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