Exclusive Interview: NCIS star Pauley Perrette, Part 2

In the second part of my interview with Pauley Perrette — the first half of which can be read here — we talk about how she spends her summer vacations, the documentary she’s making, her bakery, and why, though she’s now BFFs with George Lucas, she won’t be in the new Star Wars movie.

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Exclusive Interview: NCIS star Pauley Perrette, Part I

As we all know, some actors get a little nutty when they get a little famous. But not Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby Sciuto on CBS’ wildly popular military crime drama NCIS. While it’s made her one of the biggest stars on TV, Perrette has remained as approachable, kind, and grounded as she was when I first met her fifteen years ago. (That she looks exactly the same as well is just proof, as we all know, that life isn’t fair.)

Consider this: Usually, you interview the star of a big TV show at a fancy restaurant, or on the show’s set, or in the conference room of their publicist’s office. But for this interview, Pauley suggested we go to one of her favorite bars with her fiancé, Thomas, and sit out back. Y’know, by the dumpsters. Which wasn’t the most interesting thing to happen that night.