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Daniel Henney Joins Main Cast of “Criminal Minds” in Season 13 Premiere

August 25, 2017
“Wheels Up” — Coverage of the CBS series CRIMINAL MINDS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Daniel Henney (Special Agent Matt Simmons), Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia). (Photo credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS
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Although Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders was canceled earlier this year after two seasons, fans of the Criminal Minds franchise need not despair about losing their fix of Special Agent Matthew Simmons any time soon.

In breaking entertainment news reported earlier this month, CBS revealed that hunky and all-round-awesome-guy Daniel Henney (Big Hero 6) will join the cast of the long-running main Criminal Minds series in the show’s season 13 opener, reprising his role as Simmons.

You can read my exclusive interview with actor Daniel Henney from when Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders debuted in 2016.

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In Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Daniel Henney Proves That Asian Men Are Cool (and Hot, Too!)

March 15, 2016
CRIMINIAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS - "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" stars Daniel Henney as Matthew. ( Photo Credit: ABC Studios/Kharen Hill)
CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” stars Daniel Henney as Matthew. ( Photo Credit: ABC Studios/Kharen Hill)

I have a confession to make: I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds. So, I was thrilled to learn earlier this month that CBS had developed a spin-off show called Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, which would focus on a new group of FBI profilers who travel the world rescuing Americans missing overseas. My excitement was compounded when I discovered that Beyond Borders would feature the incredibly talented (and also incredibly easy-on-the-eyes) Daniel Henney.

Born in Carson City, Michigan, Henney worked as an international model before breaking into the film and television industries overseas. Soon, Henney developed a massive fan following in Korea and other parts of Asia for his roles in such television dramas as My Lovely Sam-Soon, Hello Franceska, and Spring Waltz. More recently, Henney has appeared before American audiences in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and as the voice of Big Hero 6’s beloved big brother, Tadashi Hamada.

With Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (premiering on CBS on March 16 at 10pm EST/9pm CST), Henney tackles his first leading role for American primetime television, and it seems like show and actor could not be better matched.

Henney will appear in Beyond Borders as Matthew Simmons, a military veteran and war hero who boasts a virtually unparalleled proficiency with weaponry as well as split-second profiling skills. Henney appears alongside a diverse cast of fellow profilers including team leader, Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise, Forrest Gump, CSI:NY) as well as cultural anthropologist Clara Seger (Alana De La Garza, Law & Order), technical analyst Russ “Monty” Montgomery (Tyler James Williams, Everybody Hates Chris, Dear White People) and medical examiner Mae Jarvis (Annie Funk, A Most Violent Year).

I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Henney and chat a bit about Beyond Borders. That interview appears after the jump, and Henney’s answers have been edited for clarity and length.

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