The 15th anniversary of ‘Felony Minds’ is later this yr, and HL spoke with solid members Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook dinner about their favourite moments from the present and a revival!

Felony Minds’ run on CBS could also be over, however its legacy lives on. WE television is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the long-running collection by airing particular marathons on Mondays and Saturdays starting Memorial Day Weekend by way of Labor Day. The particular marathons will embody high fan and solid favourite episodes from the award-winning drama that includes interviews with the solid. MeSlop chatted with beloved solid members Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook dinner about how they felt in regards to the present’s collection finale, a attainable revival, their standout moments, and extra.

Joe, Kirsten, and A.J. instantly mentioned “sure” in unison to coming again for a Felony Minds revival — with out hesitation. “I can confidently say that with each single one in all us they may simply say ‘it’s referred to as You Guys Learn A Cellphone E-book,’ and we’d be like, ‘Cool. We’ll be there,’” Kirsten, who performed Penelope Garcia, advised MeSlop. “Everyone on that present was such a supportive artist to work with and a supportive artist to study from, so it’s a no brainer to be within the room with the great geniuses once more.”

It’s solely been just a few months since Felony Minds got here to an finish on CBS. For A.J., who performed Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, she misses not seeing her beloved solid members each day. “I miss all people. I miss the camaraderie,” she mentioned. “We went by way of so many pivotal life moments collectively as a gaggle. Over these 15 years, we actually held one another up when somebody wanted to be held up. It was simply such an exquisite factor. I miss everybody so badly, however I’m so grateful we had these moments. I grew up on the present and these those that I’ve labored with, solid and crew, they actually helped form who I’m as an individual right this moment. I simply really feel so fortunate that I get to take the most effective items of them, they usually now dwell inside me. I’m attempting to do them justice as a result of they’re a few of the most stunning, big-hearted folks I’ve ever met. So I actually miss the day by day and seeing all people’s stunning face.”

The two-part collection finale aired in Feb. 2020 and wrapped the collection up in a becoming approach. Kirsten starred in and co-wrote the finale, and she or he admitted that there are few issues she would change in regards to the finale. “You by no means actually really feel such as you actually nailed it. Nonetheless, if I had my druthers I might have made that factor twice as lengthy,” Kirsten mentioned. “It’s simply arduous to since you’re wrapping up. It’s the collection finale, not a finale of a personality. Erica [Messer] and I had written these closing out modifications for characters however you must say goodbye to the present. My greatest I suppose remorse is the phrase, nevertheless it’s not a remorse since you’re given what you’re given, just isn’t all people will get their correct shining second. It’s so fast, however I can say one factor I’m actually pleased with is I keep in mind we had been sitting within the enhancing room speaking about the entire dance sequence and somebody mentioned, ‘Is this can be too lengthy?’ And we had been like, ‘Nope. Folks have to see this. Simply let the digicam go.’ I might have cherished to have every kind of the previous characters come again — the nice guys, not simply Strauss, however like different ones that will have been so cool.”

Joe, who performed David Rossi, added, “I considered what we did do, and what you probably did by being one of many writers, Kirsten, is that you just ended extra realistically within the sense that all of us went again. In essence, it continued. We went again to work. If we’d have ended it with all the opposite stuff, it might have been a finale. It will have been like, okay, we ended at 15 seasons. Goodbye. The fantasy is over. This isn’t a fantasy. It’s an actual job. It’s prefer it didn’t actually finish. The present goes on.”

A.J. echoed Joe’s word about these characters persevering with on, despite the fact that we don’t see them anymore. “They’re nonetheless doing their factor,” she mentioned. “They’re nonetheless searching down these serial killers. I believe that’s why there’s been no closure for me. It simply feels so broad open nonetheless. I at all times need to really feel that approach as a result of then there’s hope. There’s that feeling of hope that the heroes are on the market.”

By the tip of the present’s 15-season run, Felony Minds had aired 324 episodes. MeSlop requested the trio in regards to the episodes that stand out within the heads. “At any time when I get requested that query I at all times need Joe to provide that reply as a result of Joe’s reply simply at all times touches me. I really feel like we had been honored to have the ability to be even concerned in these,” Kirsten advised MeSlop. “For me, one of many ones that at all times stands out at any time when anyone asks that’s the episode the place JJ left. That was such a giant a part of the present. That simply at all times left such an impression on me once we had been taking pictures it. Personally, I used to be so upset. Professionally, it was only a actual appearing second. Additionally, ‘Stunning Catastrophe,’ which I co-wrote with Erica Messer. I believe what was fascinating to me about that’s whereas I used to be writing it, I wrote it like the author writing these two characters saying goodbye. After which after I went and acted it, I used to be like, oh my goodness, Garcia continues to be in love with him. He’s married, and she or he’s nonetheless in love with him. I used to be making that selection as an actor. However after I wrote it, I didn’t make that selection. In order that at all times type of sticks in my head.”

Joe Mantegna and Kirsten Vangsness in a scene from ‘Felony Minds.’ (CBS)
A.J. Cook dinner in a scene from ‘Felony Minds.’ (CBS)

The episodes Kirsten is speaking about relating to Joe are those in regards to the late Meshach Taylor, who performed Rossi’s former Marine sergeant Harrison Scott in a 2-episode arc. Joe opened up about having the ability to pay tribute to his buddy. “I used to be capable of direct two episodes and contain my expensive buddy me Meshach Taylor, an incredible actor who was the man who really turned me on to Felony Minds within the first place as a result of it was his favourite present,” Joe mentioned. “I used to be capable of get him mainly employed to play a personality. The actor wound up passing away, and we had been capable of within the three-episode arc that we did together with his character discover his character. He did an incredible job in these first two episodes, and the third episode [after his passing] was completely dedicated to that character dying and the truth that we buried that character together with my expensive buddy. These will at all times be very particular to me.”

A.J. joined the present after the pilot, and her character has had numerous unbelievable arcs. “I really feel like we’ve watched her develop up on display screen. She had two youngsters and acquired married and professed her love for her one other character on the present. She was consistently evolving, and she or he simply at all times wished to be the most effective model of herself. It’s been cool to get to play a personality for thus lengthy, the place you’ll be able to have the entire storylines unfold. There are such a lot of nice episodes, it’s arduous to only decide one [episode.]”