A.J. Cook had her entrée into the world of crime-solving procedurals with Tru Calling. The Fox show starred Eliza Dushku as Tru Davies, a city morgue intern who has the ability to relive the last days of bodies in her custody and uses this mystical do-over button to save people from their grisly fates. Genre-wise, it was a more uplifting version of Cook’s previous work in Final Destination 2. Cook played Tru’s best friend, Lindsey, who doesn’t know about her BFF’s new superpower. Tru Calling also starred Zach Galifianakis as Tru’s boss, Davis, and Matt Bomer as Tru’s boyfriend, Luc. Both Bomer and Cook left the show after season 1, and Tru Calling was canceled after a six-episode season 2 in 2005.
By Tru Calling’s cancellation, Cook was already on Criminal Minds. Despite the constant cast changes, Criminal Minds became a CBS mainstay. While working with the BAU, JJ foiled many a serial killer, got married, and even briefly helped hunt down Osama Bin Laden. That’s a pretty big glow-up from being just another kid in a McDonald’s commercial.