Missy Peregrym is a gorgeous Canadian actress who is currently getting good notices for performance as Officer Andy McNally in the crime drama, “Rookie Blue”. The Toronto based series (which has been described as a “Grey’s Anatomy” for rookie cops) has just entered its fifth season and has received many nominations for Canadian drama awards, including one for Peregrym.
Before “Rookie Blue”, Missy was probably best known for her debut big screen role, as rebellious gymnast Haley Graham in the 2006 late spring hit “Stick It”. Starring alongside Jeff Bridges and Vanessa Lengies (of “American Dreams” fame), Missy plays an elite-level gymnast who has to battle a domineering mother, a nightmare coach and legal troubles to try and win a gymnastics invitational that will help her win a college scholarship. The film proved to be a minor hit just before the summer blockbuster season, and it gave Missy her first real mainstream notices.
Before Missy’s acting career began in 2002, she was born and raised in Canada (Born in Montreal, raised in British Columbia). A self-described tomboy, she played soccer growing up and developed a strong affinity for snowboarding in her free time. When she turned 18, she started modeling. Among the campaigns she participated in were ones for Mercedes Benz, Sprint and the Olympics. At age 20, she got her first acting role in a guest appearance in the Jessica Alba sci-fi drama “Dark Angel”.
Missy’s time modeling, and her brief appearance on “Dark Angel”, lead to her getting another guest role on the “Chris Isaak Show” and then getting her first lead role, on the WB martial arts show “Black Sash” (which lasted only 8 episodes). She followed up with more guest roles in shows like “Jake 2.0” and “Smallville” while also having a small part in the Heidi Fleiss biopic “Call Me”.
In 2004, Missy scored another long-term role in the teen drama “Life As We Know It”. It lasted a full season on ABC (and was notable for giving Kelly Osbourne her first non-reality tv role). The next step for Missy was the humorous show “Reaper” on the CW. For that show’s two season run, Missy played Andi Prendergast, the girlfriend of Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) who has a secret job working as a bounty hunter for the Devil (played by Ray Wise). She also had a multiple episode arc on “Heroes” before landing her current success with “Rookie Blue”.
In her personal life, Missy is involved in philanthropic efforts. In 2006, she partnered with TOMS shoes, a company known for providing free, safe shoes to impoverished communities. Just this past summer, Missy also made an industry love match when she married “Chuck” star, Zachary Levi.
In a recent romantic scene in “Rookie Blue”, a torso tattoo was visible on Missy. A look at some of her other photo shoots show that it was not just something for her show’s character. It was, in fact, a real tattoo of her’s. Missy has been somewhat private about her body art. So, I have not been able to determine what it says. However, her are a few photos that show it.
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