by Joyce Eng
Criminal Minds star makes his series directorial debut with Wednesday's episode and had a way easier first day than he expected.
"I was hoping for some of [the actors] to give me a hard time, but no one did!" he tells TVGuide.com. "But [joking aside], everyone was great and extremely supportive of me, which certainly made the whole experience even better."
It's an experience that's been years in the making. Gibson, who's the show's second cast member to direct after Matthew Gray Gubler ("he's very good," Gibson says), had always wanted to helm an episode, but could never work out the scheduling. The actor lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his family and commutes to Los Angeles for the week to shoot Minds. "[Directing] is basically a month," he says. "The prep is a week-and-a-half, then a week-and-a-half of shooting, then a week of editing, so it was hard to be away from home for that long. It turned out that this particular slot this year prepped before Christmas and shot after Christmas, so it worked out really well for me. ... It was great because I managed to do all our prep beforehand, then second-guess myself for the two-and-a-half weeks of our vacation!"
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