Early Life and Education:

Cote de Pablo is the professional name of Maria Jose de Pablo Fernandez who was born on November 12th, 1979 in Santiago, Chile. When Pablo was 10-years-old, her mother, Maria Olga Fernadez, moved the family to Miami, Florida so she could accept a job at a Spanish-language television network. Pablo first began working at the age of 15 when she hosted episodes of the talk show "Control" which ran from 1994-1995. She has a younger sister named Andrea and a brother named Francisco who works as a disc jockey.

While in Miami, Pablo attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts where studied musical theater. Since so many people in fifth grade could not pronounce her first name of "Maria Jose" she asked people to call her "Cote", a common Chilean shorthand for Maria Jose. Pablo went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her time at University, Pablo studied music and theater and appeared in several plays, including "And the World Goes 'Round", "The House of Bernarda Alba", "Indiscretions", "The Fantasticks", and "A Little Night Music".

Pablo would emerge from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater.


While Cote de Pablo worked even while in high school, her true career didn't get started until after she graduated Carnegie Melon and portrayed Ziva David in "NCIS". Pablo's character in the series is an Israeli Mossad officer turned NCIS agent but it was canceled two days after she was asked to fly out to Los Angeles for a screen test. Throughout her career, Pablo found herself turning down the advances of network executives and actors who would say things while brushing her hair back like, "You remind me of Salma Hayek".

While her career on television never really evolved into anything more successful than "NCIS", Pablo found herself in a number of other series such as "The Street", "The Education of Max Bickford", The Jury", "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride", "The 33", "The Dovekeepers," and "Prototype". Her diverse range of characters has brought the attention of powerful figures. In 2006, she won the Imagen Award at the Imagen Foundation Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Television for "NCIS". She was also nominated the following year.

Pablo was reportedly also nominated in 2008 and 2009 for an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series. In 2001, she was nominated once against for Best Actress in Television, not Supporting Actress this time. Pablo left CBS and "NCIS" on July 10, 2013, but she did not disclose why she was leaving the show and neither did CBS. She managed to find some periodic small roles in the time afterward.

She was cast as the wife of one of the miners in the film "The 33" about the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. The beautiful actress quickly recovered and was soon a hot commodity on the late night rounds. In April of 2016, a writer confirmed Pablo's return to the series and that the show was to feature "three unlikely colleagues—two of them played by de Pablo and Jack Davenport—who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics—a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger."


A few months later, it was reported that SyFy passed on the show but Pablo soon found herself in SyFy's thriller-drama "Prototype". Trying to up the ante, producers at Deadline decided in 2018 they would bring back Pablo and her former castmate Michael Weatherly for the upcoming CBS detective show "MIA". The show "MIA" was written by Shepard Boucher and never made it past the first season. A snippet from the series' bio says, 

"The US government has been designing a new federal system to help control the amount of Missing people's cases decrease. With the FBI and CSI overworked with other cases, the government has finally decided to release their newest idea, the MIA Agency. The MIA agency only has one job and that is to help find anyone who goes missing. MIA Detective Sampson is the founder and recruiter for the new agency and is ready to get the team started on there first mission."

Personal Life:

Only at the age of 15, she hosted a Latin American Talk show control. The show was on air on Univision in 1994 and 1995. She was co-hosted by Carlos Ponce who was a famous host of Entertainment Tonight too. NCIS was a fame earning drama for Pablo. She performed the role of Ziva David. Ziva was an Israeli Mossad Officer who was later become an NCIS Agent. Pablo’s net worth is estimated to be around $6 million.

After moving to Miami, Florida, Cote found that the people around her were facing difficulty in pronouncing her name. While in fifth grade she changed her name to Cote. Cote is the nickname for Maria Jose in Spanish. De Pablo has one sister Andrea and a brother Francisco. There is no news whether she is married or not. She was in a relationship with Diego Serrano, who was her boyfriend and not husband so any news about her divorce is just a rumor. There are rumors that the couple broke up in 2015. The actress is also active for spreading awareness about the prevalence of cancer in females; she was also scared of contracting cervical cancer.

The actress is also active for spreading awareness about poverty and starving children in the world. She was also for the children in places such as Afrtca where proper health care for cancer is expensive and scare. She was in a relationship with Diego Serrano, who was her boyfriend and not husband so any news about her divorce is just a rumor. There are rumors that the couple broke up in 2015. Although it does not appear the 38-year-old is currently dating anyone, she did date Diego Serrano from 2000-2015. That is a pretty long relationship. Pable has appeared as a role model for many Mexican and other immigrant girls who need to know that better lives exist out there.

Last Modified: Apr 6, 2020

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