fans aren't the only ones struggling to say goodbye to resident forensic scientist Abby Sciuto. Actress Pauley Perrette herself admits that she's having a hard time imagining the CBS series without the character she has played for 15 years.
In October 2017, Perrette announced that she will be bidding farewell to NCIS at the end of season 15 in order to pursue other opportunities. Despite leaving the show on her own, she's still saddened by the departure.
"It makes me sad to imagine a world without Abby in it," she told CBS Sunday Morning
. "It really makes me sad."
"I'm still grieving," she continued. "And it's sad. I, like, usually cry in my car every single day when I drive to work. And I usually cry on my way home at some point. And then I take a deep breath, and I go, 'All right,' you know?"
Abby made her first appearance on NCIS in 2003 and has since appeared in every single episode of the series, quickly becoming a fan favorite. Beyond pigtails and tattoos, this goth chick stands out not just because of her quirks but also because of her infectious positive energy and her unique relationship with her co-workers.
"Abby made science cool and attainable for young women," Perrette said of her character. "And this television character did more than encourage it. It made it cool. It made it exciting. It made it fun."
But Perrette's love for Abby surpasses the corners of NCIS. The 49-year-old actress established a scholarship for girls who want to follow in Abby's footsteps so that her legacy will live on. "In honor of Abby, and in honor of young women that want to pursue science and math and forensics," she said.
So what's next for Perrette? She's uncertain about what the future holds. Though there have been many offers, she's pretty content doing things that she loves, including focusing on
the Amanda Foundation, a non-profit animal rescue in Beverly Hills.
"My dogs are my happiness," Perrette said. "They're my reason for living."
"There's a lot of conversations going on, yeah," she added. "And there's me sittin' at home on the couch, drinkin' beer with my dogs. And I'm really good at it!"
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