Dr. Spencer Reid is one of Criminal Minds’ most long-standing characters. Through the ups and downs, the on-screen deaths and dramatic off-screen exits, Reid has remained the same fast-talking genius that fans of the series are still obsessed with years later.
Reid’s real-life counterpoint, Matthew Gray Gubler, is just as polarizing. The offbeat actor is as colorful, interesting, and multifaceted as the fictional BAU special agent. Here are a few fast facts to know about Matthew, 39, and what he thinks about Reid’s future in Criminal Minds’ upcoming final season (still crying).
First things first: Matthew is coming back to Criminal Minds, right?
Don’t worry, Matthew and Reid will be back for the final moments of your favorite crime drama. He even shared a sweet photo of the cast from their last days of filming.
He’s not just an actor.
Matthew wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself, which was released in April 2019. He’s directed several music videos for band The Killers, as well as episodes of Criminal Minds, and has even designed T-shirts, totes, and blankets for charity.
But he’s still appeared in many movies and TV shows.
Besides solving crime with his wildly high IQ, Matthew has played many other interesting characters, too. He’s appeared in 500 Days of Summer, RV, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and more.
His mom is a rancher.
Look out, Yellowstone cast! Matthew’s mother, Marilyn, is our new favorite cowgirl.
“She’s a rancher, a jack of all trades, a brilliant real-estate mind, and most of all, just the most loveliest mom,” he told Glamour. “She’s a beautiful force of nature. She runs a ranch and is on horseback a lot of the day, and she’s just the greatest.”
Matthew isn’t dating anyone—that we know of.
If Matthew is seeing someone, he’s keeping it pretty mum. He was last linked to 2 Broke Girls star, Kat Dennings, who he dated for a “long time.”
“I’m still really good friends with her,” he said after the two split. “Kat is marvelous. She’s one of the funniest people I know and such a talented actress, a brilliant mind, a warm-hearted person, and I love her and her family.”
If you’re looking to impress Matthew, here’s a few tips about what he likes: “I fall in love with wonderful people and people that can’t be replicated. They are completely unique individuals, and those people are really rare and you can’t let them go,” he said. *Jots down details in my diary.*
Reid’s love life, however, is very exciting right now.
Fans were shocked when J.J. (A.J. Cook) admitted she was in love with Reid in the finale, but it’s unclear if the married agent actually meant it, or was lying to save their lives. So, does this mean #Jeid will finally happen in the last episodes of the show?
“There’s some exciting stuff,” he hinted in an interview with Parade. “All the drama Reid and J.J. have been through together, it will eventually just make their bond stronger.”