.
And it obviously presents a huge challenge to me because whenever they throw something else at me I just have to sort of tackle it and go with it. I have a good ear for language and, truthfully, I picked up the language pretty fast. In "Silver War", she said she felt like a "donkey's butt" when she meant "horse's ass". Relationships[ edit ] NCIS team and colleagues[ edit ] The interactions of the NCIS team are often perceived as familial among viewers, and Cote de Pablo has commented, "I've always thought of Ziva as the adopted kid who comes in and has this really funny thing with one of the siblings, which is Tony.
Both Ducky and McGee accept her immediately, with the latter living near her and assisting her in finding the best routes to work. During the course of her hate, Abby scribbles over photographs of Ziva, deliberately mispronounces her surname, and becomes annoyed when Ziva is praised. Ziva's relationships with her colleagues steadily improve, and she invites Gibbs, Abby, McGee, and Palmer over to her apartment for dinner in the third season.
Abby, who thinks Ziva is an excellent cook, begins to soften towards her, as the latter works to earn her friendship, first by helping Abby put a bomb back together for information and later by remembering her birthday. Abby, in turn, expresses concern when Ziva and Tony go missing in "Boxed In".
In the third season finale, the tension comes to a head, and Abby angrily tells Ziva she has no emotions, prompting both women to slap each other. By Season 4, their friendship has grown and Ziva is accepted by the rest of the team, as shown in the season's premiere " Shalom " where Tony and the rest of the team put their careers on the line and vow to prove Ziva's innocence before she is apprehended by the FBI for a crime she did not commit, knowing that their involvement could land them in prison.
By the fifth and sixth seasons, Abby and Ziva are firm friends. When Ziva first appeared, she would flinch whenever Abby would hug her; however, by Season 6, Ziva overcomes her discomfort, and now accepts and returns the hugs. Ziva's relationship with McGee develops to resemble one of a brother and sister. He and Abby both urge Ziva to repair her friendship with Tony in the aftermath of their fallout in the sixth season finale.
Ziva seems to have a good relationship with Ducky. In "Silver War", their friendship becomes more permanent when Ziva saves both of them from death at the hands of a murderer. Ducky is often seen sticking up for her when she has quarrels with Tony. She has also been seen going to him for advice and sharing a cup of tea with him. In Season 7, he persuaded her to briefly open up on the horrific series of events which led to her captivity in Somalia, culminating in her telling him that, "[He] should keep [his] distance [from her] The ones who get too close always end up dead.
McGee, Abby, and Ducky all support Ziva as she prepares to become an American citizen in the seventh season, with McGee even quizzing her for the citizenship exam.
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In the finale, they are all present at her swearing in ceremony. After this is resolved, she doesn't appear to hold a grudge against her boss, and they seem to enjoy each other's company.
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According to NCIS writer Christopher Waild, as a result of the murders of her father and Vance's wife in the same attack, "the tragedy of Ziva and Eli now also extends into the Vance family. The two later have a daughter named Tali. Leroy Jethro Gibbs[ edit ] Gibbs' relationship with Ziva has been called that of a surrogate father figure by executive producer Gary Glasberg,  a tendency that intensified after she severed contact with Eli David following her return from Somalia.
Cote de Pablo explained, "[Ziva's] got what I think you could call anger issues. She thinks she's been betrayed by her family, particularly her father. That's a big deal to her. Which would also explain her love and relationship with somebody like Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Though she often finds it difficult to follow his orders due to the autonomy she had as a Mossad control officer, Ziva looks up to Gibbs as a leader and often restrains herself from resorting to her assassin background in situations where he would not approve.
He often uses this background to their advantage, however, by choosing her to interrogate certain suspects.
I think probably the only person Ziva truly, truly trusts is Gibbs. I don't think she'd put her life in anyone's hands but Gibbs'. I mean, she loves everybody else. But she's been able to explore different things with this person, and he's sort of a father figure in many ways, so I think she feels safe with him, and I feel that he's been the only one really who's seen that level of vulnerability from her. However, while CBS offered Cote a lot of money, she ended up refusing.
She was over the role and wanted to take on different projects. At one point, she gained fifteen pounds within two months.
She wanted to get off the birth control pill since she thought she might want to get pregnant. However, she ended up gaining a lot of weight. It was an eye-opener. Serrano was a party-lover while Cote loved spending time relaxing at home. In interviews, Cote would say that they balance each other out. The reason for their break up is unknown- neither Deigo nor Cote commented on the separation. It was left in the quiet. Cote is a very private person and so she chooses not to publicize the real reason.
She has put all her energy into her career and has done some very great things. However, only when she was 21 years old, her connection to god solidified. Her character specialized in assassinations and sabotage. However, in real life, Cote could never take up such a job. Before the show, she never fired a gun. In fact, she is terrified of guns. She mastered what it was to be a very tough person.
In fact, she used to do her own stunts on NCIS. Since stunts require creating an explosion, there is usually only one chance at shooting it. So there was a lot of pressure to get it right. Luckily, she did eventually heal. That said, she would be more careful from that point on and not take such risk.
However, Cote actually likes the feeling of being anonymous for a bit. She can go back home and enjoy the peace for a while. Except for Cote de Pablo. The NCIS star is very private and is not interested in showcasing her life online. She claims that many celebrities nowadays complain about having no privacy yet at the same time they all constantly update their social media accounts. Hmm, maybe she has a point. She seems to have beat the system that brings everyone dismay.
Zimbio Really they seem to be friends for life! Hope to hear more from them. His Influence Pablo and Serrano were really close.
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Whenever she had any chance, she would never miss a chance to praise him. At first inthe relationship rumors of the Cote and Deigo came in the highlights, however, both kept lips sealed.
Later inthe couple admitted themselves as boyfriend-girlfriend and even more it was reported that they were dating sincesources say. Zimbio During an interview inshe bragged about her long-term relationship and how she was so happy with him. She even said that Serrano influenced her in a bad way, but she loved him for that. He used to tell her to have a chocolate cake while she sat with broccoli and chicken.
Pablo accepted that without Serrano, she would be the most boring person in LA.