Missy Peregrym has done other series, but she's glad to know a sizable audience is awaiting the return of her latest one.
Previously seen on "Reaper" and "Heroes," the model-turned-actress is back as novice cop Andy McNally as the drama "Rookie Blue" starts its second ABC season Thursday, June 23. It begins its new round the same night in her native Canada, where the show is made -- and where it's also well-watched.
"It got the best ratings in 20 years, and the only reason I know it's 20 years is that's how far back the records go," Peregrym says. "We were getting ratings like hockey games, which is a big deal. We also did better than expected in the States, so we were all pretty thrilled."
Indeed, it took only three airings last summer for ABC and Canada's Global Television Network to renew "Rookie Blue," but Peregrym maintains even that was terrifying.
"We'd see every week how we did," she says, "and I don't think anybody felt it was a shoo-in, by any means. We're all very grateful to be able to go back."
Doing so means resuming the "Rookie Blue" love triangle that involves Andy with her now-former training officer, Sam Swarek (Ben Bass), and plainclothes detective Luke Callaghan (Eric Johnson).
In fact, season two finds Andy now living with Luke, and the opening sequence requires her to sing and dance around their kitchen to the Hall and Oates standard "You Make My Dreams," a la the 2009 movie "(500) Days of Summer."
Peregrym laughingly recalls doing "one too many" takes of the scene. "I just remember having to suck it up and thinking, 'All right, you're going to make a fool of yourself. The end.' "Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times