Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Why Paget Brewster Simply Had to Join Criminal Minds
by Deborah Starr Seibel

Paget Brewster, Criminal Minds
As Gideon's squad of serial crime fighters adds sexy Paget Brewster to their ranks, TV Guide debriefs the former Mrs. Huff on what exactly her Criminal Minds (Wednesdays at 9 pm/ET) mission entails. (Psst... it apparently involves "fancy footwork" with the boss.)
TV Guide: What convinced you to sign up for Criminal Minds?
Paget Brewster: I was in New Orleans shooting a movie, and I called my agent and said, "I've been doing my laundry in hotel bathtubs for three months, and I'm lonely. I haven't seen my family or friends. I want to be on a TV show — I want to be home at five." He called a week later and said, "Would you meet with Criminal Minds?"

TV Guide: So it must have gone well.
Brewster: I met with [executive producers] Ed Bernero and Mark Gordon and a bunch of the writers, and they asked me if I knew anything about profiling. I'm personally obsessed with it, so when they started talking about a particular case, I said, "Oh, that's David Ray, the Toolbox Killer." And they were silent. They said, "Do you really know about this stuff?" And I said, "Yeah, I really do."

TV Guide: Please explain!
Brewster: I did a talk show in San Francisco [The Paget Show, 1994-95] that was on at 1:30 in the morning, a time when delusional schizophrenics are watching TV. And I had a couple of stalkers. Once one of them broke into the station, and I was locked into a bathroom while they were looking for him. He got away.

TV Guide: What was your emotional response to that?
Brewster: It was terror. It changes you completely, the way you think. I learned as much as I could about paranoid schizophrenics and obsessive derangement. It's that old saying: Know your enemy.

TV Guide: So you fit right in on Criminal Minds as Special Agent Emily Prentiss?
Brewster: They were looking to bring in a female agent who was unknown to the unit. Ed said, "As writers we've grown complacent about who these people are, and we need to shake it up." It's the nicest way to join a cast because my character is feeling exactly the way I'm feeling, which is, "Please accept me, because I want to be here." And it's just heaven. I get to dance with Mandy Patinkin in between takes, and he sings in my ear.

TV Guide: You also have a TNT movie, A Perfect Day, with Rob Lowe (encoring tonight at 10 pm/ET). Compare Lowe to Patinkin.
Brewster: This is the second time I've worked with Rob! [They costarred in 2000's The Specials, a low-budget superhero comedy.] Rob has a dirtier sense of humor — he and his wife are just bawdy and sexy. Mandy? He's so talented and quiet, but then he fires off these jokes that are so funny, you don't even know where they came from. And he's a better dancer than Rob.{03D508D7-8DD0-4D55-9440-38F730FA2899}


Anonymous said...

In her ear. I think I need to go wash my eyes out not.

Criminal Minds Fan said...

This is just one more reason for myself and other mandygirls to dislike this woman. LOL. :)

Anonymous said...

Er. Um. There's just this "it's all about me" feel in this article. "My Rob. My Mandy. My stalkers." Of course the article IS about her and who knows what was left out of the interview quotes. I want to like her - for some reason it's just not coming easily.

Of course the dancing w. Mandy doesn't help. Fangirls everywhere are now hating her guts. LOL

Anonymous said...

Singing in her what?

Lisa Sovulewski said...

I actually remember watching her talk show a few times, now that I think back. I live in the San Francisco area and used to stay up late on Friday nights watching whatever the heck was on. I don't remember it being very entertaining, just a low budget version of Jenny Jones or something. Haha.

Anonymous said...

It's a big step when I accepted Elle as a member of the crew...but it's much much more difficulty to accept her...*blank*

Anonymous said...

I am numb just reading this. :(

Anonymous said...

lol, this interview makes me laugh! I don't know why, maybe it's just because I've kinda excepted her or something *shrug*

Jemma #88

JJ said...

An ok article but itressting thanks for posting it.
Jessica# 85

Anonymous said...

creepy. I like that she's really into this profiling thing. still...creepy.

jacqui #96