May 21, 2015 2:32 pm

Peter Mooney back in uniform for new season of ‘Rookie Blue’


ABOVE: Watch Peter Mooney talk about Rookie Blue on Global’s The Morning Show.

TORONTO — Peter Mooney isn’t a cop. He just plays one on TV.

“When we’re in uniform, people often confuse us for the real deal,” said the Rookie Blue star. “The uniforms are pretty similar. A little more tailored.

“But that’s been pretty funny over the years.”

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Mooney, 31, is back in uniform as Nick Collins for the sixth season of Rookie Blue, which premieres Thursday night on Global.

Production wrapped late last year and Mooney said he’s anxious to see how it looks.

“We get to experience it at the same time as the audience experiences it,” he told Global News. “I won’t have seen [the first] episode until [it airs].”

Unlike fans of the show, though, Mooney has a pretty good idea how it all unfolds.

“The audience left off with two pretty big bombs dropped,” he said. “There was an explosion in the evidence room, which we’re going to delve into and figure out what exactly was going on, and there’s the revelation that Marlo (Rachael Ancheril) is pregnant — and it’s not Nick. Nick’s got nothing to do with that one.

“That’s going to be a really big one for the audience. There’s a lot of story there.”

Born in Winnipeg, he developed an early passion for performing with the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and honed his craft at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.

Mooney got a few small parts on TV before he landed a role on Global’s original series Falcon Beach. He joined the Rookie Blue cast in the third season.

“I came on a little late so I’m glad that I’ve had a long run with it,” he said, “because it’s a really fun show to do.”

Mooney said he tries to return to the stage as often as he can.

“I love the theatre,” he said. “I love the immediacy of theatre. You get that in television, too, but just for the length of each take. It’s great to be able to do it for two hours straight.”

Mooney said he believes made-in-Toronto Rookie Blue has been a success because of its cast of characters.

“There’s a real camaraderie and a real chemistry at 15 Division and I think that comes across on the screen,” he said. “People pick up on that.”

Mooney added he loves being able to interact directly with fans via social media “and get their reactions as the season’s going on.

“It’s really great to see that engagement and see how invested people are.”

Season 6 premieres May 21 on Global.

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