Flying in the face of her many years gunning down on-screen villainy on NCIS, it turns out that Cote de Pablo really, really doesn’t like guns. Like, at all. She said as much, speaking with Gayle King in an interview on the subject of de Pablo’s work on the show. De Pablo described her first day at the shooting range, preparing for the years of primetime marksmanship that would follow. “They gave me the gun,” she recounted, “you know, and they said ‘you’re gonna hold the gun and blah blah blah,’ and I thought ‘oh God,’ you know? ‘Be very strong, because you don’t want to show them that you’re weak.’ So I held that gun, and I remember holding the gun and just trembling.”
The actress, who would go on to win ALMA and Imagen awards for her portrayal of Ziva David, isn’t alone in her discomfort. Other performers who have expressed trepidation about the use of prop firearms at work include James Bond actor Roger Moore, who would unintentionally blink any time he fired 007’s Walther PPK after a firearm accident in his youth led to a rifle “blowing up in his hands,” according to his memoir, My Word Is My Bond. Meanwhile, it remains uncertain whether or not David McCallum, who plays medical examiner Ducky on NCIS, is actually comfortable slicing open the bodies of the recently deceased.