Missy Peregrym talks 'Rookie Blue's' romantic problems

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:58 PM ET

Because she's still a young woman, simple math confirms that Missy Peregrym has spent a significant chunk of her adult life on Rookie Blue.

“I started this at 26 and I'm turning 32,” said Peregrym, who plays Andy McNally. “I grow with her.

“There have been times when Andy goes through things and I end up going through the exact same thing a few months later, and I'm like, 'Why is this happening?' But I took the job because I related to her so much. I don't know where she's going to go. Even though we would love to have all the information – just like my real life – that's not how it works. So it makes it exciting, anyway.”

With Rookie Blue returning for its fifth season, Monday, May 19 on Global, if I could give Andy McNally one piece of advice, it would be, “For the love of God, start dating outside the police station!”

“I know,” said a laughing Peregrym. “But that doesn't work in the writers' room.”

Andy's heart is split again, between current boyfriend Nick (Peter Mooney) and former boyfriend Sam (Ben Bass). Complicating matters is that back in the season-four finale, as Andy was riding in the ambulance with a wounded Sam, she declared that she still loves him.

But as messy as that gets pretty quickly in the new season, Andy's most significant new relationship is with a rookie cop named Duncan (Matthew Owen Murray). Andy ends up being Duncan's training officer, bringing her full-circle on the whole rookie thing.

“That's exactly right,” Peregrym said. “She was just starting to become pretty confident with what she was doing. Then all of a sudden she's a rookie again by being a training officer.

“It's really in Andy's hands, because when Duncan fails, everybody fails. It's dangerous for the community; it's dangerous for the other people who are working with him. She wants him to succeed, but she doesn't know if more time and more tutelage is going to help him through it.

“She wants to make him more confident, because the calmer you are, the better decision-making skills you'll have. So once he settles into it maybe he'll be better, or maybe he just doesn't have what it takes. It's pretty tough to be the person to make that call.”

Speaking of tough calls, Global made the decision this season to air Rookie Blue a month ahead of ABC in the U.S., rather than waiting for a simulcast. Peregrym is a Canadian, but she admitted she's very curious about how the American viewing audience will react.

“Obviously I'm hoping it doesn't affect the ratings (in the States) and people still tune in,” Peregrym said. “We can't control the media, we can't control fans getting on Twitter and YouTube and uploading and pirating. So I assume it's all going to be out there, and I just hope it won't hurt.

“We'll see what happens. I'm holding my breath a little bit, because I've never been part of something like this. But the fan loyalty has been superb, so I hope that continues.”

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