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BY DAR­REN DEVLYN

CRIM­I­NAL Minds po­larises au­di­ences. Some con­sider it com­pelling view­ing, ap­plaud­ing its ten­sion and sus­pense. Oth­ers dis­miss it as trash, say­ing it shines an un­necce­sary spot­light on the worst of hu­man na­ture.

A.J. Cook, who plays Jen­nifer Jareau, has left the show. But be­fore sign­ing off to film a guest role on Law & Or­der: SVU, she gave some in­sight into life on the set of Crim­i­nal Minds. Tell us about the crimes on the show this sea­son. Within the first six (episodes) I have seen three classes of se­rial killers I’ve never even heard of. So we’re kind of div­ing into some new ter­ri­tory. It’s re­ally creepy to me that there’s names for these types of se­rial killers, that there’s enough of them around that they’ve cre­ated a name for this par­tic­u­lar group. I get this ques­tion a lot, about how you deal with it and does it (show’s con­tent) make you scared. Even though most of the cases are based on real cases, I have to play this mind game where it is not real and ig­no­rance is bliss. Es­pe­cially now that I have a son. If I think about it too much I will get freaked out and I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. I’mal­ways just blown away that peo­ple are ca­pa­ble of these an­i­mal­is­tic acts. Part of me re­alises they are sick in­di­vid­u­als and they need help. And thank good­ness we have pro­fil­ers out there that re­ally do this for a liv­ing. At the same time it’s made me a lit­tle more cau­tious and I think I’ma lit­tle more aware of the sick­ness in the world. Hope­fully I’ll be able to pro­tect my fam­ily a lit­tle more and be kind of on the look­out for the cra­zies, as I like to say. The thing that re­ally creeps me out is the pae­dophiles and the sex of­fend­ers are all around us and there is even a web­site that you can go to and see all of them who live in your neigh­bor­hood and ugh . . . Do you check that? I do. I’ma mum now and can’t help it. I have to. I have to. And once you know they are around you, you are con­stantly like, ‘‘ That per­son looks likes he could be a pae­dophile’’. Do you think there is a bit of psy­cho lurk­ing in all of us? I think ev­ery­one is ca­pa­ble of killing, I do. If you are put in the right sit­u­a­tion at the right time. What sep­a­rates us from the psy­chos is be­ing able to con­trol it. When was the last time you wanted to kill some­one? Have you driven around much in L.A. (laughs)? I don’t think I’ve ever got­ten to the point where I se­ri­ously wanted to kill some­one. But, you know, there are a lot of bad driv­ers out there. I’m jok­ing. Have you had to change your rou­tine, like make-up, now that you are in HD? Oh, gosh, HD, yes, we’ve made the switch to HD. Yeah, we’ve had to do some lit­tle switches just be­cause you see ev­ery­thing. I sud­denly look a lot older on TV. You see those lit­tle fine lines that you didn’t see be­fore. Crim­i­nal Minds, Chan­nel 7, tonight, 8.30pm

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