Pauley (On her NCIS character’s real appeal): I think part of it is that she’s super smart. I want to be her when I grow up. She’s certainly not your typical one-dimensional anything: scientist, alternative person or genius. She’s like the girl next door - in chains and a choker collar.

Pauley Perrette (On her NCIS character, Abby): Abby's great! Abby's my idol! I want to be her when I grow up.

Pauley Perrette: My whole goal was to be able to work in television and film and maintain a normal life, never be in a tabloid.

Pauley Perrette: I know everything about her, Elizabeth Short. I've been obsessed with crime since I was a little kid, and I've been studying as if someone assigned me that case for years and years, since the first time I saw the crime scene photo.

Pauley Perrette: There is no telling what is going to happen in the music business in the next few years, hours, minutes, seconds. Giving artists the chance to produce and distribute their own material is great, very empowering. The technological changes that are happening so rapidly now, amongst all the opinions, are in truth, only two things, inevitable and unstoppable.

Pauley Perrette: I love working with new directors. There's so much drive and effort. It still comes down to the character for me, but if it's a character I really want to play, I would never not do the project because of a new director.

Pauley Perrette: I was a bartender in New York and I overheard this girl saying she made $3000 doing a commercial. A kid at work told me, 'Hey, I know this director and he'd really like you!'. So I walked into this guy's office and was like 'I was thinking maybe I could make $3000' and he hired me for commercials, short films, like 15 jobs in a row.

Pauley Perrette: I ended up in college by accident. Everything in my life, I ended up in by accident. I was down south in this high school doing whatever. It could just not contain me. I quit school and took off and traveled around. Nobody knew where I was I just couldn’t handle it anymore. It was a big scandal, I was gone. I left.

Pauley Perrette: I'm a big fan of [James] Ellroy. The reason I got turned onto him is because I've been obsessed with the Black Dahlia case forever and ever.

Pauley Perrette: (on her character in NCIS) She's such a cartoon character. Right after the show started, people told me that people dressed up as her for Halloween all the time. Think about it, ponytails, a tattoo, lab coat, done. It's cute.

Pauley Perrette: I think that the very best and most important part of the show, that’s gonna stick with people is going to be the fact that Mark Harmon is so dreamy.

Pauley Perrette: I was a criminal science fanatic and went to study it in college as well and I think that helped me [on NCIS] because I was comfortable with the language, I had studied criminal science in school for years.


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