Cote de Pablo didn’t always see herself becoming a famous actor. Actually, her dream career was very different. In an interview with TV Guide, which was shared via a fan’s Facebook account, the actor described what she had in mind for her future job. When the publication asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, de Pablo responded, “I, believe it or not, wanted to be a secretary, much like Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘The Secretary’ … I had clips all over and markers, and you know, the old-fashioned typewriters… I like to follow direction… and, by the way, I became an actor, so I’m kind of doing it anyway.”
Fortunately for her fans, de Pablo discarded the secretary fantasy when she made her way into a performing arts high school. She opened up to Prevention about moving to Miami, Florida, from Santiago, Chile, when she was 10 years old. While she misses her friends and family very much, she stated that she found her niche in the performing art because it allowed her to communicate with people from her new country while still learning English. “My friend had the perfect saying for it: ‘You found your tribe,'” The publication was told by de Pablo. “We’re not Chilean or Argentinean or Brazilian or Russian. We’re actors.”
De Pablo shared her story with the publication.