‘SWAT’ Star Shemar Moore is All-Smiles in New Photos from Set

by Chase Thomas

Shemar Moore, star of the hit drama SWAT, is known for a number of things in Hollywood, and that includes his smile. Well, fans of Moore’s will love to see the new photos of the Criminal Minds alum flashing his smile from the set.

Moore wrote for the caption, “Back to it 💯👊🏽 Catch an all new @swatcbs this FRIDAY at 8pm 💥💥.” In the photo on Instagram, Moore was smiling for the camera decked out in his S.W.A.T. gear in what seemed to be a scene from the upcoming season.

Fans loved the shot. One fan wrote, “Looking forward to it 😘 @shemarfmoore you look noticeably very happy. So nice to see. It’s motivating 🙌.”

Another fan wrote, “✌🏻 There he is 😁 …. Friday cannot get here quick enough 😝 Hondo 🦅🔥 back in charge 👊🏻💪🏻.”

Why Shemar Moore Left ‘Criminal Minds’

Agent Morgan on Criminal Minds was a fan-favorite for over a decade. It was hard to see the show continue on without such an iconic, original character. Like Spencer Reid, it just seemed so unlikely to be able to see the show without Morgan. You could not have one without the other. Moore told TV Guide of his exit,” Erica said she was so tired of looking at me. She was tired of me being late in the morning. She’s was like, “You’ve got to get the hell up…” — no, I’m kidding. [Laughs] My mother sends me these great cards. … She gave me this one card and I’m looking at it right now and it says, “Leap and the net will appear.”

It was about taking another leap of faith. Moore had gotten a bit too comfortable with the program and in his career there, so he made the move, inspired by his mother.

He continued, “That’s what she did her whole life. She thought outside of the box and she never got too comfortable because she wanted to continue to grow. There’s been other people in my life who are like that too. I don’t want to be ordinary. I don’t want to follow.”

Was it his decision? Moore said, “I want to be bold and I want to see what I’m capable of. So yes, it was my decision.”

It was his decision to leave and his decision to take a chance on himself, like on a hit show like SWAT. He views his acting career a little bit differently as he said, I’ve treated my acting career like school. The Young and the Restless: eight years. [That was] high school. Criminal Minds: college. Now I’m ready for grad school, a Ph.D., whatever you want to call it. I’m just ready to grow. I just want to leap.”

Criminal Minds was a great stage for Moore to go through but he was ready to graduate into other things like SWAT.