by Scott Ellis
Criminal Minds had been running for seven years before you joined. What was like coming into such an established show?
It was very nerve-racking. Before I arrived to work for the very first [script] read, I was so nervous I had butterflies in my stomach. But everybody could not have been nicer [or] more welcoming and it was kind of the smoothest transition I could have asked for.
And how is it to play someone who is, we quickly see, the smartest person in the room?
It's very, very good to be the smartest person in the room! Let's just say pretty? That doesn't mean anything here. I've played all sorts of women along the way, women who weren't very smart, who weren't very strong, who weren't the nicest people. I like playing women you can look up to, and Alex is definitely in that category.
She is the first character I know who is smarter than I am, and from an acting standpoint she was the perfect...
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