Chilean actress Cote de Pablo has been named Favorite Lead Actress in a TV Drama in the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards, aimed at recognizing the top Latin American actors and performers working in the US entertainment industry.
De Pablo, who had previously received two unsuccessful ALMA nominations, plays the role of Agent Ziva David in the popular US television series, NCIS.
Competing in the same category were other well-known actresses such as Eva La Rue, from CSI: Miami, Francia Raise, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Sara Ramirez, from Grey’s Anatomy, and Sarah Shahi, from Fairly Legal.
According to La Tercera, De Pablo dedicated the award to the 21 victims of the tragic plane accident in Chile at the beginning of September.
The Santiago-born actress studied at Carnegie Mellon University and has lived in the United States for the past 10 years. She joined the cast of NCIS in 2005 and has appeared in over 130 episodes of the popular program, which regularly attracts over 20 million viewers. She recently renegotiated her contract with the successful television series and is now earning US$120,000 per episode.
The gala award ceremony was held in Santa Monica and was hosted by comedian George Lopez and Desperate Housewives actress, Eva Longoria. Other winners on the night included Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Antonio Banderas and Pitbull.