When two attractive young actors are sent to do the media rounds for a series, especially a series that’s basically Grey’s Anatomy with guns, the natural assumption might be that their characters will hook up.
Gregory Smith (Everwood) and Missy Peregrym (Reaper) of Rookie Blue destroyed that assumption.
“We’re like brother and sister,” Peregrym said. “We have a bit of a sibling relationship,” agreed Smith in a separate interview. “We bicker good-naturedly.”
“There was a little confusion at first because I thought I was playing the cool, sexy guy, but people kept asking me what it was like playing the dorky guy,” joked Smith. “So I had a bit of a reality check.”
“Dorky’s the new sexy,” he added with a laugh.
Smith and Peregrym play cops just out of the academy fumbling in their new roles – literally, with handcuffs and holsters, and figuratively with instincts and emotions.
“You have to think completely differently,” said Peregrym about the transition from civilian to rookie. “I think it’s difficult in real life for every cop to be able to transition into that. As much training as you go through, you’re never really prepared for how you feel in every situation, which is what we focus on more than the procedural stuff.”
“It’s not really about the cases and cracking cases and making arrests,” Smith said. “It’s more about jamming your finger in the door when you’re closing it, or accidentally handcuffing yourself – all the trials and tribulations of how to be a cop instead of the beat of being a cop.”
Smith, who plays Dov Epstein, says his character is a “fun guy who tries to be super-serious and cool.”
“At first he talks about all the ménage à trois, crazy sexcapades he’s having, but it seems to be a bit of hot air. Then he finally meets someone later on in the season and it’s one of those be careful what you wish for things.”