Why ‘NCIS’ Alum Pauley Perrette Doesn’t Have ‘Interest in Being a Celebrity’

by Joe Rutland

If you think “NCIS” alum Pauley Perrette is even interested in being a celebrity these days, then you will be highly disappointed.

Perrette, who played forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the CBS drama, talked about that celebrity life in 2007 with Pop Entertainment.

“I don’t have any interest in being a celebrity, but I am really proud of being a good actor,” she said. “That’s a weird line. We work this weird celebrity-crazy thing. I guess it’s kind of hard to separate the two. The industry bows down to that.”

The “NCIS” actress said those industry types will look at people for roles after crashing their car while drunk. 

“It’s just strange,” Perrette said. “You have to just keep yourself out there. Also, there are just so many things I want to play in addition to [Abby]. I love Abby. I want to play Abby for the rest of my life. But then on my break time… not that there is a lot…  I took a lot of things in independent film and stuff that I’ve done here and there and even guest star on other stuff that [was] nothing like Abby. I’ve got a lot more to do.”

‘NCIS’ Alum Perrette Left CBS Drama After 15 Seasons On Show

This interview takes place after Perrette had been an actor on the Hollywood scene for more than a decade.

She left “NCIS” after 15 seasons. The hour-long drama, though, is still part of the CBS lineup. It’s currently in Season 19 and can be seen on Mondays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central. Longtime series cast member Mark Harmon left the show last Monday night, leaving a gap as Jethro Gibbs departs.

Is that for good or will Harmon return at some point? Anything is possible, but he’s not planning on retiring anytime soon.

Now viewers of “NCIS” will remember that Abby was a bit eccentric at times. That gets done on purpose.

Donald P. Bellisario Creates Her Character As An Important Cast Member

“NCIS” executive producer Donald P. Bellisario told her where her character came from for the show.

She said he “always likes to put characters out that are portrayed differently from [the normal on] television.”

For example, another Bellisario show, “Magnum P.I.,” showed a Vietnam veteran in a better light. Outsiders will remember that Tom Selleck played private investigator Thomas Magnum on the CBS drama.

When the show appears, Vietnam veterans did get viewed in a negative light.

“He thought alternative lifestyle people…were always portrayed on TV as junkies or thieves,” Perrette said

Bellisario chose to show up as an alternatively dressed character for “NCIS.”

Abby was “not at all a junkie or a thief, but is overly capable. Overly smart. Overly good at her job.”