star Pauley Perrette was born in New Orleans and moved 14 times as a child when her father's job took the family all over the country.
A huge fan of education and forensic science, Perrette graduated college with Honors - receiving her Master's Degree in Criminology.
She is also a published writer, a singer and civil rights advocate. 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.
TV fans of NCIS came to know her as the spunky goth forensic specialist Abby Sciuto beginning in 2003.
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and later moved to New York City to study at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
She also appeared in two episodes of Frasier as Rebecca in 1996.
"I walked into this guy's office and was like, ' I was thinking maybe I could make ,000.' And he hired me for commercials, short films, like 15 jobs in a row," Perrette told .
Set in New York City, the show featured Jennifer Love Hewitt as a new arrival to the city, and Perrette played a building manager who befriends her.
In 2001, as a recurring character introduced in season two of Special Unit 2, she played Alice Cramer, the Unit's public relations person.
She then landed her current role, playing Abby Sciuto, an eccentric forensic scientist, on NCIS, a TV series based on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.