‘Criminal Minds’’ A.J. Cook loves her timbits and her Gubler
You don’t get any more Canadian than loving Tim Horton’s timbits, according to “Criminal Minds” actress A.J. Cook.
In town with her fellow co-star, Matthew Gray Gubler to promote the upcoming season of the show, Cook says “Timmy’s” is the first place she’s taking her partner in crime.
“That’s tomorrow,” confirmed Cook in an interview with CTV.ca about her plans to introduce Gubler to the iconic Canadian coffee chain. “Yup, first stop, Tim Horton’s. Those timbits, they’re evil. They get better and better every time I come up here. They’ve perfected them. They’re so good!”
Cook’s been missing her Timmy’s ever since she relocated from Hamilton, Ontario to L.A. to film her current series, “Criminal Minds,” which enters its eighth season Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. But the actress admits L.A. fans can’t compete with Canadian “Criminal Minds” fans.
“This one was crazy,” says Cook, who attended FanExpo in Toronto to promote the show. “I was so blown away walking into that room and seeing how many people were there, and how excited they were and genuine. People were crying. It was kind of an out of body experience!”
“In L.A., its pretty chill,” she says, comparing the two audiences. “People will say ‘Hi, I love your show,’ but for the most part it’s pretty mellow. But to have an experience like (FanExpo) was really cool.”
When asked what is in store for her character, Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau on the new season, Cook has to remain vague on the season’s secrets.
“She might get into a sticky situation about half-way through the season…”she begins, before laughing. “I know I hate doing it. I’m like, ‘Ugh, I’m such a d-bag (about being vague),’ but I can’t give anything away. We’re going to see her… in a… sticky situation – that’s all I can really say!”
But she does offer the news fans will see more of her television family on the upcoming season, including her son who’s played by her real-life son, Mekhai.
Casting her son, she says, wasn’t a decision that came easily.
“They kept bringing it up,” she says. “And I was like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to do that.’ But then it just sort of made sense and Mekhai…I waited for him to be a little bit older. And he loves it. He loves coming to work with Mommy. He loves coming to set – he’s like, ‘Yum, free cookies,’ and ‘Everybody gives me chocolate.’”
Even though she can’t say a lot about her character, she does have some thoughts on co-star Gubler’s character arc this season.
“I’ve got to tell you, when I first heard he was getting a girlfriend, I was like, ‘What? No!’ says Cook. “I’m sure everyone will give him a hard time about it. He’s Reid and he’s so awkward!”
But if there’s one thing the cast won’t rib on Gubler for, it’s directing, she says.
“I love when Matthew directs. He’s like a kid in a candy store. He comes alive. It’s great, and I’m really interested to see Thomas as a director,” she says. Co-star Thomas Gibson will be directing an episode of “Criminal Minds” for the first time during the new season.
“I think (directing) is great. You get to see different sides of your co-stars. And it’s exciting. Who knows, maybe I’ll direct (an episode) too someday!”
Don’t miss all-new episodes of “Criminal Minds” Tuesdays at 10pm ET on CTV.