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The leading ladies on my TV Schedule
October 6, 2010 - Pam Rodgers
I am a big fan of TV. I have blogged countless times about different shows and my television schedule as a whole. I have noticed a few things about the leading actresses in my favorite television dramas. Many of them have been born somewhere else besides the United States. My top two shows, Chuck and NCIS are great examples of this fact. Yvonne Strahovski and Cote de Pablo are both foreign born, but are tremendous on American TV.
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck's Sarah Walker, was born to Polish parents and raised in Australia. While she speaks in an American accent on the show, any off camera interviews will find her speaking in her native down under accent. I think she is amazing actress. She is awesome at the fight scenes but can also to to tender, lovey-dovey scenes with Zachary Levi, who plays Chuck.
Cote de Pablo, plays Special Agent Ziva David on NCIS. While her character's native country is Israel, Cote was born María José de Pablo Fernández in Santiago, Chile. She was raised in Miami, so she is American but her roots begin elsewhere. Cote's character, Ziva is my favorite television character on air right now. She is a former Mossad assasin turned NCIS agent. She is tough, funny and shows affection in her own way. There is a great relationship with Michael Weatherly, who play Agent Tony Dinozzo. It's great to see them on camera together.
These are just two examples of leading ladies from foreign lands. Here is a run down of other examples in my TV line-up. In ABC’s Castle, Dectective Kate Beckett is played by Stana Katic. She was born to Croatian parents who hail from Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and immigrated to Canada where she was raised.
In the NCIS spin off NCIS Los Angeles, Special Agent Kensi Blye is played by Daniela Ruah. While she was born in Boston, her family was Portuguese, and they moved to Portugal when she was five.
In my new show on NBC Undercovers, CIA Agent Samantha Bloom is played by newcomer Gugulethu “Gugu” Mbatha-Raw was born in Oxford, England to a South African doctor and nurse.
In TNT’s Leverage, grifter Sophie Devereaux is played by Gina Bellman who was born in New Zealand raised in London.
My last example is in USA’s White Collar brought a new character, FBI Agent Diana Barrigan played by Marsha Thomason who was born and raised in Manchester, England.
It is crazy how the television and movie industry has grown to involve so many people outside the US. It is truly a global business, and it is making for some amazing entertainment. There are a ton of American born actress who I love to watch. My current example would be from my favorite sitcom Big Bang Theory with the talented native Californian Kaley Cuoco is in the leading lady. I just think it is interesting to think how many of the actresses I like to watch every week are from outside the US. It just shows what a land of opportunity America truly is.
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Yvonne Strahovski with Zachary Levi.