Female Stars Of NCIS In Real Life – Then And Now
The show was one of the original series of its kind, and is one of the only shows to continue to date as it is currently airing its fifteenth season. The hugely successful series has seen many faces over the years, including some amazing women roles. What do they look like when they’re not on the show? Let’s find out what those talented women are doing now.
Cote De Pablo as Ziva David
Cote De Pablo played Ziva David, a former Israeli soldier turned special agent, on NCIS. Ziva took over after her predecessor, Special Agent Caitlin Todd, was murdered. Years later, it turned out that her half-brother, Ziva David, was exact the murderer. Ziva finally went back to Israel and died in a mortar attack in 2016.
Cote De Pablo in Real Life
After dropping from NCIS, Cote De Pablo continued to act in the TV miniseries The Dovekeepers and the movie The 33. Her most recent role was Laura Kale in the 2016 TV movie Prototype. Also, she does have high hopes for a singing career and is preparing to release an album.
Juliette Angelo as Emily Fornell
Juliette Angelo began her acting career at a very young age. She performed in her first Broadway performances when she was just eight years old, playing a part in the play How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She continued with Broadway, performing in other performances such as Billy Elliot as well as Mary Poppins. She was also cast to play the role of Emily Fornell for several episodes.
Juliette Angelo in real life
Aside from being Emily Fornell on NCIS, Juliette has had several other prominent acting roles. She had a recurring role on the famed show Shameless, and also had a role on the award winning series Mad Men. She is set to portray a role in the movie Hope Springs Eternal, and it appears that she will continue acting well into the future if her career carries on as it is now. When she is not acting, Angelo enjoys horse riding and equestrian sports.
Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Sumner
She spent 13 episodes on NCIS, working as a personal secretary for a member of the U.S. Navy. Cynthia usually wore suits or other smart outfits, with her hair either tied partially back or worn down. Even though her character had a small amount of air time, it became clear she had a problematic relationship with Leroy Gibbs as he continually barged into the office. When she did grace the screen, she played a very believable part.
Stephanie Mello in real life
It’s been fourteen years since her appearance on the show, and since then Stephanie has found plenty of work on screen, and has been credited in more than 100 television commercials. She many not continue to walk around in suits every day since the show, but she has kept a similar hairstyle over the years. Stephanie still has short, curly brown hair. For the most part, she continues to act in low-key TV shows as well as commercials.
Liza Lapira as Michelle Lee
During seasons three and four, this character exuded a lot of mystery. She was frequently seen sneaking around the NCIS team undetected in her suits. Michelle was employed by the legal team for the force, but she was, in fact, working as a spy. She would constantly try to blend into the crowd so Michelle often just wore plain clothing with her dark hair falling past her shoulders. Trying to be incognito.
Liza Lapira in real life
Since the show, Liza has had plenty of opportunities both on the small screen and in big movies. Over the years she has appeared in Dexter, Super Fun Night, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Fast and Furious, and Repo Men. Since then Liza has made her mark on the red carpet with her glamorous look. Liza is often photographed in stunning dresses, but still keeps her locks long and worn down as she poses for photos.
Scottie Thompson as Dr. Jeanne Benoit
During 2006 Jeanne was introduced to the team as the new girlfriend of Tony DiNozzo but is later revealed that she is, in fact, daughter of Rene Benoit, a known arms dealer. Despite her background, Jeanne is able to charm the team with her good looks and mesmerizing blue eyes. The audience was always waiting for her to rekindle the love of Tony as the two split before her first departure from the show in 2008.
Scottie Thompson in real life
The 35 year old actress returned as Jeanne in 2015 for just two episodes, charming fans as always. Besides acting, Thompson has even appeared on the music video for a song ‘What do you got’ by Bon Jovi. Thompson even appeared in hit movies including ‘Star Trek’ in 2009 as Nero’s wife, ‘Skyline’ as Elaine, and ‘The Funhouse Massacre’ as Sheriff Kate. She is focusing on other big acting projects at the moment.
Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
This character is well known for her gothic dress sense. Not only does Abby usually wear her black hair in the same style- pigtails, but she also accompanies the look with black miniskirts, t-shirts, and dresses which are typically accessorized with gothic jewelry.
Pauley Perrette in real life
Pauley is expected to leave the show at the end of the current season after a whirlwind of fifteen years playing Abby. That means her dark hair may come to an end. Will she go back to her natural blonde hair? In real life, Pauley does have ink of her own, but the majority of Abby’s tattoos are makeup – including the famous spider web on her neck!
Nina Foch as Mrs. Victoria Mallard
Ducky Mallard’s mother, Victoria, is introduced on the show in 2005, but only appears in two episodes. Victoria is also accompanied by her corgis but leaves the show during 2006 when her son confesses she moved away after developing Alzheimer’s. The reality was that his mother had passed away which is discovered after Abby follows Ducky where she uncovers that he was, in fact, visiting her grave.
Nina Foch in real life
Before appearing on the show, Nina starred in many black and white films, especially during the ‘40s, but continued to act until 2007. Nina led a glamorous lifestyle as she was often seen all dolled up with her smart blonde hairstyles and stylish dress sense. In later life, Nina was still rocking the blonde look but had cut her once long hair short. Tragically, Nina passed away in 2008 at 84 years old. She will be missed and her legacy will live on through her work.
Tamara Taylor as Cassie Yates
Cassie entered the show in 2005 where she went on to appear in two episodes. She was a strong character that was working as a special agent for NCIS who wasn’t afraid of wearing her memorable red dress during her first episode. The character mostly wore her hair tied back with her bangs down stylishly, but when she did it was a little past her shoulders. As well as her red dress, Cassie also wore the standard NCIS suit on the show.
Tamara Taylor in real life
Tamara did a lot of modeling work before her time on NCIS, so is used to life in front of the camera. Following from her exit, she landed a role on Bones where she chopped all her hair short. Since then she has been spotted with longer hair than ever before, as well as continuing to look as elegant as ever. At red carpet events, she is always able to steal the show with her sophisticated yet straightforward dress style. She continues to act and has more projects in the works.
Jessica Steen as Paula Cassidy
Paula’s first appearance to the show was in 2003 during the first season. She appeared in six episodes, overall, with her last appearance in 2015. Paula played a strong female role as she wore power suits with her short strawberry blonde hair pulled back out of her face. She was working as a police interrogator initially but was asked to join the NCIS team as a criminal profiler after there was an accident on her original team that ended in their deaths.
Jessica Steen in real life
Before landing her role on the show, Jessica had been in a large string of movies and television shows, including Homefront, Earth 2, Monk, and The Outer Limits. Since then she has gone on to star in Heartland as one of the leading roles where she plays the character, Lisa Stillman. The 51 year old now opts for a blonde do, but life off-screen sees the actress donning a more feminine wardrobe opposed to her usual suit pants and shirts.
Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn
Alexandra’s time on the show was short but definitely sweet as she left a lasting impression on the members of her team and audiences of the show. As she was only part of the NCIS group for one season, so there wasn’t much diversity with Alexandra’s dress sense or hairstyles as she often opted for smart casual. Her shirts were usually accompanied by her light brown mid-length hair being worn down, but she quickly exited the show when she needed to leave to take care of her mother who had developed Alzheimer’s.
Jennifer Esposito in real life
Since her exit last year, 44 year old Jennifer decided to take her color darker as she is now seen with a dark ombre look. Her change is a noticeable difference from her time as Jenny, but we haven’t had a chance to see her back on our screens just yet. However, that could all change soon as she is credited as one of the leads in the film Cigarette that is reportedly in the post-production phases. We look forward to see what direction her career takes.
Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah as Kensi Blye
Kensi was introduced to the show during season one. This character had a turbulent childhood following her father’s murder, but even though her childhood was hard, she was able to maintain a professional outlook on the job. In the show, we saw Kensi have to wear swimwear for some of her undercover missions, but when she was wearing her usual clothes we would usually see her with her brown hair pulled back away from her face while wearing plain shirts and jackets.
