'Rookie Blue's' Ben Bass wants the Sam and Andy relationship to be one that the audience can share

Zap2it: Now nearing the end of your third season -- and heading toward your fourth -- as Officer Sam Swarek on "Rookie Blue," how do you keep the character fresh for yourself?Ben Bass: I want to find variations of choices, so I think in terms of what we've done. I try to look back and then try to find some differences. The way I navigate scenes is through what I perceive to be the emotional truth of the character, what he wants from moment to moment.If I say, "I'm going to take you home," and (Missy Peregrym, as Sam's colleague and girlfriend Andy) says, "No, you're not," her impulse is to physicalize that by walking farther into the room. That gives me the message, "She means business," but Sam's also looking out for her interests. And she can push him off only so far.Zap2it: How did that translate into last season's scene when Sam cautioned...



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