Criminal Minds Matthew Gray Gubler on Work, L.A
Interviewing Matthew Gray Gubler, currently starring in CBS' "Criminal Minds," might mean singing '80s theme songs together and joking like you've been friends for years (at least that's what happened to me). His love for acting, directing, sketching, Tweeting, his earnest passion for life and people -- really, he's one of the most charismatic and genuine guys around. "The Gube" discussed perpetual life as Dr. Spencer Reid and directing an episode of "Criminal Minds" for the second time.
Wednesday's episode marks your second time directing "Criminal Minds." What's different this time around?
I have more confidence. The first time I was more nervous having never done a TV show and wanting to do the best job imaginable. [This time] it's a very special episode for one of the main characters. It's a high-speed frenzied espionage action/adventure story. We got to do things we don't typically do on our show. I was so thankful to be given the opportunity.
What do you think is your best quality as a director?
Ha! This gives me a moment to kind of sell myself [laughs], so I'll try to say it as modestly as possible. I'm good at listening to actors -- that's the director's main job. You have to learn what each department needs to do their best job. It's about motivating people and getting them as excited as you are.
The last time you finished directing, you cut your hair. What did you do this time?
This time was less dramatic. I opted to get extension dreadlocks [laughs]. No, I didn't do anything.
I just listened to your "Golden Girls" theme song rendition on YouTube. That was hilarious!
[Laughs] I'm pretty proud of that. Not many people know I have the voice of an angel. No, it's terrible! I have one for "Cheers," which is probably even worse.
What's your favorite '80s theme song?
Wow! This is the best interview already! [Laughs] I think the one from the "Karate Kid" ... [singing] ... The training montage. And "Family Ties." That's always been a favorite. Oh, and "The Chipmunks" definitely! What's yours?
Oh, god, I loved "Full House."
Oh, yeah! [Singing] "Whatever happened to predictability ... "
"The milkman, the paperboy, the evening TV!" ... I could do it all day long!
[It's so] sad the '80s theme song is a thing of the past. I wish "Criminal Minds" had one ... "You got yourself a murder, you got to find this murderer ... " [laughs], but I don't think they'd go for it.
You're such a likeable, fun guy. What's your biggest pet peeve?
I'm a very positive, understanding person, but the one thing that drives me insane is entitlement. I cannot stand it.
OK, last question: Best bowling score?
Did you see my bowling video ? I do a dance move that will blow your freakin' mind. It's a really, bizarre dumb dance, but every time I do it, I get a strike. My high score is like 187. I can stand to improve though.
source: LA Times