Kirsten Vangsness is a highly gifted and brilliantly clever American actress who managed to achieve the rarest of successes in Hollywood by starring in a long-running primetime show. Despite her modest background and unconventional looks, Kirsten has become one of Hollywood’s resident actresses, with more than two decades of experience to her name.
Having started her career in the late ’90s, she has won many fans to herself. Most of her fans follow her on the show, Criminal Minds. They also follow her on social media, where she shares more of the personality that makes her Criminal Minds character a fan favorite. Yet, despite her long-running appearance on the show, there is still plenty to know about the actress.
Kirsten Vangsness’ Path to Hollywood
Kirsten Vangsness officially joined the world on July 7, 1972. The actress was born in Pasadena, California but was partly raised in Porterville, another city in California, after her family moved there following her birth. The family later moved to Cerritos, California, where she spent the remainder of her childhood days.
Kirsten’s father has been identified as Errol Leroy Vangsness, and her mother’s name has been revealed to be Barbara Mary Vangsness. Kirsten is quite fond of her parents. It is not clear how many siblings the actress has although some reports have it that she has two sisters.
Growing up, Kirsten Vangsness was quite a shy lady but she was able to overcome her shyness when she started working towards becoming an actress. She attended Cerritos High School and graduated in June 1990. She then enrolled at California State University, Fullerton, graduating in June 1995.
Kirsten has since gone on to make a name for herself in the American movie industry, making appearances in many movies and TV series.
Kirsten Vangsness Has Appeared in More Than 300 Episodes of Criminal Minds
Kirsten Vangsness took up acting as a means to overcome her shyness when she was a child. This move proved to be a success as not only did she overcome her shyness, acting proved to be a latent talent, and her performance in local plays earned her accolades. It eventually spurred the start of a professional acting career in 1998 when she was cast as a Tooth Fairy in the short movie, Sometimes Santa’s Gotta Get Whacked.
Years later, in 2003, Kirsten appeared in Don’t Make Me Laugh, another short movie. The next year, she appeared in the TV movie Annie Unleashed, and then the TV series, Phil of the Future, where she played the character of Veronica. The actress also featured in the TV series LAX where she played the character of Stephanie.
Kirsten Vangsness got her big break on TV in 2005 when she got cast as Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds, an American police procedural crime drama TV series. Her performance on the series gave her a lot of exposure. It also won her many fans who considered her one of the true drama queens of TV.
Kirsten starred on the show from 2005 to 2020, appearing in all but one episode of the entire series. She also appeared in two of the show’s spin-offs, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
In 2006, Kirsten Vangsness appeared in the comedy-drama movie A-List before getting cast as a reporter in the short film, Tranny McGuyver (2009). In 2010, she landed the role of Madge in the drama/mystery film, In My Sleep, and then scored a role in the TV series, Vampire Mob. Shortly after, in the same year, she was cast in Pretty the Series where she gave a performance that got her wide acclaim.
In 2011, Kirsten starred in the drama film, The Chicago 8, and the TV series Second City This Week. 2015 saw her score the role of Ruby in the TV series Agent Carter before she proceeded to then appear as Mona Livingston in Kill Me, Deadly, a comedy/history film. In 2016, she appeared as Fawn in Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse, an adventure/comedy film. The following year, she got cast as Jane in Dave Made a Maze, an adventure/comedy/horror movie, before she then landed the role of Sunny in the comedy film, Stuck, in 2018.
Kirsten Vangsness’s filmography includes more than 33 credits across movies and TV shows. She also has two award nominations from the Indie Series Awards for her role in Pretty the Series. Beyond her acting credits, she is also a credited writer and producer. Kirsten wrote five episodes of Criminal Minds, including the show finale, And in the End. She is also a credited associate producer for Honestly Charlotte: The Series, and executive producer of Pretty the Series and Kill Me, Deadly.
What Kirsten Has Earned In Her Career
Having been quite active in Hollywood since the late ’90s, the belief is that Kirsten Vangsness has raked in a considerable amount of wealth for herself over the years. The actress has starred in several popular TV series like Pretty the Series and Criminal Minds, which helped to consolidate her place as an actress of repute. She is also a playwright, which has contributed to making her a lot of money.
To diversify her income, the actress has launched a business outside of the entertainment world. She is the co-owner of a distillery called Blinking Owl Distillery. She co-owns the business with Brian and Robin Christenson. Between her successful acting career and her business endeavors, Kirsten is reported to be worth more than $3 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Renee Stephen Helped the Actress Achieve a New Body
In 2014, fans of Kirsten Vangsness noticed that she had lost some weight. They began to question her on her social media pages, and soon, she answered their questions. On August 14, 2014, she took to her Twitter page to confirm to her followers that she did indeed lose some weight.
…I lost some weight. I did it by reading a book & listening to a (free) podcast by @StephensRenee .so there. Go forth & educate thyself
— Kirsten Vangsness (@Vangsness) August 14, 2014
Kirsten explained that she did it by reading a book and listening to a podcast by Renee Stephen. Renee is a renowned weight loss and diet coach whose program has helped many people achieve their desired body. Her weight loss program, which many presume Kirsten Vangsness underwent, include techniques like hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming. Outside of the program, Kirsten has also confirmed that she did a lot of physical exercises.