When “Criminal Minds” made cuts at the end of last season — eliminating A.J. Cook’s role and cutting back on the number of episodes for Paget Brewster — Kirsten Vangsness was the one women left unscathed. In fact, her unique style and computer skill as Penelope Garcia has multiplied. Now, ETonline talks to the out-and-proud actress, who will be seen on both the original series, airing tonight, and the spin-off, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” premiering Feb. 16 on CBS.
ETonline: Is it hard for you to have two “Criminal Minds” shows and some of your former castmates don’t even have one?
Kirsten Vangsness: That part sucks. There is nothing else you can say about it. They are completely separate things. I love my job. I love this character, so any opportunity I have to do that is awesome, but that part sucks. It won’t suck for them. A.J. is going to rise like a Phoenix and I hope she invites me to the Emmys when she wins one.
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