|Cote News, NCIS News • By Nici • 4 Comments|
Last week at a party, we ran into star Cote de Pablo, who plays a Mossad agent taking down suicide bombers. We pumped her on the tricky business of being on an extremely popular show that coastal America doesnâ€™t watch.
Explain the phenomenon of NCSI.
You mean NCIS? Publicity to do the show abroad is completely different from publicity to do the show here. There itâ€™s hip; young people watch it. Here, they donâ€™t know what to do with it. Itâ€™s doing so well that no one here wants to spend money on publicity. Itâ€™s the show that youâ€™re like, Eh, whatever, but in Middle America, the ratings are huge.
What about in New York?
In New York and L.A., which are big TV markets, people stop me, but itâ€™s not like any of the other shows, which I really like. Michael Weatherly [who plays a flirty former homicide detective] just got in from Australia, and all he had to say was, â€œCote, the show is huge. I canâ€™t walk down the street. And I am so happy nobody knows who the hell we are in L.A. because I can go out in my funky outfits and nobody cares.â€
You play an Israeli. How did they react when you went to Israel?
I thought nobody would know who I was, but I would go into restaurants and people who were in their forties and fifties would gasp. People start waving at you; they think theyâ€™re your friend. And of course I have no idea who they are. Theyâ€™d always come up to me and ask if Iâ€™m Jewish.
Do photographers chase you down?
Iâ€™m still pretty incognito. Iâ€™m like a hippie. I like being able to walk in my ugly pants with my hair pulled back, just getting out of yoga class and not having to worry. The paparazzi donâ€™t follow me. And Iâ€™d say thatâ€™s a blessing. â€”Jada Yuan
Source: New York Magazine