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September 19, 2019

20 Facts about Paget Brewster Known for Portraying Special Agent Emily Prentiss on 'Criminal Minds'

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Actress Paget Brewster has had a long and interesting career on television. She has amassed a huge fan base who love knowing the ins and outs of her life.

As an actress, voice actress, and singer, Paget Valerie Brewster is multi-talented. One of her first memorable roles was Kathy in the fourth season of "Friends."

With her fans always looking for information about the star, there is very little they do not know about the star. However, here are 20 facts fans might not know about Paget Brewster.

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1. Her Talk Show

Before becoming a successful actress, Brewster hosted a late-night show called "The Paget Show." It aired in the 1990s  and had 65 episodes.

2. Design School 

Brewster studied at the Jean Shelton Acting Studio but also attended the Parsons School of Design. She later dropped out of design school in her first year after she began acting professionally.

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3. Rock Band 

The "Criminal Minds" actress initially wanted to be a rock star. In the late 1980s, she moved to New York and sang with a band called “Sleeping Pills.” 

4. Her Co-star Officiated Her Wedding

When Brewster and Steve Damstra tied the knot in 2014, the ceremony was officiated by her co-star Matthew Gray Gubler. Gubler is also Brewster's best friend.

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5. She Nearly Posed for Playboy

Brewster once turned down the chance to pose for Playboy. According to reports, Hugh Hefner sent her a handwritten note asking her to pose for the magazine thinking it over she decided not to do it. 

6. Childhood

She grew up in Massachusetts then went on to school at the New England boarding school. Her parents taught at the same school. 

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7. Worst Dater

Once, when asked if her role on "Criminal Minds" has helped improve her dating life, she revealed that it was not the case, saying:

"Oh, my dating skills are the worst. No, I pick the wrong men, it’s amazing. I am awful, the worst dater."

8. Photography

When she's not in front of the camera as an actress, Brewster freelances as a photographer for modeling website SuicideGirls.com.

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9. Volunteer Work

She also volunteered as an actress in the Young Storytellers program.

10. Podcast

She is a regular on "The Thrilling Adventure Hour" podcast where she and comedian Paul F. Tompkins act as a pair of high-society married mediums.

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11. Named After

She was named after 1950s actress Debra Paget.

12. Worst Dress List

Brewster revealed that she actually enjoys being on the 'Worst Dressed' list.

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13. Siblings

Paget Brewster is not an only child. She has a younger brother named Ivan.

14. Lineage

According to sources, Jordana Brewster and Paget Brewster "are descended from William [Brewster]'s sons Love (Paget) and Jonathan (Jordana)." It goes on to say that Paget is William's 9th-great-granddaughter".

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15. Coat of Arms

The Brewster family reportedly have a Coat of Arms called the "Mayflower." 

16. No Children

Paget Brewster does not see herself as a mother. The actress reportedly does not want to have children.

17. Humble Beginnings

She was not from a rich family. In fact, when she was born her mother worked as a government official, and her father, Galen, worked as a school administrator.

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18. Husband

Brewster is married to a fellow actor. She married Steve Damstra II.

19. Hair Disaster on "Friends" Set

Her first job in Hollywood was on Friends as Kathy and the star revealed it was not all smooth sailing. 

“I had a black bob, and when I got Friends, I started rehearsing that week, and the hair people cut all my hair off and dyed it red – it took six hours of lightening to dye it red – and then when Kevin Bright, Martha Kauffman, and David Crane came down to watch the first day, Kevin Bright starts screaming. “I hired her because she had a black bob! You can’t do this!” And as he’s screaming at the hair guy, I just went upstairs, I put my magazines in my bag, and I just sat and waited, like, ‘I lost my best job I’ve ever gotten,’” she told A.V. Club. “And then Kevin Bright came in the room and he went, ‘I didn’t hire you because of your hair! I just can’t have them making changes without them telling me!’”

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20. Stalker

Before landing her role as Special Agent Emily Prentiss on "Criminal Minds," she had already explored research on serial killers and their methods because she had a stalker.

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“I had a stalker problem in San Francisco about 11 years ago. I read everything about stalking, sexual sadism, and serial killers. It can make me a little paranoid, but it’s fascinating,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

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