Born in Las Vegas, Matthew Gray Gubler never intended on becoming an actor.
He was discovered by a modeling agent, and soon became a top male model for high-end fashion designers.
After an internship with director Wes Anderson, Gubler was cast as a genius FBI agent on the hit show Actor.
That's how I looked at that school.", and I also got to play The Cat in the Hat and The Mad Hatter, two of my favorite fictional psychopaths," Gubler recalled. He said, "I never thought I'd be making a living off of acting—it's still kind of a shock for my family and friends to see my face on TV every Wednesday night." After graduating from the Las Vegas Academy in 1998, Gubler enrolled at the University of California at Santa Cruz.However, he soon transferred to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to study filmmaking and directing.He graduated in 2002 and almost immediately after was spotted walking down the street by a modeling agent who stopped him and asked if he was interested in pursuing a modeling career.According to Gubler, who does not consider himself especially good looking, the agent saw potential in him only because at that time "emaciated weirdos who look like Muppets" were in vogue as male models.Nevertheless, over the next two years Gubler quickly became one of the most sought-after male models in New York City.He appeared in print ads and runway shows for such prestigious fashion designers as Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Sisley, and Kate Spade.In spite of his highly successful modeling career, Gubler never gave up on making films.In 2004, while continuing to work as a model, he took an internship with screenwriter and director Wes Anderson.As a reward for his hard work, Anderson cast Gubler as Intern #1 in his 2004 film , starring Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.Almost immediately after, Gubler landed the role of Dr.Spencer Reid—a genius FBI agent who holds three Ph. degrees despite being only in his mid-20s—on the CBS crime thriller as a losing enterprise.