Dating back to last season of Rookie Blue there have been suspicions about corruption inside of 15 Division and Wednesday night all of our questions were finally answered. Detective Steve Peck (Adam Macdonald) and Commissioner Santana (Richard Chevolleau) were exposed and arrested for their part in the bombing of the evidence room that happened in the Season 5 finale and for other various wrongdoings. While Santana has seemed dirty to many viewers since he first appeared on screen, many are still reeling from the shock of finding out that Steve was dirty.
How could Steve do this? How could he blow up all the good he had going on with Traci (Enuka Okuma)? Will his sister Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) ever be able to look him in the eye again? For the answers to all of our questions, as well as help in getting over the shock of what Steve has done, The TV Junkies chatted up Detective Peck himself, Adam Macdonald, to help sort through all our feelings over this bombshell. Macdonald shared his thoughts on the episode, what it was like finally getting to work with his Backcountry star Missy Peregrym on screen and what’s next for him. Read on to find out more!
The TV Junkies: You got to play many different facets of Steve in this episode and admittedly he scared us, creeped us out and then made us feel bad for him all in the span of one hour. How challenging was it to play all those different sides to Steve?
Adam Macdonald: To be quite honest, it wasn’t. I loved it. I love playing those kind of roles. I didn’t find it so much challenging as that I found it extremely satisfying. The writers have been very generous with me. Tassie [Cameron, Rookie Blue’s showrunner] has been very generous with me. Prior to Rookie Blue, even in Being Erica, I did a lot of bad guys. I was always the brother that was evil and I consistently played that character where I have a darker motive going on in the scene. I love playing that type of character. I love it.
So it’s more challenging for me when Steve gets up in the parade and talks in front of everybody. Those are hard for me because I’m out of my element a bit–being straight up cop talk–I find that more challenging. Those days I’m nervous on set a little bit. But when I have something to sink my teeth in like what Steve goes through, I love it.
So Tassie took me aside and goes, ‘Oh I have to ask you something because we want to do this with your character. What do you think? Is that OK?’ Because I’m sure some actors are like, ‘No, don’t do that with my character. I don’t want to be that.’ But I was like, ‘F*ck yes!’ I knew they have such great writers on that team and I knew what they would come up with would be great. So then it didn’t happen and all of the sudden this script came in and I was like, ‘Here we go, awesome!’
TTVJ: So you weren’t totally shocked when you heard that Steve was the one posing as Oliver?
AM: During a read through early on in Season 6 Tassie came in the room and said, ‘Adam I need to speak with you.’ The whole room went ‘huh?’ That’s when she told me but said, ‘Don’t tell anybody because we don’t want anyone to know or Traci to know during the scenes that come up. We only want you to know.’ But then Missy like ripped around the corner after the read through and she’s like, ‘What’s going on? Tell me! What’s going on?’ and I said, ‘I can’t! They told me not to tell you.’ That was hilarious because she was like, ‘I want to know what’s going on!’ Enuka found out because she’s an exceptional writer and she wrote the episode before this one. So she had to know what was going on in the future so she found out. So we both knew and it was exciting.
TTVJ: Speaking of Missy, you actually got some one on one scenes with her. You’ve directed her in Backcountry, but Steve and Andy have never had a lot of one on one scenes. What was that like?
AM: I think it’s my favourite scene of anything I’ve done on the show for sure. But it was interesting because working with her I know her, she’s become a very good friend, a very close friend and I know her so intimately as an actor on the camera, with me behind the camera directing her on the feature. I know her nuances. I know her so well. Then to break that wall and actually go in front of the camera and do that very long, intense scene with her face to face–now it feels like I’ve seen her in every facet of creating in that film or television environment. I wrote for her, working with her as a director, working with her as an actor–it’s amazing. Incredible.
TTVJ: Traci didn’t give Steve any chance to defend his actions to her and said she’s done. What do you think Steve would tell her? Is he not a bad guy, just a guy that got caught up doing bad things?
AM: That’s a good question because it’s either one of two things. It’s either a bad person doing bad things or a good person getting caught up and ends up doing questionable or bad things. I always thought of playing Steve as he’s a decent person and he cares. Clearly, he cares about his sister and he cares about Traci, but he got caught up.
Before you know it you get enveloped in it and you’re doing things you shouldn’t, but you’re justifying it because you think you’re doing it for the greater good. If you’re asked, ‘What you did was horrible,’ you’re like, ‘No, what I was doing was for the greater good of the whole precinct.’ Only when you get caught or only when someone like Andy or Traci puts the mirror right in front of you then you know, you reflect back on what you did and then you know and it’s worse.
I always saw the Pecks as the Lannisters [from Game of Thrones] of Rookie Blue.
TTVJ: Well if Steve is really a Lannister then isn’t he just evil?
AM: Well Jaime Lannister has some redemptive qualities. Look at the Pecks, look at the father and the mother–Lannister! Because it’s such a deep, rich history, they aren’t above the law but there’s certain things they can get away with to make the world into the place they want it to be or to safeguard someone they want then they do it. Steve gets caught up and says, ‘I have to do this. I have no choice.’ And he does it.
TTVJ: Is this the last we see of Steve? Are you in any more episodes?
AM: My last scene is with my sister.
TTVJ: What are you working on now? You have a project coming up with Enuka–what can you tell us about that?
AM: First I want to say that I owe a HUGE thank you to the Rookie Blue fans for watching Backcountry because they wanted to watch Missy. It helped a lot because the movie did well but it did even better because it had the support of the fans of the show. Huge thank you to the fans.
The concept I’ve had from the beginning is a trilogy of women surviving extreme circumstances–the first was nature, the second is a domestic and the third is herself. The second is called Wolf at the Door and I approached Enuka to work with me on the script and she decided to take it on and she wrote the script. We’ve done a few drafts and we have a producer in place now so we should be looking to get that going either this year or next year. It’s very exciting. It’ll be in the same vain as Backcountry and I’d love to work with Missy again on a project but we don’t know availability and what’s going on yet.
What do you think Rookie Blue fans? Was Steve a bad guy or did he just get caught up? Sound off with all your comments below!
Rookie Blue airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Global in Canada and Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC in the US.