Crim­i­nal Minds: Beyond Bor­ders is the spin-off US pro­ce­dural fea­tur­ing the FBI’S fic­tional International Re­sponse Team (IRT) solv­ing crimes in for­eign coun­tries. Alana De La Garza, who plays spe­cial agent and cul­tural an­thro­pol­o­gist Clara Seger, dis­cusses

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Alana De La Garza dis­cusses the fran­chise’s globe-trot­ting spin-off Beyond Bor­ders.

What’s it like be­ing part of the Crim­i­nal Minds TV fran­chise?

It’s crazy. I have made my en­tire ca­reer on pro­ce­du­rals, which is such a gift. So when you join some­thing like Crim­i­nal Minds it’s a nice feel­ing. There’s this com­fort level in the fact that it is a pro­ce­dural, but also you go from coun­try to coun­try, so you’re learn­ing about cul­tures and lan­guage and pro­to­col.

The show fea­tures global set­tings, but where’s it filmed?

It’s all LA; isn’t that crazy? They do such an in­cred­i­ble job. I trav­elled a lot when I was younger and so I’m al­ways amazed when I walk on set. I’m like, “that’s In­dia, that’s Thai­land, that’s Ja­pan”. It’s so cool. Peo­ple say to me aren’t you frus­trated that you don’t get to go? No! I could never keep up the sched­ule, shoot­ing and trav­el­ling.

Tell us about your char­ac­ter and her tragic past...

Clara Seger is re­ally fun to me be­cause she has that back­story. When you first meet her she’s back from sab­bat­i­cal, she’s be­gin­ning to heal af­ter los­ing her hus­band. You don’t know if she lost him in Mex­ico due to some­thing that hap­pened in the IRT, or was it just a freak ac­ci­dent? She also has a back­story with Jack Gar­rett, Gary Sinise’s char­ac­ter, as they are friends.

Gary Sinise’s a vet­eran of shows like CSI: NY. How is it work­ing with him?

He’s in­cred­i­ble, he’s a com­plete stud! Gary is one of the kind­est hu­mans that I know – no ego, just real hu­man. He’s such a tal­ented ac­tor, and he is so funny. What peo­ple don’t know is that we sit there be­hind the scenes and do ter­ri­ble ac­cents try­ing to pre­tend that we’re in each coun­try. It’s just hor­ri­ble. We laugh our buns off.

What can we ex­pect from Series 2?

There are def­i­nitely new coun­tries. We’re go­ing to learn about Jack’s fam­ily. His son is go­ing to train to be­come part of the IRT, which is cool. But I’d love to see more ac­tion, and to know a lit­tle more about my back­story and what ex­actly hap­pened to my hus­band.

The show’s about get­ting in­side peo­ple’s heads, isn’t it?

Yeah, study­ing the way they work. It gets you think­ing. I love the idea that you can take peo­ple on a jour­ney, they think they’ve solved it and then it goes an­other way.

Will there be cross­over episodes with char­ac­ters fea­tur­ing in Crim­i­nal Minds?

Yeah, for sure, I know that’s planned. We had Joe Man­tegna’s char­ac­ter [ David Rossi] from Crim­i­nal Minds in our pi­lot, and we had Pene­lope Gar­cia [ played by Kirsten Vangsness].

Is it tricky for the IRT work­ing with for­eign coun­ter­parts?

Yeah, to­tally. It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s a good way to cre­ate con­flict when they don’t help you. But some­times they do save the day. You don’t want to make it look like you’re the su­pe­rior [ agency] all the time. But in the for­mula there is a hero team, so it’s a kind of balance of not of­fend­ing any­one and still putting on a fun show.

What’s the trick­i­est lan­guage to speak in the show?

You know what’s funny? It’s French. Peo­ple are like “Oh, French is easy.” Not for me. Thai, Ja­panese, fine. Cre­ole I could do. But French, I strug­gled with it so bad. Crim­i­nal Minds: Beyond Bor­ders Series 2 airs on W this spring.

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