Missy Peregrym admits she was so thrilled about the Season 3 renewal of “Rookie Blue,” she tweeted it too soon.
A month into the airing of her sophomore round as novice cop Andy McNally in ABC’s Toronto-filmed Thursday police drama, the native-Canadian actress couldn’t wait to go on Twitter and share the news Wednesday (July 13) that the series had just been picked up for a third set of episodes to run next summer. But she soon realized she should have.
“I wasn’t even thinking,” Peregrym says with a laugh in telling Zap2it of tweeting the news before ABC and Global — Canada’s originating network for “Rookie Blue” — made it official. “I should have just waited for the announcement, but I was really excited. I was like, ‘Awesome! This is what the fans want.’ I was just excited to share it with them, then it was, ‘Oops. Never mind.’ I just got very quiet after that. Fans were writing, ‘Is it true? Is it true?,’ but I just stayed off Twitter for a while.”
Filming is slated to ramp back up next month and should last into early winter, the same schedule “Rookie Blue” had last year for the season being shown now. Four episodes into Season 2, a lot has happened to Andy: She’s been shot, though her uniform prevented lasting injury; she’s been stalked by a murder suspect who wounded her fiance, Detective Luke Callaghan (Eric Johnson); and she’s been trapped in a collapsing building,
And as if that’s not enough, Andy is starting to discover the depth of Luke’s earlier relationship with another member of the precinct, Detective Jo Rosati (Camille Sullivan). Andy doesn’t realize it yet, but she has the engagement ring Luke originally intended for Jo. All together now: “Uh-oh.”
“Here’s Luke’s ex-girlfriend, who obviously doesn’t respect me,” Peregrym reflects, “so there’s a tension there already. She’s kind of my superior, so I have to do my job, but she’s the last person I want to be around.
“It’s so weird that this was my family and my home, then suddenly, one person comes in and I feel like an alien. I love playing that. Jo loves Luke, too, and you can’t hate her for that. It’s just messy.”
That also goes for Andy’s link to her former training officer, the romantically inclined Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), with whom she ends up partnered frequently in the field. “The dynamic has changed,” Peregrym confirms. “Andy can date Sam and not lose her job, so he’s available if she wanted to go and do that … but she’s made her choice with Luke. And I can’t say much more.”
As for Season 3, former “Reaper” and “Heroes” regular Peregrym will be happy to roll with whatever developments come Andy’s way. “When I came back last year, I didn’t know what to expect. I learn about my character, and grow with her, with every script I read. Obviously, the more drama she has is great.
“As much as I like doing the stunts and all that, what I think is really interesting are the relationships and the friendships. In Season 1, we had to introduce the characters, and now we get to go into their lives more. I’m assuming Season 3 will be even more exciting and challenging.”