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A.J. Cook Reveals the Deeper Story Behind Why J.J. Changed In 'Criminal Minds: Evolution'!
2024/06/06

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Criminal Minds: Evolution.

When  debuted on Paramount+ in November 2022, fans and cast members alike welcomed back the BAU. After close to three years since the original CBS drama went off the air, there was room left for growth and change for everyone involved. Such was the case for actress  , who viewed her return as J.J. Jareau as an opportunity to navigate a new, yet familiar direction on TV.

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When  fans reunited with J.J. in the new reboot, she was a different woman. The character appeared exhausted while being a full-time wife and mom to two boys during the COVID-19 pandemic. What's more, it had been some time since she was out in the field after the BAU was disbanded. But as A.J. told , there was intention behind the way her character evolved. She wanted J.J. to feel authentic to what the audience has lived through the last few years.

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"We picked [] up in [the COVID-19] pandemic, and we wanted it to feel real," she told us. "That was a huge driving force behind J.J. I wanted her to look exhausted. I wanted her with little to no makeup. Like, hair not done, if done at all. I wanted it to feel different from before because she's different."

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