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Behind the Scenes: Broad Daylight

  • By Enuka Okuma

Enuka Okuma - Rookie BlueAs soon as Rookie Blue aired, it was so surprising and so lovely that we had such loyal and dedicated fans right out of the gate! I have never seen a response from an audience like that, and it really makes me feel like our characters connected with viewers far more strongly than we all expected. Personally, I like the immediate connection I can have on Twitter with fans, because there's no in-between—it's just you and someone who supports you, and that makes me feel great.

So when our producer Ilana Frank called to tell me that season two was picked up, I was ecstatic. There was a lot of jumping and screaming, hi-fiving anything that would hi-five me back, and I think I wore that smile on my face for days. I'm still smiling actually...

More than anything, I am excited to go back to work with my friends once production starts up again. The cast of Rookie Blue is so special and so much fun, that work really doesn't feel like work. It hasn't actually sunk in that in a matter of weeks, I'll be getting up at 5 am, working a 12-hour day, and will be dead exhausted at the end of that day—but IT DOESN'T MATTER! I'll be working on a show that I love, with people that I love, and it really can't start soon enough.

People often ask me how I am like my character and one thing always comes to mind. When we first started cop training for Rookie Blue, I was pleased to learn that as a police officer, you have to constantly be aware of your surroundings. Much like an animal in the wild, your eyes and ears need to be watching and listening at all times. The thing is, I already do that in a sense, because as an actor, I love to people-watch. Friends and family laugh at me, because when I'm out in public, I notice and comment on practically everything I see. I can't help it! What's different about how Traci Nash senses her surroundings compared to how Enuka Okuma does it, is that Traci must always be ready to spring into action when need be, whereas I'm just clocking information from my people watching and storing it in my bones—getting ready to use it for my next character.

I am itching to get back to work, but right now, I am in the middle of editing my first film. I wrote, directed and produced a short film this summer, and I am frantically trying to get a first cut completed before I head to Toronto for Rookie Blue season two. It was very exciting to be on the other side of the camera, and I look forward to the rest of the post-production process, and eventually having a completed project for the rest of the world to see. Stay tuned...


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