Criminal Minds’ Kirsten Vangsness on Paget Brewster’s Return as Emily Prentiss — Exclusive
If you’re still reeling from Shemar Moore’s shocking exit from Criminal Minds, this week’s episode is the perfect palate cleanser: Paget Brewster is back!
We may be down one Derek Morgan, but the long-awaited Season 11 return of Emily Prentiss is (almost) enough to ease the blow. From the sounds of things, it’s going to be a special episode for fans.
“It’s a very imaginative episode,” Kirsten Vangsness, aka Penelope Garcia, teases to Wetpaint. “Things that happen on our show sometimes are happening because it’s a dream — I love when Criminal Minds does that. ”
Sounds like it could be a fantasy-based episode, but “Tribute” should contain at least one moment that will have meaning to fans.
“There’s a very satisfying end scene I think everyone will go bananas over. It was really fun to shoot,” she shares.
Kirsten also enjoyed having “all the ladies” — Aisha Tyler, Paget Brewster, A.J. Cook, and herself — together for this episode. And she hopes this means there will be more moments like this with both Paget and other past cast members in the future.
The actress gushes, “I want everybody back. I want them all back.”
Speaking of a return, Criminal Minds hasn’t been officially renewed for a Season 12 just yet, but should it be — and she hopes it will! — the 43-year-old has a lot of ideas for what Penelope should do next.
“I really want Garcia to be in a band,” she muses. “I think I want next year to be all about Garcia’s extracurricular activities — I want to see her in karate class and learning how to make a good Béchamel sauce.”
She then adds, “And I want her to get a new boyfriend, whoever that might be.”
But while Garcia might be moving on, Derek-Penelope shippers will be happy to know the actors behind them will be reuniting on-screen soon for Kill Me Deadly, a film noir spoof executive produced by Kirsten herself!
Apparently, Shemar and Paget both asked to star in their pal’s flick, which she describes as “The Maltese Falcon meets Airplane! meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Even Joe Mantegna got in the action as Bugsy Siegel, and the entire cast contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, so it’s a must-see for Criminal Minds viewers.
Just don’t expect Kirsten’s character Mona Livingston to be anything like the BAU technical analyst you’re used to from the CBS show.
“Mona is completely bloodthirsty and nuts,” she says of the lounge singer. “It’s startlingly different than what I do at work.”
That being said, Garcia would love the ‘40s-set black and white comedy.
“This is the kind of movie Penelope would watch 9,000 times. It’s a cult movie for sure, and she would be all over this movie.”
Criminal Minds airs Wednesday, March 30 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS and catch Kill Me Deadly in select theaters starting April 1.