The actress starts her fourth round as police officer Andy McNally when the Canadian-made drama resumes its ABC run Thursday, May 23. The season premiere follows through on last year’s finale, with Andy and peer Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) immersed in a dangerous undercover operation. The episode means some rough stuff for Peregrym physically, but she maintains she’s gotten better at not taking the related emotions home with her.
“People ask if it’s second nature to play Andy now, or if I have to think about it a lot,” Peregrym tells Zap2it, “and it’s kind of a difficult answer. Sometimes, I don’t know where Andy begins and I end. I’m learning from her through stuff I’ve never experienced before; other times, I can project my experiences onto the character and into the story.
“Every time we come back, there’s been a gap,” Peregrym notes of the “Rookie Blue” story line, this time marking another long separation for Andy from colleague and estranged beau Sam Swarek (Ben Bass). “It’s like, ‘How have I grown? Who am I as I start this season?’ And it’s never easy. I think we all have this issue when we come back, wondering what the dynamic is now.”
One fresh aspect is the closer bond between Andy and Collins, evident right from their first scene together. “I think it’s great, and that’s an integral part of the season,” says Peregrym, who adds with a knowing chuckle, “That’s all I can say.”
Season 4 of “Rookie Blue” ended production in Toronto in January, and Peregrym — who won a Streamy Award for her performance in last fall’s Internet miniseries “Cybergeddon” — says it was “particularly challenging because we also shot out of order. Plus, we had new characters coming in. I haven’t seen the season yet, and I’m really excited to.”