Las Vegas Review Journal Interviews Matthew Gray Gubler

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The Las Vegas Review Journal recently chatted with Matthew Gray Gubler about spending the last decade playing Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds, his characters penchant for peril, and his desire to do another “Evening With Matthew Gray Gubler”.

He’d been shot before.

A couple of times, actually.

He’d also been infected with anthrax, forcibly addicted to the potent morphine derivative Dilaudid, and held hostage and assaulted by ’90s heartthrobs Luke Perry and James Van Der Beek.

Dr. Spencer Reid had stared down death numerous times over the years. But something about the way he took a bullet in the neck in May from an Uzi-wielding, pimping preacher — or maybe it was an Uzi-wielding, preaching pimp — had many viewers convinced that the mussy-haired fan favorite was a goner.

Yet Las Vegas native Matthew Gray Gubler, who’s kicking off his 10th season of playing Reid on “Criminal Minds” (9 p.m. Wednesday, KLAS-TV, Channel 8), was oblivious to the panic that was setting in across social media and fan sites.

“You know, I wasn’t aware of it,” he admits. “I’m kind of, like, not so TECHNOLOGICALLY savvy. So unless people say it to me in real life, I don’t really hear anything at all.”

Gubler, 34, says he talks to his parents — attorney John Gubler and former Nevada GOP chairwoman Marilyn Gubler — “almost every day,” so they knew he wasn’t about to be UNEMPLOYED.

He also was spared the hassle of having to reassure concerned friends, because, he says, “I don’t think a lot of my friends even know I’m on the show, to be honest.”

He’s kidding.

Mostly.

Never much of a buzzy, water-cooler sensation, “CRIMINAL Minds” still managed to finish the 2013-14 season as TV’s 12th most-watched show, an incredible feat for an aging series without the letters “NCIS” in its name. And, given the drama’s frequent round-the-clock airings on cable’s A&E and ION, most of America must have stumbled across Reid and the rest of the FBI’s Behavioral ANALYSIS Unit at some point.

After nine seasons, Gubler has portrayed the socially awkward genius longer than Michael J. Fox was Alex P. Keaton. Longer than Tom Selleck was Magnum. And, as he’s quick to note, “longer than Alf was Alf.”

CRIMINAL Minds” has been on the air for so many years, fans have literally grown up with Gubler’s Reid.

“I meet kids that are 20 that have been watching it for 10 years,” he says. “I see there’s a unique and really lovely opportunity to kind of help enrich people’s lives, hopefully, by being a friend that they have on TV or someone they can kind of look up to and aspire to be like. I hope that he CONTINUES to be a hero to people.”

First, that’s awesome. It’s an unusually sweet-natured, optimistic way of looking at the actor-viewer relationship.

Second, whoever was letting their 10-year-old watch “CRIMINAL Minds” needs to be put in jail.

While it can’t hold a bloody candle to some of the shockingly grim fare on cable, the CBS drama is easily one of the more disturbing series in the history of network TV.

The “CRIMINAL Minds” wiki subdivides the show’s UnSubs (unknown subjects) into the following categories: serial killers, rampage killers, serial-turned-spree killers, budding serial killers, budding spree killers, serial arsonists, serial bombers, serial rapists, serial rapists-turned-killers, pedophiles, stalkers, cult leaders, abductors and killing teams/families.

“It definitely haunts me, unfortunately,” Gubler says of the accumulation of darkness he encounters each day at work.

“I’d like Reid to actually get a girlfriend that isn’t killed in the show,” he adds. “I think the most subversive thing the writers can do at this point is let Reid be happy instead of perpetually keeping him in a state of frenzy and sadness. … I’d love for lovely things to happen to Reid.”

Having filmed seven episodes of season 10, Gubler reports that Reid has fully recovered from the trauma of that two-part May finale that also found the recuperating FBI profiler at the mercy of a homicidal sheriff’s deputy who was posing as a nurse.

“He’s hanging in there. He’s doing great, actually,” Gubler says of his alter ego. “He misses Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn, whose last episode was the May finale), but he has a new friend in Kate Callahan,” played by “CRIMINAL Minds” newcomer Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Although he majored in acting at the Las Vegas Academy, Gubler’s passion has always been filmmaking. In January, he’ll direct another episode, something he’s done at least once each year since season five.

