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Pauley Perrette: Goth go-to gal on drama ‘NCIS’

December 13, 2011 • National News


FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, actress Pauley Perrette arrives at the 2011 Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. Perrette portrays Abby Sciuto, the Goth lab rat on CBS’ crime procedural, “NCIS.” In its ninth season, “NCIS” remains a smash hit, averaging 20 million viewers a week. (AP Photo/Kristian Dowling, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — It figures that Pauley Perrette would excel playing forensic scientist Abby Sciuto, the Goth lab rat on CBS’ crime procedural, “NCIS.”

On the job in her high-tech lair, Abby is an information magnet and a bloodhound for clues to help crack the latest case with a link to the Navy or Marine Corps. And in the process, she’s brainy, beautiful, charmingly quirky and totally gung-ho — which is to say, a lot like Pauley Perrette.

In its ninth season, “NCIS” (which airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST) remains a smash hit, averaging 20 million viewers a week. And even among its crazy-popular ensemble (including Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Sean Murray, David McCallum and Rocky Carroll), Perrette is a standout, having landed at the top of a recent Q Score roster measuring TV stars’ fame and likability among viewers.

But in person, as herself, Perrette can even upstage her performance as Abby. Hear her jazzed accounts of a life that led from her Atlanta upbringing to a role on one of TV’s hottest shows:

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