After 15 years on NCIS, Pauley Perrette is saying goodbye to her character in the most heartfelt way. The actress is making sure Abby’s legacy continues after her departure in the form of two scholarships aimed to help women build real-life careers in science and math.
While Abby’s legacy is secure, Perrette recently admitted that her final episode was one of the most emotionally draining experiences in her life.
Perrette shockingly announced her exit from the crime drama last fall. Her character’s final episode was on Tuesday’s finale and Perrette admitted that she knew filming it would be “heavy.” Despite all the emotions, Perrette did her best to remain tough and give her final episode everything she’s got. The result was an emotional roller coaster and one of the best NCIS finales to date.
But all of Perrette’s hard work came with an emotional toll. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress confessed that her emotions were running high when filming Abby’s final scenes.
“I was emotionally exhausted at the end of every single day. It was so heavy, but it’s probably the best work I’ve ever done,” Perrette explained, adding that the rest of the cast and crew thought the same thing.
Following the emotional finale, Perrette took a break from work and decided to take some alone time at home. Things unfortunately didn’t go as planned. While Perrette was relaxing with her dogs, one of her pipes burst and it took plumbers all day to fix it. That night, Perrette’s cable got cut off. Luckily, things have slowed down since then and Perrette is really looking forward to more time off.
As far as Abby’s legacy is concerned, Perrette officially started two scholarships for women seeking to pursue careers in criminal justice. The actress is working with Valdosta State University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and hopes that her work on NCIS will inspire women to work in the field.
Although she played a fictional character on the show, Perrette went to school for criminal justice. She attended Valdosta State and received a degree for criminal science, sociology and psychology. She also planned on going to John Jay School of Criminal Science to complete her Master’s degree, but landing a role on NCIS changed all of that.
Pauley Perrette’s last episode of NCIS was the Season 15 finale, which aired Tuesday night on CBS.