Being the new kid on the block is not something Erin Karpluk was used to during her four seasons starring on Being Erica. However, this season she’s had to jump on board the well-oiled machine that is Rookie Blue as Officer Juliet Ward, 15 Division’s newest cop who also had a pretty big secret that she was keeping. While such a situation may lend itself to some pitfalls, in reality “it was one of the easiest transitions into a show I’ve ever had,” Karpluk tells The TV Junkies.
Karpluk also has history with many of the Rookie Blue actors, but says she was welcomed by everyone right from the start. “Priscilla [Faia] ran up to me and threw her arms around me and said ‘Oh my God I loved Being Erica and I’m so excited you’re on the show,’” recalls Karpluk. That welcoming attitude is something that existed throughout the entire cast and she recalls being “so impressed that for being on the air for 6 years there’s no ego. We’d go to cabins on weekends and water ski and have beers. Not only did I have a good professional experience but personally I made a lot of really cool friends.”
That’s not to say that she didn’t use the new kid mentality when playing Juliet. “As an actor why make work harder for yourself?” she says. “How perfect is it that I’m a new officer coming on board to a different division and here I am an actor coming on to a new show? I 100 per cent used that,” Karpluk explains.
While Karpluk was easily brought into the fold as a member of the Rookie Blue family, Juliet has had a bit of a harder time of things, especially since the truth about her working for Internal Affairs has come to light. Karpluk tells us that she had to use a different approach when playing Juliet and saw the good she was trying to do. “I am coming at it looking at it like ‘There’s a problem and something fishy is going on here, not everyone is always a good person and I have to figure this out for the betterment of everyone,’” she says. Moving forward though she says that her fellow officers may have a bit of a change of heart and “she does garner a little bit of professional respect because she helps them clear Oliver’s name.”
So where does that leave things with her and Peter Mooney’s Nick Collins? “If you have a personal relationship with someone and they aren’t being honest with you then that’s a little harder to forgive,” Karpluk tells us. Count Karpluk amongst the many fans hoping that Juliet is finally the nice girl that Nick deserves. “I hope so! I just want Peter’s character to have a happy ending because he’s had such tumultuous relationships up until now,” she says.
Have you enjoyed the addition of Juliet this season on Rookie Blue? Do you want to see her and Nick end up together? Sound off in the 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.
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