At times, when she is worried about the caffeine interfering with her sleep, she drinks "No-Caf-Pow" instead.(According to Perrette, the cups were originally filled with Hawaiian Punch, but when she stopped eating and drinking refined sugar, unsweetened cranberry juice was used in its place.) When changing the artwork in her lab during "Hung Out to Dry", she states that she has a "Chagall feeling", a reference to Marc Chagall, a Jewish Belarusian artist whose main works came from fantasy and dreams.The spider web on her neck is not real, either, as producer Bellisario wanted the character to have a tattoo that would be visible (almost) all the time.
On the subject of her character's creation and its purpose, she said "[NCIS creator] Don Bellisario told me that when he created Magnum, P. he wanted to introduce a Vietnam vet who defied the negative stereotype.
So with Abby, he wanted to take an alternative-style person with tattoos and make her someone who is happy, totally put together and successful.
When asked about her depiction of a goth character, she responded that Abby "wouldn't call herself anything but Abby...
What she represents is a smart, capable chick that cannot be reduced to a stereotype." primarily in the form of large cups of a fictional drink called "Caf-Pow".
All the script said about her was: black hair, caffeinated and smart...
She's completely unaware that anybody thinks she looks weird.
What you’re looking for with substance abuse is escape.
But with acting, you can escape into 1,000 different things without almost killing yourself doing it. " Perrette was cast for the role of Abby Sciuto in 2003.
In a season 10 episode entitled "Hit and Run", a young Abby was played by Brighton Sharbino in flashbacks. Donald Mallard, Abby was first introduced in the episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" of the television show JAG (which together served as the backdoor pilot for NCIS), and has appeared in every episode of NCIS, in addition to being featured on the show's spin-offs, NCIS: Los Angeles (two episodes) and NCIS: New Orleans (two episodes).