Are Shemar Moore and Kirsten Vangsness from ‘Criminal Minds’ Dating in Real Life?
Garcia and Morgan of the crime thriller Criminal Minds are the rare birds who cheekily toed the line between friendship, flirting, and passion for 11 seasons and are among the few examples of classic friendships between male-identifying and female-identifying characters on television.
With their playful banter and intense friendship, the show was able to win over audiences and critics alike. Such a connection naturally begs the question: are Shemar Moore (Morgan) and Kirsten Vangsness (Garcia) friends in real life?
Are Shemar Moore and Kirsten Vangsness dating?
In real life, Kirsten Vangsness and Shemar Moore remain close friends. After meeting during a table read for the character of Garcia, Vangsness, and Moore hit it off immediately, as she described in an interview with Parade. In fact, the writers were so impressed by their on-screen chemistry that they increased Vangsness’ role and plotted out more of their connection in the script.
Since then, Vangsness and Moore have remained close friends. Sources claims that Shemar Moore and Kirsten Vangsness are not having an intimate relationship of any kind. Even though they are obviously in love with each other and not ashamed to show it in public, there are significant discrepancies between appearance and reality.
Who is Shemar Franklin Moore?
Actor Shemar Franklin Moore was born in the United States on April 20, 1970.
He is best known for his appearances as Malcolm Winters (1994–2005) on The Young and the Restless, Derek Morgan (2005–2016) on Criminal Minds, and Sergeant II Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (2017–present) on CBS’s S.W.A.T.
Moore also served as the show’s third regular host from 1999 through 2003.
About Kirsten Simone Vangsness
US-born actor and author Kirsten Simone Vangsness was born on July 7, 1972. Her role as FBI Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama series Criminal Minds has brought her the most fame. She also played her role on the spin-offs Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Criminal Minds: Evolution.