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Criminal Minds season 12: Adam Rodriguez on his character

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On this season of Criminal Minds, CBS veteran Adam Rodriguez is playing the new guy in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit.

The former CSI: Miami star joins season 12 as a regular, playing Luke Alvez, a fugitive recovery specialist who joined the FBI after a military stint.

Alvez’s timing is perfect, given the massive prison break at the end of season 11. He captured Daniel Cullen, one of the fugitives, in the past, and vows to lock him up again — for good.

“It now becomes a chase of minds,” Rodriguez tells EW, “learning how to think like these people do.”

Rodriguez is excited to join the crew, even if Alvez doesn’t excel in the BAU straight away.

“You’re not getting somebody that’s coming in as an expert just jumping into the mix. You’re going to watch Luke work his butt off to try and catch up to these people that are already so great at what they do,” Rodriguez says. “I think it’ll be fun to watch this guy do what he does and have the skill set that he does to add to the team, but at the same time, have to learn from them as well.”

See the video above and learn what Rodriguez teases about season 12. Criminal Minds debuts Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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