‘Criminal Minds’: A.J. Cook Talks About JJ’s Defining Moments Over the Years

Jennifer “JJ” Jareau is a critical member of the Behavioral Analysis Unit on Criminal Minds. The series may be coming to an end, but it seems like the perfect time to take a look back at JJ’s most defining moments over the years according to the actress who plays her.

A.J. Cook talks about some of JJ’s important moments

The official Twitter account for Criminal Minds recently posted a video of A.J. Cook, who plays JJ, talking about her character’s journey over the years. “We’ve watched JJ graduate from unit liaison to a skilled profiler and BAU mainstay during @ajcookofficial’s tenure on #CriminalMinds. Sit down with the star as she takes us through the formative journey,” the post is captioned.

JJ left the BAU

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“Some of the most pivotal moments for JJ came with big life changes,” A.J. Cook says about JJ. “The first would be when she left the BAU. And for me, she went away still a young woman. And through those experiences that she had when she went away, she came back a grown woman and this really fierce mama bear.”

The birth of JJ’s two children

“So in a way, I feel like I’ve been able to play more than one character on the show,” Cook revealed. “The birth of her two sons has been huge. She’s always been very nurturing and very protective. Once she had those kids, she’s just, it’s another level for her.”

Fans really seem to love JJ

People really adore JJ for the person she is. Numerous fans took to the comments to explain how they feel about one of their favorite members of the BAU. “Love her so much😭💯,” a Twitter user wrote.

“AJ Cook literally owns my entire being and she honestly deserves the entire world,” another user wrote.

Many users are sad to say goodbye to JJ after this final season. “She’s amazing and has developed a lot during the seasons which makes it interesting and exciting to see, so sad it’s the last season though,” someone else expressed.

“I am so proud of how all of the characters have grown but JJ has always been my favorite,” another Twitter user wrote. “I still can’t believe there are only 3 episodes left… I am not ready for this to end.”

People really love JJ’s character and some even consider her a role model. “The best and biggest role model of my life… I grew up on this show. 😍😍❤️❤️💪🏻,” someone wrote.

One Twitter user admits that they stopped watching when JJ left and only started up again when she returned. “JJ has always been one of my favorite characters on the show,” a Twitter user wrote. “I stopped watching when she was written off and started watching when they brought her back.”

JJ is definitely a fan favorite on the hit series Criminal Minds. With only a few episodes left, fans need to soak up as much time with JJ as they have left.