Paget Brewster commented on Matthew Gray Gubler’s absence from the Criminal Minds revival during an interview with Looper promoting her film Hypochondriac. The co-stars clearly formed a strong bond during their time on the series, and Gubler even confirmed through tweet message he became an ordained minister to officiate Brewster’s real-life wedding to Steve Damstra in 2014. Indeed, Brewster admitted that it would be unusual to do a show without Gubler. She also understands why he didn’t want to return, especially since he was the only Criminal Minds cast member to appear in every episode of the show. “He served 15 consecutive years,” Brewster noted, adding: “From [age] From 25 to 40, this guy was on the same show… He could never do other things, so I understand.”
Brewster also noted that her own years-long absence from “Criminal Minds” was very beneficial to her, as “I had a ton of other things to do that enriched my life, my resume, and my education.” Disappointment aside, Brewster is apparently still hopeful that her old partner will change his mind and return to the BAU family, stating, “I hope he changes his mind.” There’s little doubt that longtime Criminal Minds fans are hoping Gubler will change his mind too, because the show simply won’t be the same without Spencer Reed’s poignant ideas and infamous information dumps.