Priscilla Faia knew her “Rookie Blue” entrance would be splashy.
It was written that way: At the end of the most recent episode of the ABC police drama, her somewhat kooky, quite chatty — and certainly uninhibited — character, Chloe Price, introduced herself to lovelorn Officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith) at the gang’s usual hangout, The Black Penny, ending in a very up-close-and-personal moment for them in the site’s restroom.
Cut to Dov’s face when he realizes Chloe is the newest rookie joining him at 15 Division — and also is the goddaughter of his supervisor, Sgt. Frank Best (Lyriq Bent) — as Season 4 of the Canadian-made show resumes Thursday (June 27), after a three-week hiatus for NBA Finals coverage.
“It’s being the new kid at school,” the lively, friendly Faia tells Zap2it. “‘Rookie Blue’ had already been successful for three years, and it had a cast and crew that had been working together all that time. You hope that you’re going to fit in, that everyone is going to like you, and that you’re going to get along,”
With such previous credits as USA’s “Psych” and Jennie Garth‘s Lifetime movie “The Eleventh Victim,” Faia went through what she terms “‘Rookie Blue’ rehab” by crash-viewing the series before starting on it. She was relieved to find entering the show very comfortable, adding that also was the experience of this season’s other “Rookie” newcomer: Rachael Ancheril, alias Detective Sam Swarek’s (Ben Bass) new girlfriend, Officer Marlo Cruz.
“Everyone was so kind and welcoming,” Faia reports, noting she and Ancheril “were each other’s sounding board” in the course of adjusting to their jobs. That was a help as both actresses got used to wearing police uniforms.
“It’s such a bizarre thing,” Faia allows. “With any job, you book it, you go into wardrobe and then you do your thing … but this is something else. We’re very lucky, because we have a seamstress who makes our uniforms look less boxy and as form-fitting as possible, but it’s weird when you put everything on.
“I’m still a rookie (as Chloe), so I still have my tie. Then there’s the belt and the vest, but I think the piece that really makes it all real is the gun belt. There’s something about strapping that thing on that just makes you stand differently. I’ll never forget the first time I put it on.”
For her “Rookie Blue” debut at the end of the May 30 episode, Victoria, B.C., native Faia invited friends over to watch. Since she didn’t turn up until the last five minutes, she muses it possibly was the longest hour of her life.
“It was kind of just … silence,” she recalls with a laugh of the room’s reaction to her first big scene. “Everyone really wanted to watch. I was actually excited to see (the other actors’) stuff, because we don’t all shoot together. Then, when I knew my scene was coming up, I was like, ‘Oh, goodness.’
“I’m happy with the way it turned out, though. I think people are like, ‘Jeez, poor Dov,’ but they’ve been really kind in what they’ve had to say so far in places like Twitter. This season is so awesome, I can’t wait for people to see it. I think they’ll be really, really happy with it.”