Who Will Jeanne Tripplehorn Play on Criminal Minds?

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As previously reported, Jeanne Tripplehorn has signed on as a Criminal Minds series regular.

Now, thanks to TV Guide, we have more intel on just what character the veteran actress will portray...

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Tripplehorn will take on the role of a FBI linguistics expert named Alex Blake. Look for her to possess some history with Reid.

"People like Reid learned from [her]. She is also a professor at Georgetown and Reid has guest-lectured at her forensic linguistics class before," executive producer Erica Messer tells the magazine, adding of her personal life: "She is in a relationship. When you get your heroes involved romantically, it just changes the show so much. I feel pretty strongly about that as a rule."

Criminal Minds returns for Season 8 in September.

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A gang's where a coward goes to hide.

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There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow that it hides itself in insanity. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind. - Patrick Rothfuss

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