Cote de Pablo Teases What's Next For Tiva on NCIS

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NCIS Season 10 kicks off September 25, and the premiere promises to be worth the wait.

Perhaps first and foremost among the many burning questions heading into the new season? What's next for Ziva and Tony, a pair whose chemistry has been off the charts since she was first introduced, but whose relationship status has sparked strong debate in recent years among the show's fan base.

Cote de Pablo (Ziva) recently spoke to Hitfix about her character and that very subject.

On the subject of whether Tony and Ziva will get together, she said:

A Ziva David Photo

"I don't know, but it's definitely going to be more explored. [Fans] want more things to happen between these characters. And I think the writers are on board, and they want more things to happen. And I think it will."

On where we pick up when NCIS Season 10 begins:

"Well, the cliffhanger is that we were stuck in an elevator. The bomb exploded and the next thing you know we're on the floor. Nothing else is seen. So, we have no idea what happened."

"The beginning of this year, we're still stuck in an elevator - you find us there - and we have a nice little bit in the elevator, which is so much fun."

On her on-screen chemistry with Michael Weatherly:

"Ironically, the writers just saw the chemistry between these two characters, and they were like, we've gotta do more of this, and Michael [Weatherly] and I jumped. Of course you have to do more of this! This is what we love to do, so hopefully they're going to have more scenes and explore that relationship more. It's always fun for us."

"We embrace it all, and whenever there is tension between the characters, Michael and I take distance from each other. We do; it just happens naturally. It just does. And whenever we have to be more connected, we just naturally come together. It's really funny. So right now we're getting together, and I think the writers are going, oooh, look at the chemistry there, and he and I are like, it's always been there. You just have to seize it. Always."  

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Ziva is so very subtle and nuanced that you really have to be sharp to pick up what is going on with her character.


@smartelic Har har, hardee har har.


Yeah I know janet - sometimes it's hard to tell.


@nat hi nat count down has begun for the new season.thanks for the imfo on cote de pablo didnt know she was that talented


@Janet Hi Janet! Yeah McGee's Mom has never been talked about very much, so it's easy to miss. However, I want make a very important point: Ms DePablo is a CARNEGIE MELLON-trained, Broadway-Seasoned actress, so technically, HER skills actually SURPASS that of at least a few of her co-stars. Cote need NEVER to defend the EXCELLENT chemistry she most certainly DOES have with ALL of her costars - as confirmed in a wonderful article by Mark Harmon himself. I do feel though, that the script she has to follow for the Ziva character sometimes does not accentuate her advanced talents. I think Cote is far, far, more talented & capable than the current writing of her character affords her.


ziva and tony have so much chemistry there is no way they wont get together


I agree with Scorp that Ziva has little actual chemistry with anyone. The writers go out of their way to give her scenes that cover up her lack of chemistry though. She yells most of her lines and has about 3 facial expressions and does quite a lot of posing rather than acting.. She is pretty though.


Scorp, I agree with Mibel. Cote's Q rating is only slighty less than that of Pauley's, so that means she is highly popular with people watching the show. Again, like Mibel said, if she wasn't that popular or had no chemistry with anybody she would have been gone a long time ago. And having seen pictures of her from this year's ALMA awards, I can only say this: if she's fat, then there are a lot of women who would love to be that fat.


@Scorp are you sure you're watching the same NCIS? Because I have to disagree with you on all accounts. Exactly where is the backup stating the fans have back lashed against her? If anything there are more fans of hers then when Ziva first came on the show. Fat-faced freak? Really? Cote is beautiful, and really who cares if her face has filled out? No chemistry with anyone? You need to re-watch some episodes, because you, are wrong. If there was no chemistry I think Ziva would have gone back to Israel a long time ago.


Cote de Pablo just exudes natural beauty and such a talented actress who is loved by the cast, crew & millions of viewers! I can't imagine anybody else playing Ziva David the way Cote does as Ziva is such an intriguing character, even after all these years. She has such an amazing chemistry with everyone, but especially with Michael Weatherly. This fan is looking forward to seeing Ziva's continued growth and the emotional connection Ziva and Tony make as well in season 10. Bring it on, I'm ready for season 10 and what it has in store for Team Gibbs. :-)

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