In 2005, De Pablo was about to make her Broadway debut in The Mambo Kings Cote de Pablo is primarily known for her portrayal of Ziva David, an Israeli Mossad officer turned NCIS agent, in the police procedural drama NCIS.
She had sent in a videotape audition while waiting for The Mambo Kings to move forward and was asked to fly to Los Angeles for a screen test two days after it was canceled.
De Pablo played the role of Marguerite Cisneros in The Jury (broadcast on the Fox Network).
The show was short-lived, screening only 10 one-hour episodes.
She picked up parts in the New York City Public Theater, on the TV show All My Children, and in commercials.When de Pablo was 10 years old, her mother, María Olga Fernández, took a job in Miami, Florida, at a Spanish-language television network.There, de Pablo attended Arvida Middle School and New World School of the Arts, where she studied musical theatre.In the fifth grade, she found many people could not properly pronounce her first name of "María José", so she asked them to call her "Coté", a common Chilean nickname for María José.
De Pablo attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she 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.Little did they know that there was a cannonball coming their way as the couple decided to end their fifteen-year-long relationship in 2015.