"After I did that first episode, I'd be walking down the street and people would [say], 'What's going on with Tiva?' and I was like, 'Why is everyone talking about a pair of sandals?'" she says. Neal soon learned that "Tiva" is the shipper name for fans who want to see a Tony DiNozzo-Ziva David coupling.
Does Neal, who recurs on the CBS show as Agent Abigail Borin, want to see the two together? "It's hard because once people actually get together it's kind of ruined," she says.
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In the interview below, Neal, who will return to NCIS in the upcoming season, shares her thoughts on whether Borin and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) might hook up and tells us how she'd love to do a comedy.
Season 9 of NCIS premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8/7c on CBS.