Kirsten is left-handed.
If she was not an actress, Kirsten would most likely choose to be a music supervisor. She likes to make mixed CDs for people. She constantly compiles songs for Criminal Minds co-star Matthew Gray Gubler.
Kirsten's favorite TV shows include: Heroes, The Simpsons, The Office, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Kirsten is a vegetarian.
Kirsten was the 2005 recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle Natalie Shafer Award for: Best Emerging Comedic Actress.
Kirsten was finally made a series regular on Criminal Minds in early 2006 after she guest-starred in several episodes as the perky Garcia.
She produced the play "The Learned Ladies" by Moliére for the Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, CA.
Kirsten's Past Jobs:
• a murder mystery dinner theatre
• a grant writer
• a personal assistant
• a restaurant hostess
• a subsitute teacher
• a child counselor
She is a member of Theatre of NOTE in Los Angeles, California and continues to perform there.
Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
She is a solo performer.
Her first paid acting job was a Diet Dr. Pepper commercial.
Kirsten: (explaining how her role on Criminal Minds was developed) Shemar, whom I'd never met, came in and sat next to me. And we had a sexual harassment meeting we had to go to after we got done reading, and we sat next to each other and sexually harassed each other the whole time through this meeting. And the writers saw us, and then all of a sudden the part that was tiny got bigger and bigger.
Kirsten: (on hanging out with her "Criminal Minds" co-stars) It really is fun, everyone is sweet and has their own weirdness about them and when you combine it all, it really is lovely.
Kirsten: (on the similarities between herself and her character, Penelope, in "Criminal Minds") I haven't used my eighth grade math skills of Venn diagrams in a while, but if there was a Penelope Garcia and Kirsten Vangsness Venn diagram, the middle part would be really full.
Kirsten: I'm a theater girl. I like to learn my lines last month... I work so hard on my lines. I'm the one take wonder.
Kirsten: (in a March 2005 interview) In five years I see myself being truer to what my intentions are and being very brave and having my career at a momentum that I can afford to help others more. I want to have a hybrid too.