It’s too early to know what the episode will be about, but Gubler has a pretty good idea of how it will feel.

“Our writers room is fantastic and so encouraging. And they know that I like the more whimsical and strange things. When the writers know that they’re working with me, I feel like I hopefully inspire them to create something a little left of center.”

While the demands of “Criminal Minds” keep him in Los Angeles for much of the year, Gubler still comes home to the valley as often as he can. “I’m lucky to be from the best city in the universe,” he gushes. “I feel like it’s one of my dearest friends.”

Having just been here earlier this month for the grand opening of “Kinky Boots” at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, would he ever consider a return engagement? Maybe something along the lines of “An Evening with Matthew Gray Gubler”?

“I would love that! Yes! I would love that more than anything,” he declares. “Hopefully one day in the future when I have a little more time. … I did that once in New Hampshire, and it was one of the more fun things of my professional career. It was just sort of storytelling to a group of captive people in a room. So I hope I can lock a lot of people in The Smith Center and regale them with funny stories.”

Until then, he’s grateful to be able to stay busy protecting the TV world from all those assorted weirdos, creeps psychopaths, not to mention those elusive killing teams/families.

“I’m in a very fortunate position to be able to say that I’ve gotten to play a character for this long. It’s been such a fun adventure.”

Criminal Minds Screencaps: Episode 3.20 Lo-Fi

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In the conclusion of Season 3, Criminal Minds goes out with a bang leaving us with a major cliffhanger. Here are Matthew Gray Gubler Screencaps from Lo-Fi.

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Criminal Minds Screencaps: Episode 3.19 “Tabula Rasa”

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I’ve totally slacked on the screencaps this summer, but I hope to rectify that in the coming months. Here are Matthew Gray Gubler Screencaps from Criminal Minds episode 3.19 “Tabula Rasa”.

After a suspected serial killer wakes up from a coma, the BAU reopens the case and uses brain fingerprinting to determine if he really doesn’t remember the crimes that had been committed four years earlier in Roanoke, Virginia.

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Criminal Minds Season 10 Cast Photo And Behind The Scenes Pics

Shemar Moore was kind enough to tweet the newest cast photo of Matthew Gray Gubler and fellow BAU members for Criminal Minds upcoming Season 10. No individual images have been released as of yet, but we will post as soon as they do :). Make sure you check out episode 10.01 “X” when it premieres October 1st.

@shemarmoore: CRIMINAL MINDS WEDNESDAY!!! It is time to start preparing for the SEASON 10 PREMIER of CRIMINAL MINDS. …OCTOBER 1st at 9 pm on #CBS. Only 2 weeks left until the drama BEGINS. ….ARE YOU READY???

Season 10 Cast Photo

There have also been a few behind the scenes photos featuring The Gube to pop up on the net in recent days. Here’s a sampling of those shots!

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cmsetreport: Quick, I need every push pin and thumbtack in the building! EP10x06 Day 8 of 8.

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@iKimHarrison@rickdunkle @GUBLERNATION Dunkle’s table read! #CriminalMinds

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cmsetreport: Caught red-handed! What do you think they’re in for?

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BABY BOY n PRETTY BOY!!! On set today for Season 10 of CRIMINAL MINDS… SUITED n BOOTED!

 

Criminal Minds Season 10 Spoiler

Like Season 8, Criminal Minds is slated to have a season long unsub in season 10 http://www.tvguide.com/News/Mega-Buzz-Good-Wife-Castle-Homeland-1086751.aspx

“Suburban Gothic” To Screen At The CBGB Music & Film Festival

Suburban Gothic selected to screen at the CBGB Music & Film Festival in NYC taking place Oct 8th thru 12th!!! The film, written and directed by Richard Bates Jr., stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Barbara Niven, Mackenzie Phillips, Muse Watson, and John Waters.

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Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father,and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives. 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

“Life After Beth” Gets DVD Release Date

The zombie romcom “Life After Beth” comes out on DVD Oct. 21st.

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The film which was written and directed by Jeff Baena, stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Cheryl Hines, Molly Shannon, Thomas McDonnell, and Paul Reiser.

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