Kirsten Vangsness Brings a Splash of Color to 'Criminal Minds'

In the dark, frightening and twisted world of “Criminal Minds,” there's one person who brings a ray of light to each suspenseful episode: Kirsten Vangsness. Known as the outrageously dressed FBI computer genius Penelope Garcia, the award-winning actress hopes her character adds humor to the killer series. An edited version of our interview with her follows.

by Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: Courtesy CBS Television

First Published January 4, 2012

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