Matthew Gray Gubler tries to recall the last time he smooched a girl on ‘Criminal Minds’

Dr. Spencer Reid will be standing just a little bit taller, smiling just a little bit wider and blushing just a little bit more on the new season of “Criminal Minds.”

And he owes it all to a new love interest who will enter his life in episode four of the hit procedural, which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. It will be Dr. Reid’s first relationship after eight years on the show. So what’s his character been doing since his last on-screen kiss way back in season one?

“Playing a lot of chess,” laughs actor Matthew Gray Gubler, who portrays Dr. Reid. “It’s been a long time; it was the last time I kissed a girl in real life, too.”

He then coyly adds, “I’m kidding…or am I?”

And that’s how you know Gubler is every bit as goofy, fun and endearing as his on -screen character, Dr. Reid.

“Yeah, (Reid’s) sort of a unique individual,” he says during an interview with “He’s a bit of a workaholic, kind of like me. He doesn't really have time for a girlfriend.”

But that is about to change on the ninth season of “Criminal Minds,” as Dr. Reid embarks on a relationship that Gubler describes as something we’ve never seen on television before.

“It’s a three part story, and we’ve shot the first part, and it’s been done really well and uniquely…which I’m really proud of,” he says. “There’s definitely a beginning, middle and end to it. I’m almost scared to say anything for fear of it changing. But if all goes well, it’s going to be quite a story.”

So will he get another on-screen kiss?

“This is being done in such an unusually unique way, this love interest that there may never be a kiss,” he says. “You never know. It’s definitely something you haven’t seen before.”

Gubler couldn’t go into too much detail about his storyline, but offered us other tidbits to look forward to concerning his character.

“There’s a lot of fun stuff actually for Reid,” he says. “I’ve heard there might be a little bit of baseball involved in his life, which is weird because I never even touched a baseball bat in my real life, and I’m sure he never has.”