Cote's Zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Early in her career, Cote had to work as a waitress in several restaurants to support herself.
Her first work on TV was co-hosting the talk show Control for Univision at the age of 15, before she went back to fulltime studying in the University.
In 2011, Cote was nominated for a Imagen Award in the category of Best Actress - Television for her role in the TV series NCIS.
In 2012, Cote won a ALMA Award in the category of Favorite TV Actress-Drama for her role in the TV series NCIS.
In 2011, Cote was nominated for a ALMA Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series for her role in the TV series NCIS.
Cote has one brother, Francisco, and one sister, Andrea.
Cote's parents are Francisco de Pablo and Maria Olga Fernandez. They are now separated.
Besides her acting career, Cote also sings and writes songs. Some of her songs have appeared in NCIS.
In 2001, before getting her break in TV, Cote did a stage production of Measure for Measure with the New York City Public Theater.
While she was studying, she appeared in several student musical productions such as Indiscretions, The Fantasticks, The House of Bernarda Alba, And The World Goes 'Round, A Little Night Music and Cloud Techtonics.
In 2000, Cote graduated in a degree in Music Theater from the Carnegie Mellon University.
In 1996, Cote graduated from high school at New World School of the Arts (NWSA), in Miami.
Cote attended the Arvida Middle School, in Miami.
Although born in Santiago Chile, Cote grew up in Miami.
In 2010 Cote appeared in an infomercial for Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty products.
The new official NCIS Soundtrack CD features Cote de Pablo singing the song Temptation which was first heard on the NCIS episode Last Man Standing.
Cote doesn't believe in coincidences.
Cote is very good friends with the whole cast of NCIS, and loves shooting the show despite a hectic schedule.
Cote loves hiking.
Cote made her film debut in the year 2002 by voicing the character Melanie Sanchez in the movie ToCa Race Driver.
Cote was featured in the TV Guide magazine dated 7th November 2005.
Cote de Pablo was nominated for the 23rd Imagen Award in 2008 and for the 24th in 2009 as "Best Supporting Actress in Television" for her performance in NCIS.
Cote de Pablo was nominated at the 2008 and the 2009 ALMA awards as "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Television Series" for her performance in NCIS.
Cote de Pablo is singing 2 songs on the new CD "Vivo En Vida" by Roberto Pitre. The songs are a mix of Panamanian folk music with modern jazz and Latin rhythms.
Cote made her Broadway debut as Dolores Fuentes in The Mambo Kings in 2005. She also worked on the play Measure for Measure as Juliet.
Cote has a coach that helps her with some of the phrases in Hebrew in NCIS.
Cote's mother, Maria Olga Fernandez, has won an Emmy award for "Talent on Camera".
Cote appeared in a Volkswagen commercial in 2004.
Cote is 5'7" (1.70 m) tall.
Cote de Pablo won the Imagen Awards for 'Best Supporting Actress' for NCIS in 2006.
Cote de Pablo caught her earring on a pillowcase when she was a child. As a result of the accident she has been left with a slit in her left earlobe.
Cote: (on being responsible and her personality) I've always had a sense of responsibility—I think that comes with being the oldest kid in the family. Now, I'm getting more comfortable with acting a little younger and carefree because I've been so responsible my whole life. I'm letting go a little.
Cote: (on falling in love) I still get very excited when people say they fall in love. It doesn't matter how old you are, falling in love is a beautiful thing. And I still act like I did when I was a teenager. I get fluttery and tap dance around. I'm never afraid of making funny faces or being completely goofy.
Cote: (on being both Chilean and American) " feel like I'm Chilean and I'm American. I don't feel I'm just one thing. I live in no mans land in many ways because I'm not Chilean and I'm not American… I relate to her more because I am a foreigner more than I would playing just an American person. It was very easy for me to identify with somebody who's a foreigner, who doesn't understand everything.
Cote: (on her belief in God) I have friends who say to me, 'How come you believe in God?' I go, 'How can you not?' I've seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me there's nothing closer to God than that.
Cote: (on her stage name) My real name is María José de Pablo. But when I was in 5th grade, people couldn't pronounce it, so I told them to call me Coty. Then I found out there was a beauty line called Coty, and I hated that! So I changed it to Cote [KOH-teh]. A lot of people don't get it, but in Chile, if your name is María José, they call you Cote.
Cote: (on being asked if she always wanted to be an actress) I actually never thought I'd be an actress. I always thought I was gonna be a singer because it was always what I did. I was a very quiet, shy kid and I was always making observations and I was always sort of hiding behind my grandmother's skirt. I was watching things from afar. It wasn't until I came to this country that I had to sort of crack the shell and develop a voice so that people didn't walk all over me. And so I started expressing myself in many different ways and that's how I landed on a stage in theater class in middle-school and that's the beginning.
Cote: (on keeping a character fresh and three-dimensional) To maintain the fun and the lightness of it, all you have to dig deep into what makes these characters tick. What makes them sad? What makes them laugh? What turns them on?
Cote: (on moving to LA after accepting her role on NCIS) I auditioned and within two weeks I was on a plane and moving to Los Angeles. I had one little bag and moved into a one-bedroom apartment and my life became NCIS.
Cote: (on living in America as a Chilean and her appreciation towards Ziva David's feelings about being an outsider) I feel like I'm Chilean and I'm American. I don't feel I'm just one thing. I live in no mans land in many ways because I'm not Chilean and I'm not American… I relate to her more because I am a foreigner more than I would playing just an American person. It was very easy for me to identify with somebody who's a foreigner, who doesn't understand everything.
Cote: (on speaking Hebrew in NCIS) The few phrases I do use in the show, I have a coach that I study with.
Cote: (on doing her stunts in NCIS) Coming from the theater I love the adrenalin rush from working on NCIS. You get home and you're exhausted, but you feel like you've really worked. It's such a masochistic thing. In one episode we were shooting boxed in a container from 7 in the morning to 12 at night. There's gunfire in the container. We had to pretend the truck was moving so we had to keep ourselves moving the whole time. I remember my knees were all bruised up because I had to fall so many times. That was taxing on the body.
Cote: (on her free time) Most of the time I rest, try to do a movie or just watch them at home. I'm into watching old movies I haven't seen like Roman Polanski's Macbeth. Occasionally I go out with friends, but there's no time to really go clubbing like I used to... I have to take care of myself because if you get sick you still have to work. I'm not much a party animal anyway. I lay low. I like to be grounded by nature, go hiking... go to an isolated island that's not glamorous and touristy at all.
Cote: (on speaking Hebrew for her role as Ziva David in NCIS) Oh, man, it took four days of nothing else in my apartment to learn this. I was so scared, because I'm very good with languages, but Hebrew sounded like nothing I had ever heard.
Cote: I want to get more into martial arts, and I'm taking the Israeli answer to Chinese Kung Fu. There's no fighting there. It's just a matter of breaking down the enemy in three seconds. It's really violent, but I'm doing it more for getting into shape and just to be stronger. I've always been fit, but I want to feel strength coming from the center of my body, which has nothing to do with being mean or anything. It just has to do with doing the right core work.
Cote: (on her NCIS schedule) Our schedules are brutal. We shoot every day with very little time off and we only have an hour for lunch. And we have so much dialogue every day we have to memorize on the spot.
Cote: You always draw from yourselves even if you're playing the most crazy type of person. What you really want is to be three-dimensional.
Cote: It is an incredible show. I am playing a wonderful character. I couldn't be more thrilled. It is a huge challenge for me as an actress. I am so happy to be working with these incredible actors, who are just incredible people also.