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Loyal CM fans were almost in shock as they watched their beloved Spencer settle into his new prison life.

But, the show must go on for the rest of the team, who went up again a very nasty unsub in the recent episode “Alpha Male.” It was a race against time as more and more victims were being attacked and burned with acid.

Actress Ren Hanami stepped in as the local burn specialist treating the victims in the case.

If she looks familiar, it’s because Ren had a recurring role as ‘Lynn’ in season three of HBO’s Silicon Valley. She also recently hit the Sundance Film Festival in the dark comedy Bitch starring Jaime King and Jason Ritter. Up next, Ren lands in a recurring role on the third season of TBS’s cop comedy Angie Tribeca.

I recently caught up with Ren Hanami to find out more.


What can you tell us about your role in CBS’s Criminal Minds?

REN HANAMI: I play the role of Dr. Marion Rillo, a burn specialist. The BAU team comes to me to find out the status of the victims and if they can be interviewed. I explain the extent of injuries resulting from acid being thrown on them and take the team to meet with two of the victims. I inform the investigators that the actions by the perpetrator caused maximum pain and suffering.

How was it working on such a fan-favorite show?

RH: Working on this fan-favorite show was a great experience. The cast is an exceptional group of professionals who welcomed the guest cast like family. I had the privilege to meet the show runner, director, producers and writers prior to filming at a table read. Production ran so smoothly and breakfast was great too!

Any interesting stories from the set you can share with us?

RH: I couldn’t reveal anything before the episode airs so I couldn’t post this photo of the victims under my care. The realism of the special effects make-up is very graphic and I found out that A.J. is very squeamish. She couldn’t look at the actors directly. It was very cute and funny, sort of like a doctor who faints at the sight of blood - lol.


Any chance you might come back again on the show?

RH: I hope so. I would love it! Write letters :) Since each episode takes place in a different city, it would either have to be when another episode set in Philadelphia or I could be the traveling burn specialist!

What’s been the biggest lesson you took away from the opportunity?

RH: The first lesson I took away was a technical one. I learned from the steady-cam operator how to adjust my angle to work with the complexities of the hospital setting. The other lesson, which is my favorite one, is I learned how wonderful the series regular cast, crew and creators are on “Criminal Minds” and that’s why it is such a successful show.

Got anything else coming up we can watch for the near future?

RH: Yes! I’m so excited because it is comedy and I love comedy. I have a recurring role on “Angie Tribeca” which stars the lovely and funny Rashida Jones. I also had the great fortune to work alongside Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters fame. The best part was that Ernie and I had lots of time to chat and bond over subjects from politics to metaphysics to family, and become friends. I’m also hoping Mike Judge and Alec Berg will write fan favorites Lynn and Gloria (Assistants to Jack Barker, played by Stephen Tobolowsky) back into Silicon Valley so my friend Tammy Dahlstrom and I can reprise our recurring roles. Fingers crossed!


Fans can find out more about Ren Hanami at: www.RenWorldInc.com
Or follow her on Twitter @RenHanami
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Apr 05, 2017
*SERIOUS QUESTION* I recently got to watch eleven seasons of Criminal Minds in three weeks on Netflix and an episode keeps coming back to mind lately . I do not remember the season or the episode but I remember specifics of the episode .... it was about a young girl with a sister and a friend . The young girl with a friend (and younger sister not knowing) came up with a plan to kill the little sister, leave her body in the woods for a fictional character they heard of online that would keep them safe , as along as they gave him a human sacrifice. The two girls set up a homeless man in a park/wooded area but he was found innocent . The three girls snuck out of the sisters house at night to go sneaking threw the wooded area and after stabbing the younger one the "friends" went further away into the wooded area and one stabbed the other one lightly to not cause any harm and then stabbed herself but not to cause harm(only to keep suspicion of murdering the younger sister off of them) . The younger sister did not die and when she woke up she was ablke to tell who stabbed her and it was not a homeless man but her sister and the girl she thought was a friend . The episode goes much more into details but if anyone has seen this episode and know the season or name of it PLEASE message me here . I appreciate any help with this . Thank You !
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