Matt Murray is doing dual television duty this summer, and he couldn’t be happier about it.
A co-star of ABC Family’s new Wednesday sitcom “Kevin From Work,” he also is continuing his role as Officer Duncan Moore on ABC’s Thursday police drama “Rookie Blue,” which is nearing the end of its sixth season. Largely an annoyance and outcast around 15 Division after accusing Officer Andy McNally of having professionally abused him, Moore has spent recent episodes seeking his peers’ good graces, partially by helping them get the goods on his corrupt police-commissioner stepfather.
“I think everybody deserves a second chance,” Murray tells Zap2it. “Now, with that in mind, you don’t have to give them your bank-account number … just a chance to redeem themselves. Everybody knows what Duncan did, but they’re like, ‘OK, well, we still have to work with him.’ It’s no longer him having to defend himself with his stepdad, who’s not the one who will clean up his messes. Now, he wants to clean up his own messes.”
Indeed, Moore “wants to be a good cop, like everybody else is,” notes Murray. “Everybody does make mistakes, and you see one of the cops do that in every episode. He has to adjust his tactic with everybody, and getting to know everybody is helping him to grow, to think before he acts.”
Also identified often as Matthew Owen Murray, the actor has dual American-Canadian citizenship, and he’s found considerable work north of the border in recent years.
“When I was doing ‘Rookie Blue,’ I lived in Toronto,” he explains of filming both Seasons 5 and 6 there last year. “I moved there from Detroit to go to theater school, because it’s generally a lot cheaper there than in the States. My teacher suggested that I stay in Toronto, because of the connections and stuff. And ‘The Firm’ (the former NBC series, which shared a production facility with ‘Rookie Blue’) was the first set I ever worked on.”
The benefits of being on “Rookie Blue” are confirmed constantly to Murray, who deems the show’s fan base “amazing. It’s huge. I get it every day, just walking down the street. In fact, I went and looked at an apartment recently, and the lady said she’d check with me later in the day to see what my decision was … and she ended up texting me a picture of me on ‘Rookie Blue’ and asking, ‘Is this you?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s me!’ The fans are everywhere.”