10 Things You Didn’t Know About Criminal Minds Star Kirsten Vangsness

  

Since 2005, TV fans have come to know actress Kirsten Vangsness as her beloved Criminal Minds character Penelope Garcia. As one of the longest running stars on the show, she has gained a huge and loyal fanbase, and despite her prominent role on such a major series, it is truly surprising she is not in the headlines more! When the actress does do interviews, it is often about Criminal Minds, her co-stars and working on the series, but there is so much more to the star than just that role! Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Kirsten Vangsness:

10. Speech Therapy

Now Vangsness is eloquent and quite verbose like Penelope Garcia, but it wasn’t always that way. As a child, Vangsness had a lisp and had to undergo three years of speech therapy while in elementary school to correct the lisp. In an interview with Inspirer, the actress revealed that, as well as having a lisp, she was very shy, and it made her a target for classmates. “I got bullied a lot and I basically stopped talking in the eighth grade,” she said of her difficult time in grade school.

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9. Writer

There is not doubt that Vangsness is a wonderful actress, but she has many talents she pursues outside of an acting career. Vangsness is also a writer and a playwright and she created her own one person show called Mess, and also wrote a play called Potential Space that she turned into a web series! She also has work that has been published in the Los Angeles Times and has also written three episodes of Criminal Minds: 2015’s “Nelson’s Sparrow,” 2016’s “A Beautiful Disaster,” and 2017’s “Spencer.”

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