‘Ncis’: Did Michael Weatherly And Cote De Pablo Ever Date In Real Life?

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One of the most watched procedural dramas on network television is NCIS. The program appears to have it all, from the intense conflicts to the astute conversation. However, the intriguing, dynamic characters that NCIS introduced are what many fans adore most. Two of the most enduring and well-liked are without a doubt Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David. DiNozzo and Ziva, who were both fan favorites and each underwent their fair share of trauma, were portrayed by Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo, respectively. Additionally, they had sizzling chemistry together on-screen, which made many viewers wonder if Weatherly and de Pablo ever dated off-screen.

Did Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo ever actually date?

According to Nicki Swift, while Weatherly and de Pablo got along smashingly, becoming great friends during the course of their time together on the procedural drama, they never actually dated. De Pablo later joked to Entertainment Weekly that their relationship mirrored that of DiNozzo and Ziva in many ways: “We sort of hated each other immediately, and loved each other immediately. That relationship was established the moment that we met.”

Weatherly noted that he was impressed right away by the focus and intensity of de Pablo’s performance and that he knew she was the right choice for Ziva. “(I) was amazed by the focus and the clarity of (de Pablo’s) performance, and before I knew it, I had fallen hopelessly, desperately into an enchanted spell,” the actor said. What might have hindered romance from forming between the two is the fact that they were both in relationships with other people – de Pablo was dating actor Diego Serrano, while Weatherly was dating his now-wife, Bojana Janković. Weatherly and his lady love would later get married and have two children.

Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David were compatriots and partners

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Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo, who first appeared on NCIS in 2003, immediately established himself as a main character. DiNozzo immediately stood out thanks to his witty retorts and commitment to his work. Although he had great chemistry with almost all of the characters, fans were particularly moved by his friendship with tough, no-nonsense agent Ziva David, who had a troubled history.
Ziva, as portrayed by Cote de Pablo, is an Israeli Mossad officer turned NCIS agent who had no problem standing up to any of the men on the team. De Pablo began her tenure on NCIS in 2005, and she remained on the series until 2013 when the actor opted to step away due to creative differences with the writing team.

Fans loved Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David’s relationship arc

As for Weatherly, he left NCIS in 2016 to pursue other projects. While Weatherly has always expressed his satisfaction with the way DiNozzo’s arc concluded, many fans were left cold with the way things left off between him and Ziva. Throughout the course of the two stars’ time on the show, DiNozzo and Ziva were shown to have a contentious relationship, often bickering with each other and teasing in small ways.

The two agents frequently intervened to save each other’s lives and always stood by one another. DiNozzo and Ziva never pursued a romance onscreen, despite their evident romantic attraction. By having the two characters work together behind the scenes and even have a daughter together, the writers avoided any overt indications of a romantic relationship. Many NCIS fans felt duped by this, praising the couple’s excellent chemistry and speculating as to whether Weatherly and de Pablo had an actual relationship.

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