"@M_Weatherly: Thanks for all the love! #hugsforncisfans #bigwetkiss"
It’s beautiful how many crews are paying tribute to Sarah Jones — “Slates for Sarah”
New Emily Wickersham promo pic added HERE
Michael Weatherly and Charlie Siem - Behind the Scenes
NCIS star Michael Weatherly catches a live recording in London of talented violinist and model Charlie Siem’s exclusive CBS Watch! Magazine score. Stay tuned for more info on Charlie’s April 2014 Watch! Magazine profile.
Here’s the full interview of Michael in Télé 7 Jours.
When DiNozzo cries for Ziva’s departure.
The two-parter episode that starts season 11 marks the departure of the fiery Ziva, played by Cote de Pablo. Confessions of Michael Weatherly, alias DiNozzo, her smitten partner.
(the literal translation would be numb with love, which I love, but I don’t know if it’d make sense in proper English…)
At the beginning of this season, which corresponds to NCIS’s 10th anniversary on M6, nothing’s right for DiNozzo anymore. The special agent quit his job at NCIS in support to his boss, Gibbs, who was targetted in a recent case. His partner, Ziva David, who he’s in love with, has gone back to Israel, her homeland. And he’s going to be the object of a murder threat…
T7J: DiNozzo is going to Tel Aviv to find Ziva, but the lovely brunette won’t come back to Washington with him. Are you satisfied with the way Ziva’s character left the show?
MW: Absolutely. This intense storyline follows up Ziva’s story: the murder of her father, the fact that she feels lost and is looking for her place. The writers coherently integrated Cote de Pablo’s decision to leave. American fans are demanding her return. And I miss Cote a lot.
T7J: Tony and Ziva played a platonic “I love you/I love you not” game for 8 seasons. We’ll never see them in a real relationship now. Isn’t it frustrating for the faithful fans?
MW: But they did share a real relationship! You know, sex is not necessarily the most important part of a real lovestory. Ask any married couple, especially one with young children. Tony and Ziva shared a deep bond, they had the same sense of fun but they also knew how to maintain some mystery between them.
T7J: How does Tony react to Ziva’s departure?
MW: He stays true to his usual defense mecanism: humor. Ziva’s decision is like a romantic break up. Tony is going to go through an existential crisis. We’ll learn that he is part of a men’s support group.
T7J: Were you disappointed by Cote de Pablo’s sudden decision to leave NCIS?
MW: Disappointed, no. Sad on the moment, yes. Cote is a remarkable actress and a very close friend of mine. She wants to focus on doing movies. Selfishly, I would have loved for her to stay because she’s very funny and talented.
T7J: Her last day on set must have been emotional….
MW: Oh yes! The goodbye scene is the last scene we shot. No need to use fake tears on my face. For Cote neither. We then went back to our trailers, arm in arm, and I gave her a big kiss.
T7J: NCIS has been a huge hit in France for 10 years now. Do you have a particular bond with our country?
MW: I do. I went there for the first time in 1988. And I fell in love with your capital city. My first date with my wife, Bojana, was in Paris. I’m also grateful to M6 for NCIS’s success there.
T7J: You have 2 young children: Olivia, 22 months old, and Liam, 4 months old. Is it hard to be both a full-time actor and a devoted father?
MW: Yes. With my wife’s close pregnancies, I spent my time eating. I need to lose weight. When I see myself on screen, I think: “What happened to DiNozzo, he looks tired.”. I hope that the viewers think it’s because of Ziva’s departure. Tony is sad so he compensates with food!
But seriously, can we take a moment and appreciate just how NOT A JERK Michael has been about this whole thing? Because there has definitely been some jerkiness happening on one end of the spectrum, and a whole lot of silence in the middle, and then on the other end of the spectrum, Michael Weatherly and Diane Neal are my king and queen of classy Cote-related behavior.
I love that guy.
Michael Weatherly (about Cote de Pablo's final scene from NCIS 11x02)
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News - Michael Weatherly.
”Et Cote me manque beaucoup. (…) Déçu de son choix, non. Triste sur le moment, oui. Cote est une actrice remarquable et une de mes amies proches. Elle veut se consacrer au cinéma. D’un point de vue égoïste, j’aurais aimé qu’elle reste, car elle est très drôle et talentueuse.
La scène des adieux est la dernière que nous avons mise en boîte. Pas besoin de rajouter de fausses larmes sur mon visage. Pour Cote non plus. On est ensuite retournés aux loges, bras dessus, bras dessous, et je lui ai fait un gros bisou. (…) Ziva et DiNozzo ont partagé une vraie relation ! Vous savez, le sexe n’est pas forcément l’ingrédient principal d’une love story. Demandez à n’importe quel couple marié surtout avec des enfants en bas âge. Ziva et Tony ont eu une grande complicité, ils avaient le même sens du fun, mais savaient aussi garder une part de mystère l’un pour l’autre.”
”The producers coherently integrated Cote de Pablo’s decision to leave. American fans are demanding her return. And I miss Cote a lot. (…) Disappointed in her choice, no. Sad for now, yes. Cote is a remarkable actress and one of my best friends. She wants to do movies. From a selfish point of view, I would have liked her to stay, because she’s always funny and talented.
The goodbye scene is the last one we shot. No need to use fake tears on my face. No need for Cote either. Then we went back to our trailers arm in arm, and I gave her a big kiss. (…) Ziva and DiNozzo had a real relationship! you know, sex is not necessarily the main ingredient of a love story. Ask any married couple, especially one with little kids. Ziva and Tony had a deep bond, they had the same sense of fun, but they also know how to maintain a little mystery for each other.”
”Cote mi manca molto. (…) Deluso della sua scelta, no. Triste per il momento, si. Cote è un’attrice straordinaria ed è uno dei miei carissimi amici. Lei vuole dedicarsi al cinema. Da un punto egoistico, avrei desiderato tanto che lei restasse, perché è molto divertente e talentuosa.
La scena dell’addio è l’ultima che abbiamo girato insieme. Non c’è stato bisogno di aggiungere finte lacrime sul mio viso. Non per Cote. Poi siamo tornati ai nostri box, a braccetto, e le ho regalato un grosso bacio. (…) Ziva e DiNozzo hanno avuto una vera relazione. Sapete, il sesso non è necessariamente l’ingrediente principale di una storia d’amore. Chiedete a qualsiasi coppia sposata, soprattutto con figli a carico. Ziva e Tony avevano una grande complicità, lo stesso senso di divertimento, ma sapevano anche mantenere un pizzico di mistero l’uno con l’altra.”