Criminal Minds Season 12 welcomed a newbie in the person of Damon Gupton as Agent Stephen Walker. This happened in September; two months after Adam Rodriguez came on board and was first considered as a newbie. He portrayed the role of Agents Luke Alvez.
According to TV Guide, Gupton said, “One of the jokes on set is that I’m the new newbie, I doubt he’s [Rodriguez] jealous I took that!” The 43-year-old actor first entered after Thomas Gibson was fired in August.
Damon Gupton on Joining Criminal Minds Season 12
While the drama was surrounded by numerous issues regarding Gibson’s dismissal, the process of making Gupton part of the cast came as quickly. It can be remembered that Gibson’s goodbye was due to an altercation with Virgil Williams, a writer and producer of the series.
According to Damon, he was doing a play in Los Angeles when he got a call from Erica Messer, Criminal Mind’s showrunner. “I met her to talk about the opportunity and it worked out. About a week and a half later I was part of Criminal Minds, which just kind of shocked me. It happened so quickly, but I couldn’t be happier to be around such a good group of people,” Buddy TV reported.
It has not been easy for Gupton to be the new guy in the series. However, filling the place of an original cast member became made it tougher. Despite this, he was never in fear joining the show. This is even if fans made such a movement with #NoHotchNoWatch campaign in accordance to Gibson’s departure.
Gupton on Season 12’s Return
Meanwhile, Gupton explained that entering a new world somehow excites him, especially discovering if he can bring something. He believes that the previous cast members were able to put wonderful performances on the table. That is why it has been an honor for him trying to offer new things. After all, the main goal is not to disappoint avid followers in Criminal Minds Season 12.
Moreover, The Divide starrer aims to respect what has been formerly created in the show. One cannot deny that the franchise has a vast fan base over the years. Furthermore, viewers must watch out for more when Criminal Minds Season 12 returns on Jan. 4, 2017.