David Paetkau describes the behind-the-scenes swagger of 'Flashpoint'
Now playing the longest running role of his career, David Paetkau is settling in.
Paetkau’s character, Sam, joined the elite police squad in the first season of “Flashpoint,” as an ex-military officer, running from a tragedy in Afghanistan.
Several missions later, Sam’s lost that “rookie” tag and is quickly becoming the backbone of the Strategic Response Unit.
According to Paetkau he thinks “Sam has always had confidence, and now he’s in control. He’s not a rookie anymore. He’s gained some experience and wisdom and he’s turning into a pro.”
In some ways, Sam’s progression on the series models the growth of the show itself, which has become a well-oiled machine, dominating both the ratings and critical praises, including an overwhelming number of Gemini nominations.
“I feel like we’re a lot more confident with our show, especially with a Canadian show, when you’re starting out, you don’t know how it’s going to be received. Now that we’re kind of established and popular, we’ve got a bit of swagger, and that’s fun. Character-wise, it’s business as usual. Each challenge is met with a little less recklessness and a little more confidence,” says Paetkau.
“It’s more comfortable. You know what’s working and what didn’t and you have that history to draw upon. Writers have a feel for your character. It’s the longest I’ve ever played the same character. It’s interesting to go along with the journey.”
While the third season is currently airing on CTV (with full episodes available online at CTV.ca), a fourth season of the series has already been ordered.
Paetkau, born and raised on Canada’s west coast, has also begun warming up to life in Toronto, Ontario, where “Flashpoint” is filmed.
“Torontonians are very proud of the show. I get stopped regularly and it’s very flattering and nerve-wracking at the same time. That has increased exponentially each year. The city has really grown on me. I didn’t know much about the city when I first came here, but the more time I spent in Toronto, the more I like it,” says the actor.
“What amazes me about Toronto, is that I keep discovering new neighborhoods that I never knew existed! There’s just so many great pockets in the city that I’ve yet to explore. You stumble upon them.”
However, when shooting wraps on “Flashpoint,” Paetkau is eager to head back home to Vancouver, where he lives with his wife and step-daughter.
“Flashpoint” airs Friday nights on CTV.