Fans might best recognize Pauley Perrette as the quirky goth genius Abby Scuito on NCIS, but these days she looks very different. Three years after quitting the hit police procedural, the actress ditched her signature black hair for a much more colorful look, Perrette is now sporting a new rainbow.
The 52-year-old actress’ new color has been on display in all of her recent social media posts. She was seen rocking the vibrant colors in a June 21 Twitter photo showing her alongside her former NCIS co-star Brian Dietzen, who stars on the show as Dr. Jimmy Palmer. In the image, Perrette was also holding her rescue dog Rosie. Although Perrette’s hair was swept back in a bun, shades of yellow and pink were still visible. Perrette also rocked the new look in an article from June 1 in which she expressed her support for Britney Griner, the WNBA star who has been detained in Russia since February 17 after authorities discovered vape cartridges containing a cannabis derivative.
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) June 22, 2022
Perrette first debuted the new hair color in November last year. Share a collection of four photos Showing off the new look, the actress wrote, “I’m a rainbow!!!” She also revealed in the hashtags that the dye job was a “DIY” effort. Fans certainly seemed to like the new look, with comments immediately pouring in dubbing the “beautiful” and “gorgeous” style and even a person writing“What a beautiful spectrum of colors!”
The colorful style marked a stark contrast to the look Perrette donned for years as she played Abby Scuito, the lead forensic scientist of NCIS’ Major Case Response Team. With her signature goth look and her ability to help the Naval Criminal Investigative Service solve cases, Abby de Perrette quickly became a fan favorite. However, after 16 years, 15 seasons and over 350 episodes, Perrette left the show in May 2018.
Since her NCIS outing, Perrette took a break from acting. After his CBS sitcom Broken was canceled after just one season, the actress announced in October 2020, “I am finally (after over 4 decades!!!) not under contract to any studio, record label or modeling agency and I can do ANYTHING I WANT!” In a follow-up tweet, she confirmed, “I’ve finally and happily retired!” In an April update, the actress said she was just here on earth to study what [Bizarre Human Experiment] and WOW! The entertainment industry is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY! I love you all!!!”