'Criminal Minds' A.J. Cook glad to have come full circle

A.J. Cook is glad to be back where many fans feel she belongs.

After being let go from her role as FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit sleuth Jennifer "Jj" Jareau, the actress was brought back to CBS' long-running Wednesday crime drama "Criminal Minds" for its current season. With the show's seventh round nearing its end, and repeats shown regularly on both A&E Network and Ion, Cook feels as if she never left ... almost.

"Because of all that has happened in the past year, there's a huge sense of pride and accomplishment there," she reflects. "I'm happy to see the long way that Jj has come. I always think back to the first episode, and I don't even know who that character is anymore.

"She's grown so much, and we've watched her grow up on-screen in a way," Cook adds. "I feel like I've done a lot of growing up in

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