Missy Peregrym tries to bring more lightness to ‘FBI’

Actress’ character is going through some changes on CBS drama

Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym may not be playing a completely new Maggie Bell on “FBI” now, but changes are afoot.

The “Rookie Blue” alum likes subtlety, so she’s pleased that it’s applying to her current character as Season 2 of CBS’ Dick Wolf-produced Tuesday drama series unfolds. Having spent the show’s freshman season grieving the death of her husband, Maggie is beginning to reboot her personal life gradually, even if it’s just a matter of joking around more with her FBI partner “OA” Zidan (played by Zeeko Zaki) — and Peregrym is enjoying the pace and style of the transition.

“She really wants to move forward from what’s happened,” Peregrym confirms of Maggie. “It was a big deal last year to have that weight. It was fun to do the story line, for sure; I love all that stuff anyway, anytime there’s character work. This year, we definitely wanted to have a lighter tone … not that everything’s suddenly fine with Maggie, but she has to be healthy and happy to do her job well. Things come up that challenge her and ask her what she really wants.”

The ever-more-familiar partnership with OA is a big element in Maggie’s personal growth.

”We tried to show that last year a little bit,” says Peregrym, who is expecting her first child with husband Tom Oakley, “but everything was so intense all the time. I think it’s important to show why we get along, that we have a connection outside the job. (The work is) serious, but people can’t live that way alone. You have to have a certain amount of lightness as well to survive the job, so we’re trying to put more of that in this season.”

Birthdate: June 16, 1982

Birthplace: Montreal

Current residences: New York and Los Angeles

Marital status: Married to Australian actor and producer Tom Oakley (they’ll mark their first anniversary at the end of December)

Other television credits include: “Van Helsing,” “Ten Days in the Valley,” “The Night Shift,” “Saving Hope,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Motive,” “Cybergeddon,” “Rookie Blue,” “Reaper,” “Heroes,” “Life As We Know It,” “Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss,” “Andromeda,” “Smallville,” “Tru Calling,” “Jake 2.0,” “Black Sash,” “The Chris Isaak Show,” “Dark Angel”

Movie credits include: “Backcountry,” “Wide Awake,” “Stick It”

Jay Bobbin

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