NCIS fans loved watching the blossoming romance between Agents Ziva David and Tony Dinozzo over the years. But did the actors behind the characters ever get together in real life?
NCIS saw the brief return of Agent Ziva David (played by Cote de Pablo) at the beginning of the year after fans were shocked to find out she was still alive. The former agent helped Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the rest of the team before heading off to Paris where she was reunited with Tony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly) and their daughter Tali. Whether or not they will both ever return for an appearance in the CBS crime drama remains uncertain.
Actress de Pablo joined the cast of NCIS during the third series, following the death of Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander).
At first, it was difficult for the team to get used to someone new after Kate’s death but as time went on, Ziva became a key member of NCIS.
She grew a close bond with Gibbs who continued to look out for her on the show and had a brother-sister relationship with Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray).
But there was one person who she was particularly close to during her time at NCIS.
Ziva and Tony became inseparable while they worked together and developed a close bond throughout the years.
They had a flirtatious relationship which led many to believe the agents would one day together.
Although they have never appeared as an on-screen couple, they did have a fling which resulted in their young daughter Tali.
But did the actors have as much chemistry away from the set as they did as Ziva and Tony?
Did Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly ever date in real life?
De Pablo and Weatherly’s characters seemed so believable as a couple that it sparked rumours the actors were really dating.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Pablo admitted how there was an “immediate attraction” between herself and her co-star.
However, she was referring to the attraction in a professional sense as while Weatherly preferred to change things up, Pablo liked to “keep to the book”.
This made their onscreen relationship more interesting as they had different acting techniques, especially since Pablo comes from a theatre background.
So while fans do hope their romance was real, the pair have never dated in real life.
During the majority of filming for NCIS, Pablo was in a relationship with The Man Who Stares At Goats actor Diego Serrano.
This was until they broke up in 2015, a couple of years after she left the series.
Weatherly was also in a long-term relationship and is now happily married.
The 52-year-old actor married screenwriter Bojana Jankovic in 2009.
He had previously been married to actress Amelia Heinle for two years but got divorced in 1997.
During an interview on Rachael Ray Show, Pablo also said “he’s like my brother”, referring to Weatherly.
Therefore, even though fans were hoping for a real-life romance between the pair, their relationship has purely been platonic.
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