Daniela Sofia Korn Ruah in real life
In real life, Daniela has kept her dark hair but kept it longer. She is now a mother of two children, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a fashion icon in magazines. Not only has Daniela done a spot or two of modeling and red carpet work over her career, but she also has an unusual story about her eyes. Daniela has a birthmark known as a nevus of Ota that means that her right eye is almost entirely black, while her left eye is brown. So interesting.
Maria Bello as Jackie Sloane
The latest season of the show is still currently airing, but after appearing in the fourth episode, Jackie has already managed to make quite an impression on the team. Jackie joined her fellow NCIS colleagues as a special agent on the major case response team. The rumors are, that she will be made part of the main cast very soon. We will just have to watch and see.
Maria Bello in real life
Maria has appeared in films such as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Grown Ups 2, and Lights Out over the years, and is quite a regular on screen. Her love life is often written about in the press, but she keeps a good job of laying low and not letting rumors affect her. She is very involved in events for women’s rights and is a strong activist.
Alicia Coppola as Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman
Alicia Coppola began her career as the host of MTV’s Remote Control, and her career quickly shot up from then onwards, playing a role on the soap opera Another World for three years. She would go on to appear in the television show NCIS, following roles in Trinity, Bull, Star Trek: Voyager, and even played a cannibal on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She was tapped to play the role of Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman while on NCIS.
Alicia Coppola in real life
Alicia Coppola has continued to act and build her film and television reputation. She has since, followed down the crime drama route, gaining roles in Jericho, Lie to Me, Common Law, and others. She has also appeared in Two and a Half Men, The Young and the Restless, and even on Teen Wolf. Alicia Coppola is married to writer/producer/actor Anthony Michael Jones. Jones is known to fans of General Hospital as Father Coates.
Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan
Jamie Lee Curtis is a world famous actress. She got her first role in a movie in the cult classic Halloween, and found fame in her first starring role on television in the show Anything But Love. She also was seen acting in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, as well as The Drew Carey Show. While on NCIS, Jamie Lee Curtis played the role of Dr. Samantha Ryan, one of the show’s principal love interests.
Jamie Lee Curtis in real life
Jamie Lee Curtis is not even close to being finished acting. She played the role of the mother in the movie Freaky Friday, had a prominent role in New Girls, and was a main character in Scream Queens. Curtis has taken a bit of a break from acting, and has been focusing on her love for writing children’s books, with 10 being written and published so far. She is multi talented and we can’t wait for more of her work.
Margo Harshman as Delilah Fielding
Margo Harshman started her acting career extremely early, with beauty pageants as a young girl. She then began her full on acting career at the age of eight years old. Her first ever movie role was in The Elf Who Didn’t Believe, and then she became a prominent star of the show Even Stevens. She eventually began reprising the role of Delilah Fielding on the hit show NCIS.
Margo Harshman in real life
Margo Harshman has had one of the more successful careers we’ve seen with child actors. She starred in Run of the House, had a role in Grey’s Anatomy, 90210, Bent, Bones, and made for TV movie The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend. However, the way that a lot of non-NCIS viewers would know her is due to the role she played as Sheldon’s assistant on The Big Bang Theory. This is a child actor that has gone far.
Jacqueline Obradors as Paloma Reynosa
Jacqueline Obradors featured in three episodes of NCIS as Paloma Reynosa. Paloma’s character was the head of the Reynosa cartel and the daughter of the illegal substance dealer Pedro Hernandez. Hernandez was killed and Paloma took over for him and sought out revenge against his killers. In the 8th season, Paloma plans to exact her revenge against Shannon Gibbs by trying to harm her father but he actually escapes. NCIS foils every plot that Reynosa tries to carry out and she is eventually killed at the hands of her brother. Spoiler alert.
Jacqueline Obradors in real life
Obradors is most known for her roles in the film Six Days, Seven Nights and Unstoppable. Obradors has had more success in the television world and her longest standing role was as Detective Rita Ortiz on NYPD Blue. Obradors was even nominated for ALMA Award for this role. Since then, she has appeared in shows inducing Cold Case and Lopez. Obradors is married to Juan Garcia who is a film producer.
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