By Lindsay Lowe
The wait is almost over, Criminal Minds fans: Season 9 of CBS's hit police procedural premieres on Sept. 25, and the new season promises more drama than ever—both on and off the case—for the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit.
Rumors have been swirling about the mysterious relationship between JJ (AJ Cook) and the new Section Chief Matt Cruz (Esai Morales), and fans still have a lot of unanswered questions about JJ's history. “She's got this enigmatic past,” Cook told Parade.com. “She went away in season 6 and came back a different character. Season 9 is going to be answering what happened that year she was away.”
We chatted with Cook about what’s in store for JJ next season, and she gave us a sneak peek into the much-anticipated 200th episode (which she says will raise a lot of eyebrows)!
The actress also opened up about JJ's new “sarcastic” side, why she can't watch herself on TV, and being thankful for her loyal fans.
On how it feels to return for season 9 of Criminal Minds.
“I feel very fortunate. It seems like just yesterday we had our 100th episode, and here we are entering a season that's going to bring us to our 200th episode! So we're all just sort of shaking our heads right now. We've become a pretty tight-knit group—a family—over the years. We're lucky to be doing it with each other.”
On how her character JJ will evolve this season.
“Season 9 is shaping up to be the ‘JJ’ season, which I'm over the moon about, because there's a lot of mystery surrounding this character. She's got this enigmatic past, where we don't know much about her. She went away in season 6 and she came back a completely different character. Season 9 is going to be answering...
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