Contract negotiations for the 13th season of Criminal Minds are underway, but while people such as Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler have signed on to return to the long-running CBS drama, two of its stars are holding out.
Deadlinereports that actresses AJ Cook and Kirsten Vangsness are trying to negotiate fairer pay for themselves before committing to another run.
Their characters JJ and Penelope have been on the show since the first season, originally as guest stars before being promoted to regulars.
The publication states that they previously managed to negotiate better pay back in 2013, when they were receiving less than half of their male co-stars’ salary, but this time they are willing to quit the show if they don’t achieve some sort of parity.
This situation is similar to what happened with The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who held off signing up for two more seasons.
It was at first reported that the original five main cast members of the show all agreed to take a pay cut in order to help Bialik and Rauch achieve parity, but now it seems this may not have been the case.
Bialik herself recently said: “I’m a person who plays dress up for a living and I’m grateful to do that at all.”