07:48 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 09/24/2013 04:45PM
Cote de Pablo shocked NCIS fans in July when she announced that she was leaving TV's number one drama after eight seasons.
But the actress – who has played fan favorite Ziva David since the show's third season – never revealed the reason for her departure, and in a new interview with TV Guide she says she's not going to.
"As far as my decision to leave, that's a personal thing, and I'd rather leave it at that," de Pablo, 33, tells the magazine. "The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing – at times terrifying," she says.
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Cote de Pablo has spent the last four years playing Ziva David on NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service as a no-nonsense low-maintenance woman. But on the show's season premiere Tuesday, she breaks out a new glamorous style.
Your character on NCIS is usually pretty low-maintenance in terms of fashion, right?
Cote de Pablo: From what I've been told, I'm one of the quickest girls in the business as far as getting ready everyday for NCIS. I put on my cargos, my T-Shirt, my microphone, my hair is usually up in a ponytail and I wear very little makeup.
Was it difficult becoming glamorous?
Cote de Pablo: On this particular thing, getting into the dress was not such a big deal, but I had to be taped onto it because it was such a sexy dress that if I made the wrong move, it could fall and parts of my body could be revealed.
What did you think when you saw the dress?
Cote de Pablo: There is no back at all, which is exactly what we wanted. I thought this was sort of a good time for me to glam up the character. We decided we wanted something sexy but long that revealed a lot but wasn't short or vulgar in any way. It had to be sexy and provocative, but in a long, sexy, sleek way.
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