Exclusive Interview: Rookie Blue’s Travis Milne Talks Final Episodes, Season 4 & More

Rookie Blue's Travis Milne

Travis Milne can’t wait for the fans to see the final episodes of this third season of Rookie Blue.

The actor, who plays straight-laced police officer Chris Diaz, talked to TV Equals about the growth his character has undergone, what’s in store for fans in Season Four and one aspect of his role that has proven to be a challenge. You can watch the Rookie Blue season finale this Thursday September 6 at 9/8c on ABC.

Your character, Chris Diaz, is generally a by-the-book character. How do you think Chris has changed over the course of this season?

Travis Milne: The procedural way of how some of the police delegate on this show really push the envelope in terms of the struggle between morality and what technically you should do. So I feel like Chris has kind of had to put the book away…He’s really starting to come into his own as a police officer. And I feel like that’s something that happens in reality with a lot of police officers. There’s a fine line between doing everything by the book and sometimes saying “We should put this aside because there’s more at stake than just following the rules.”

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Do you think Jerry Barber’s [Noam Jenkins] death contributed to some of that with Chris?

Travis Milne: Yeah, I mean, that’s definitely one of the things that’s affected everyone in a different way, and with Jerry Barber gone, I think it’s made Chris realize how precious life really is, and that there is only one thing that’s certain in life and that’s death. From this point to that, the mark that you leave on this world is up to you, so I think it’s an eye-opener to Chris, and it’s exciting to be playing the transition now. I feel like I’m getting to do a large arc with this character. We started him out so naïve and innocent and pure and now, he’s just kind of come into his own and find an edge. And a quote that I really love is “If you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything.” And I feel like he’s almost starting to live by that quote.

What do you think is the toughest thing about this role?

Travis Milne: Being in such a [large] ensemble cast, you only get flickers sometimes each episode to really do something and to show that the character is still relevant and making changes and going through stuff, and for me, it’s to make sure that even if the scene is a tiny, tiny scene, you still have to bring it…making sure you’ve done your preparation, and you bring you’re A-game, even if it’s a scene that’s only one or two lines deep. You never take that for granted…That would be the thing that I focus on the most, making sure that I’m showing Chris in the appropriate light.

Do you have any message for the fans of the show as Rookie Blue heads into its season finale?

Travis Milne: Get ready. Buckle up. It’s going to be really really great. And for people who’ve seen this show from the beginning, I’m just excited. I’m excited for fans to watch this show because at the end of the day, that’s all it’s really about. Willie Nelson always said that…and it’s so true. It’s all about the people that enjoy watching the show and enjoy the characters and enjoy the story, so I’m excited for them to see it and to share these last two episodes. I’m even more excited for them season four. It’s getting off to a really great start. This show just keeps looking better and better. We’re all really coming into our own as to who are characters are and telling the best story we can.