PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a big night for NCIS fans Tuesday night with season 10 wrapping up.
One of the show’s lead actors called Pittsburgh home for several years as she perfected her craft.READ MORE: Crews On The Scene Of Vehicle Fire Along I-376 West
NCIS fans know her as Ziva, but Cote de Pablo learned much of what brought her stardom here in Pittsburgh.
Gary Kline, a 25-year musical theater professor at Carnegie Mellon University knew the Chilean-born actress and singer during de Pablo’s four-year tenure in the university’s musical theater program.
And although de Pablo’s voice struck a chord with many in the department, it was her acting chops that landed her a main role on the hit series.READ MORE: Mark Cuban Launches Online Pharmacy Offering Generic Drugs At Affordable Prices
“Her stage presence if phenomenal,” Kline said. “She really has a presence. It’s outrageous when you watch her.”
Barbara Mackenzie-Wood heads up the acting and musical theater department at CMU.
She remembers a hardworking and focused classical actress who stood out early on.
“That’s what I remember about her is her positive spirit,” Mackenzie-Wood said. “Her warmth, her generosity, her kindness. Her openness and a really hard worker she dug into her work 150 percent and it shows — pays off.”MORE NEWS: Victim In Deadly Avalon Shooting Identified