“Achieving for me has been a lifelong goal”
This may surprise some fans of the hit series Criminal minds that some of the main cast members also directed episodes of the series. AJ Cook, who plays SSA Jennifer Jareau, or JJ, directed an episode about her time on the show. She even spoke about the experience in an interview.
AJ Cook on directing an episode of “Criminal Minds”
According to IMDb, six of the main actors have directed episodes of the series over the years, including Matthew Gray Gubler, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson, Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez. AJ Cook directed an episode herself, which must be thrilling. IMDb says Cook has only conducted once. The episode she directed is called “Chameleon”, and it’s from season 14, episode 13.
In 2019, Cook spoke with TV line on making an episode of the show as well as season 15. “It has been a great privilege and honor to finally be able to do this,” Cook revealed to the post. âAchieving for me has been a lifelong goal, but I firmly believe that ‘things happen when they are meant to happen.’ I couldn’t be happier. “
âI think it’s so awesome that they open the door for us,â Cook continued. In fact, she’s also not the only actress on the show to have directed season 14. âAnd it’s something that’s not going to end there. This is the next chapter [for me], and I loved every second of it – the good, the bad and the ugly! “
AJ Cook revealed the episode she directed had “an amazing script”
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Cook was also asked about the biggest and “most interesting challenge” she faced with the script for the episode she directed. Obviously, as a director, the script is so important and an integral part of the story being told. Without a good script, the director cannot do everything. But luckily for Cook, she was happy with the script she received for her first time as a director.
âWell, first of all, it was an amazing script,â Cook revealed. âAs a director you have butterflies waiting to see this script happen, but when I read it I couldn’t be happier. It was a giveaway, written by Charles Dewey – it was his first episode – and Breen Frazier, who is incredibly talented. It was kinda cute because you had the vet, Breen, and then you had the little “puppies” me and Charlie going over and over, “Oh, that’s so awesome!” We were wide-eyed and happy to be there. She continued, âBut yeah, the script is big, there’s a lot going on. I can’t say much, but this suspect is a bit of a chameleon, so it was really fun to play with.
AJ Cook directed an episode of Criminal minds, and it’s interesting to hear him take care of it. We’ll have to see if Cook directs anything else in the future.