For the second year, SHEMAR MOORE will lead the "Criminal Minds" team in the "2007 Start to Finish MS Bike Tour," which raises awareness and funding for The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event takes place Oct. 20 and 21.
ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT: Your mother, who was diagnosed with MS eight years ago, is your reason for supporting this event. How is she doing?
SHEMAR MOORE: My mom is my partner in crime, as I like to call it. I was raised by her. I didn't have my daddy around. She had a free-spirited, passionate way of living. To see her thunder go a little dim because of MS -- this is a woman who played tennis and ran -- and now she struggles to walk.
In the last couple of months, she had hip-replacement surgery, which has been a huge blessing. She thought MS had gotten the better of her, but, actually, the drugs she was taking had deteriorated the quality of one of her hips. Now she is standing four inches taller. She believes she is going to dance at my wedding one day.
ET: Is there something we should know?
SHEMAR: She keeps putting it out there. All she cares about is grandbabies.
ET: You don't have to be married to do that.
SHEMAR: She did the best she could do, and she wants me to do it right for the sake of the family. Marriage is going to be whatever I define it as, and I definitely am excited to be a husband [someday]. I haven't found her yet, but I am definitely ready to be a daddy.
ET: How did you get involved in bike riding?
SHEMAR: Some of the guys I work with are the next level below LANCE ARMSTRONG. They are cyclists with high-end bicycles that cost almost as much as a small car. I got in good with them, so what started is a whole weekend warrior kind-of-thing. I realized I could go out and ride on a bike for a few hours and raise money and awareness for MS.
This year we are going to be 60 people -- all from "Criminal Minds." Last year, we had about 400 riders, and this year, they are expecting 600-800 riders. There is going to be a mix of celebrities and regular folks having a great day. They raise money and that is good. But they do something they would never have expected. Never thought they could do. That is fun to watch, when people get through it.
ET: You have a new cast member this season. What's working with JOE MANTEGNA like?
SHEMAR: He is very different from MANDY PATINKIN. I know initially when he airs, people are going to compare him to Mandy, but he is very talented. He is not demanding. You always have a perception of what the No. 1 guy on the call sheet is like. He has been very gracious to us. He really lets us know that he knows that we got this train rolling for two years, and he is going to come in and find his place. He is funny. He tells jokes. He is a prankster. He is fitting right in. We are anxious to see how people respond to him.
ET: Did you do any special features for the release of the first season DVD of "Criminal Minds"?
SHEMAR: There was an episode last year that I was really proud to be a part of, where my character got framed for murder back home. It is called "Profiler Profile." It was so-well received that "Criminal Minds" came to me and asked me to do commentary with ED BERNERO, the executive producer and writer of that particular episode, and GLENN KERSHAW, who directed it. The three of us sat in the studio and did voice overs. I, also, always find a way to be a part of the outtakes. There is some great stuff on the DVD.