Tony Dinozzo of NCIS made a reference to actor Michael Weatherly’s most famous relationship in a classic episode of the CBS drama.
The cast of NCIS has changed dramatically since the show’s inception, with even Agent Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) leaving to start a new life away from the drama. One of the other original agents was film buff Tony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly), who was a ladies’ man throughout the CBS police procedural’s 13-season run. Weatherly fans may recall DiNozzo mentioning a very real-life relationship of his on NCIS.
On the set of Fox’s Dark Angel in 2000, actor Michael Weatherly met Fantastic Four actress Jessica Alba.
They began dating soon after, but their relationship was fraught with controversy because she was only 18 at the time and Weatherly was 30.
Despite this, their romance lasted more than three years, and the couple even got engaged.
Weatherly chose to propose to Alba on her 20th birthday, which she accepted, but it was not to be.
Weatherly and Alba split up shortly before Weatherly was cast in NCIS.
Alba told Cosmopolitan in 2005 that she was “so young” when they started dating and that they came from very different worlds.
“I don’t know,” Alba explained (why I got engaged). I used to be a virgin. He was 12 years my senior.
“I assumed he was correct. My parents were furious. They are extremely religious.
“They believe that God would not have allowed The Bible to be written if it did not contain what they are supposed to believe. “I’m completely unique.”
DiNozzo made a reference to Weatherly’s famous ex-girlfriend in 2006, a few years after they split up.
During the season three premiere, Hiatus Part 1, the agent tells the team that he has a “better chance of hooking up with Jessica Alba” than accomplishing what the terrorist group they were investigating was attempting to accomplish.
Weatherly and Alba’s relationship ended before NCIS began, with Alba declaring that she would never date an actor again because it was “just hard.”
In 2008, she married producer Cash Warren, with whom she has three children.
Weatherly has also found happiness with Dr. Bojana Jankovi, a Serbian internist.
They married in September 2009 and have two children together, Olivia and Liam.
Weatherly was previously married to Loving co-star Amelia Heinle, whom she divorced in 1995.
They split up in 1997, a year after she gave birth to their son August.
NCIS is currently on hiatus for the holiday season, as is customary.
The drama last aired on Monday, December 6, and will not return until the New Year.
Episode 10 is set to air on CBS on Monday, January 3, 2022.
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