Prior to NCIS, the stereotypical forensic scientist was a white-haired, white-coated, slightly strange old man who didn’t get enough sunlight. The series forever changed that perception when it introduced us to Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) in the first episode, all the way back in 2003.
Sciuto still wore the white coat, but her tattoos, jet-black ponytails, choker collection, quick comebacks, upbeat personality, and caffeine addiction (thanks to all that Caf-Pow) distinguished her as a truly unique character in the world of cr1me dramas. They also helped her become a fan favorite and a favorite of her onscreen team; most notably, she had a mentor/mentee relationship with team boss Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and a will-they-won’t-they friendship with Tim McGee (Sean Murray). (The truth about Abby and McGee’s NCIS relationship is complicated, which is why some fans continue to ship it.)
Perrette abruptly left the show in 2018. Part of the NCIS untold truth is that she blamed her departure on Harmon, claiming he was abusive to her. The show went on, but her fans remained curious about what she would do next. Here is what Pauley Perrette has been up to since leaving NCIS.
‘Broke’ is Pauley Perrette’s return to CBS.
Perrette thought she was done with acting when she left NCIS. “‘I’m retired,’ I told everyone. ‘I’m going to sit on my couch with my dogs and drink beer for a while,’ says the author “In an interview, she stated That lingered for a while: in 2019, she executive produced a short film called The German King, but we didn’t see her on our television screens (outside of NCIS reruns.) Perrette did, however, reconsider her decision to retire. She established some ground rules for the roles she would play, including not playing a mother.
Neither the retirement nor the no-kids rule came into play. Perrette is back on CBS as of April 2nd, starring in the new sitcom Broke. She plays Jackie, a single mother and bartender whose formerly wealthy sister and brother-in-law move in with her and her son after they lose all of their money unexpectedly.
At the very least, the character differs from Abby Sciuto — and not just because the white coat and Doc Martens have been replaced by t-shirts and overalls. Perrette is given the opportunity to showcase her comedic abilities and trade science jargon for straight talk on the show. “This is the most like me I’ve ever played… she’s blue collar,” Perrette says, possibly referring to the seven years she spent bartending before landing her big break.
Pauley Perrette has been keeping herself busy away from the cameras.
Perrette’s IMDB page may appear to be a little light after NCIS, but the actress has been keeping busy with personal projects. For starters, it appears she is returning to her musical roots. That’s right: one of the things you didn’t know about Pauley Perrette before she became an actress was that she was a musician. She sporadically released songs during her NCIS tenure, and it now appears that she is working on new material. Perrette released a song called “Spin Out” on her Twitter feed on March 21, 2020, hinting that there are more songs she hasn’t released yet.
Perrette has also been making metaphorical noise, this time in the political realm. She stated that she supported Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries and considers California Representative and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to be a “beloved friend, like family.” She and Schiff have been collaborating on stalking law reform: in 2017, Perrette told Entertainment Tonight that she had been stalked for the previous 13 years and wanted to prevent it from happening to others.
Perrette also frequently solicits donations for charities. Every year on March 27, her birthday, she asks her followers to donate to their favorite charities. She has worked for the Red Cross and is frequently involved with animal charities, as well as Habitat for Humanity. In honor of her most famous role (so far), she established the Pauley Perrette Forensic Science Scholarship to assist people in pursuing a career in forensic science. One thing was certain: Abby’s generous personality wasn’t a ruse.
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