Rookie Blue Q&A: Ben Bass on the Evolution of Sam, Fellow Cast Members, Canadian Hockey

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Rookie Blue fans have never been able to get enough of Ben Bass. And now that his character of Sam Swarek has finally sealed the deal with fellow cop Andy McNally, those same fans just want more.

I got to speak with Bass about how Sam has changed, what fans might be frustrated with when it comes to this new couple and even his thoughts on Canadian hockey.


This Thursday's episode, "A Good Shoot," deals with some difficult subject matter. Have you ever found a storyline on the show particularly challenging to play?

I did find the season two finale challenging. What was nice about it was that we sort of ventured out of the usual territory of trying to wrap up a story in one episode. They spread out the undercover story over three episode which I enjoyed. The more challenging it is often the more enjoyable it is. The scenes with the character of Jamie Brennan the guy who kidnaps me were very difficult. Just to do the background for it and create a back story and the actual shooting of it was very challenging. Those were my favorite episodes to do and also the most challenging.

Shot of Sam

How do you believe Sam has changed since season one?

I think getting kidnapped by Jamie has affected him and his priorities in life. For me that plays out in the third season and the decisions that he makes with his relationships and putting Andy first.  He said it in the beginning of this season when he says to Andy, 'All you wanted was to keep being a cop and all I wanted was you.'

There were so many obstacles in the way leading up (to them getting together) in the end of [Rookie Blue Season 2]. Then finally it needed to happen for both of them and then all Hell breaks loose. My point is that that was something that was developing for him and then getting abducted and almost killed, it influenced his priorities. I think Sam is very happy to be in a stable relationship and in uniform and doing the regular thing with the woman that he's in love with.

Speaking of Sam and Andy, fans were thrilled to see them finally get together last season. Do you think they will be equally happy with the Sam and Andy story arc this year?

Well, I think they're going to be happy with certain things and frustrated with other things.  By frustrated I mean in a good way. I think they'll be surprised and I think…well they're going to be upset, frankly, but not in a bad way. It's just not going to be smooth sailing.  That would be boring anyway.  The writers have found ways to keep up the dramatic tension and have things get really complicated later. 

Sam occasionally makes comments that get fans wondering about his past. Will we learn more about Sam's history this season?

"There's a little bit but... they don't delve too much into it. There are a few things that are revealed but they've held off on that front. They like to create a sense of mystery and that gives us something to explore later on. With all the things they have going on in the third season, they've saved delving into that for later."

Now that it's been three seasons, what is it like to work with Missy and the gang at the 15th?

What's great about it is that you get to know each other's rhythms so well. It's like working with close friends. We have a good understanding of how the other works and its supportive and fun. It's not just with Missy it's with everybody who's there. It's a tight knit group. You get spoiled. You usually don't get those kind of connections with people and those kinds of working relationships. There's sort of a family feeling and that extends to the crew as well.  I think it really helps to know each other and believe in each other's work.  I think it helps the acting in that there's a lot to draw on. It's fun and the more you know somebody it really does help the chemistry of the characters on the show."

Your Canadian fans wanted me to ask a very important question. Who is your favorite hockey team?

(Laughs) It's a toss up between Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. (More laughs)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Whats up with all this Hispanic actor OHIO, LA demographic stuff.. It's a Canadian show, shot in Toronto I believe and is based in Canada. It's a friggen show why on earth are people getting so caught up on lead rolls and their nationality?? It's a little cliche to have a completely balanced cast. What do you expect.. The village people? And the ones getting all fed up with the actors real life.. WHY? What does it matter to you what they do, did or look like? Is your life really that boring that you need to busy yourself with such topics. Turn on the TV watch the show and enjoy it for what it is. Taking time to google, and research what a person does that bugs you is just reflects poorly on you. Go ahead and attack someones physical looks, it just makes you look foolish. I've never gotten why people get so caught up in some persons nose job, boob job or how often they brush their darn teeth. Foolishness. Different strokes for different folks. Get over yourself. Your opinion is not that special


I think Ben Bass needs to quit Twitter or at least not post more than once a month, if that much. There are too many idiot fans out there going "follow me" and asking him dumb questions. Too many idiot fans such as below take this show too seriously! Quit bothering him with "Sandy" nonsense, he is an ACTOR not the writer. He is NOT a fan of the show, he is a professional. Sam Swarek does not exist when they yell cut so quit asking him dumbass questions such as what would cause them to break up and when did he fall in love with Andy. ASK THE DAMN WRITERS!! GET A CLUE: he takes the script home, learns his lines, waits for "Action!" does his thing then goes home. He couldn't care less about Missy she is not his wife, she is a coworker. Get it through you thick skulls, retarded fangirls! I miss when Ben Bass was completely unknown in the USA and didn't have to put up with idiot nonsense from dangerous fans who cannot tell an actor from his part. You LITTLE GIRLS are very creepy!!!!


Ouch that hurts to a Blackhawks fan :)


Ben Bass is a wonderful actor. He seems like a really great person. I love him as Sam Swarek. His on screen chemistry with Missy Peregrym is off the charts. I look forward to watching him every Thursday.I hope we get many more seasons of this great show.


hat comment made that person called Alex are comments IDIOTS! better discuss your opinion but on the program on the lives of the actors are the only thing acotas IDIOTESESSSSSS.


I really love Ben bass. I never heard of him before rookie blue. He is so handsome, he certainly upstages any of the actors you see here in the USA. I would love to see him star in a romantic comedy or an action film. It doesn't matter.


Anthony, The show is filmed in Canada by a mainly Canadian cast. I don't know that they've ever said which city Rookie Blue is supposed to take place in but I've just always assumed it was Toronto.


Ben Bass is great in the show and so is the supporting cast, but I can't stand Missy Peregrym anymore, trying to upstage him, her acting went downhill on Season 2! Please fire Missy Peregrym and find a replacement for her character!! After seeing her conceited antics on you tube and her idiot tweets I have lost all respect for her and yes it bleeds onto her character. Whatever happened to actors maintaining professionalism? If you have a show running don't act like a fool (to keep it clean) and make viewers sorry for ever being a fan of you. She has totally ruined the show for me, I can't stand her as a person she's big headed, full of herself and don't get me started her ugly mug: what the heck is up with her hollowed cheeks filled with silicone implants, her nose job and nose tip implant and her jawline surgery including manly chin implant. She's the Heidi Montag of Rookie Blue! Just google her Parissa hairy legs wax removal pix. You will see a completely different chin and face, however she'd already had one nose job there but not has bad as her current one. I can't wait for her to get a botched up nose job so we never hear from her again.


If you have a Jew, Epstein, then a hispanic lead actor then would it not be logical to have hispanics part of the main characters? I mean, this target area or demografic group is huge and that means unrealized revenue for all corporations across the nation despite some racist views and making this show extremely popular to all demographics.


Again, as before, where are the Hispanic lead actors? I mean, if they are in LA then there should be latino or latina lead actors or what country or city are they shooting at? OHIO?

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