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NCIS' Pauley Perrette puts tattooed physique on display in rare photo

The former CBS star has since retired from acting

Pauley Perrette attends Donatella Versace And Dwyane Wade Host Celebration Of The Los Angeles LGBT Center at Los Angeles LGBT Center on March 08, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
14 March 2024
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Pauley Perrette has delighted fans with several glimpses of her private life since quietly retiring from acting after decades in the business.

The 54-year-old star, who was best known for playing Abby Sciuto on the CBS crime procedural drama NCIS, took to social media with another new peek into her life away from the spotlight.

She shared a selfie that she'd accidentally captured while out and about, experiencing California's nature in its finest form, and showcasing the many tattoos running up her toned arm.

Pauley Perrette shares a selfie on Instagram© Instagram
Pauley shared a selfie of her tattooed arm on Instagram

Fans of the star loved her new photo, with many of them also clamoring for her return to the screen, particularly the newly announced Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David spinoff series.

"Will Abby be joining Tiva in the Tony & Ziva Spinoff? I hope so!!" one questioned, while another gushed: "This Canadian is happy to see leaves on the trees in your part of the woods.... lol happy day to you Pauley."

A third added: "On a lovely hike through nature I see, sweet friend," and one also commented: "That's no accident. We love to see your sweet selfie."

Pauley Perrette shows off her toned and tattooed bicep in new photo shared on Instagram© Instagram
The former actress is a lover of some pretty cool ink

Since retiring from the screen in 2020, Pauley has turned her attention to activism and working behind the scenes, helping create several documentaries that shine a light on humanitarian and civil rights issues, particularly those of the LGBTQ+ community.

However, her influence on NCIS remains as strong as ever, 21 seasons into the show, after she spent 15 years on the long-running drama, from 2003-2018.

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That was clear in a recent interview with NCIS: Sydney showrunner Morgan O'Neill (who was also responsible for now-canceled NCIS: Los Angeles) with TV Insider, who spoke about bringing a fresher take to not only the series, but also beloved characters like Abby, in a brand new setting.

"Twofer" -- NCIS is called in to investigate when the body of a missing Navy Lieutenant who disappeared a year and a half ago is located by a cemetery grounds crew while they are relocating caskets on the property. Also, Gibbs and McGee must pass a psych evaluation with Doctor Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo) before officially resuming all work responsibilities, on NCIS. Pictured:  David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Pauley Perrette.© Getty Images
Pauley was a main cast member on "NCIS" from 2003-2018

"The challenge when you're creating another iteration of such a famous franchise is that you don't want to repeat characters," he told the outlet. "You don't want to just take the cookie-cutter version of something and make it your own. 

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"And when it comes to a character like the forensic scientist in a show like this, people go so quickly to the character of Abby because she's so iconic." Watch the heartbreaking moment she left the show below…

Abby Sciuto leaves the NCIS team

Morgan continued: "She kind of defined that role. We wanted to make sure that we weren't replicating that. Then we found Mavournee Hazel who plays Bluebird Gleeson, who is out of her depth. 

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"She has complete imposter syndrome like she shouldn't be there. She's too young, she's too inexperienced. She's carrying a whole bunch of really unusual, interesting backstory that we'll peel away as the seasons go on." 

 Pauley Perrette in NCIS© Getty Images
"And when it comes to a character like the forensic scientist in a show like this, people go so quickly to the character of Abby because she's so iconic."

He added: "But she's incredibly good at her job. She's kind of socially awkward. I just found the combination of all those things made her feel very real to me. I've worked with a lot of people who work in the world of science, and she just felt like she resonated that sense of intellectual power and social awkwardness, which I loved."

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