Paget Brewster (born March 10, 1969 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American actress. She appeared in the short-lived comedy series Andy Richter Controls The Universe and is also known for playing Special Agent Emily Prentiss on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.
Brewster first came to prominent attention in her recurring role as Kathy, Joey's girlfriend (and later Chandler's) in the fourth season of Friends. Brewster had a short-lived Bay Area talk show and was a bartender at the late Andy Boy's Drunk Tank in San Francisco. She also appeared in Andy Richter Controls The Universe and as Beth Huffstodt in the Showtime series Huff, which aired from 2004-2006.
In film, Brewster's most notable role is Ms. Indestructible, the female lead in James Gunn's low-budget superhero comedy The Specials (2000), opposite Thomas Haden Church and Rob Lowe. She also played Amy Pierson, a calculus teacher afraid of the water, in the independent film The Big Bad Swim that premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2005, Brewster began voice work as a recurring character on the animated series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law as Judy Sebben/Birdgirl.
On the March 30, 2006 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brewster revealed that she had recently received a handwritten note indicating Hugh Hefner would like her to pose for Playboy. She seriously considered the offer but eventually turned it down for career reasons, even though her parents gave her their blessing and she said that she admired Playboy more than magazines such as Maxim and FHM. She has, however, photographed spreads of other models for the website Suicide Girls. Brewster was also known as a retro pin-up model in the Los Angeles area, as well as a retro photographer. Both her modeling and photography work was frequently seen in Barracuda Magazine.
Brewster has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.
In the Friends of Friends feature on the Season Ten DVD, Paget Brewster revealed that she became such good friends with the rest of the cast during her time on the show that, when the storyline for Kathy's departure was revealed, the female cast members asked if it would be possible to change the storyline so that she simply had to move away or go on tour rather than having Kathy cheat on Chandler, a request that was rejected.