FBI Post-Mortem: Missy Peregrym on Maggie's 'Moral Conflict' with Parenting Ella - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

FBI Post-Mortem: Missy Peregrym on Maggie’s ‘Moral Conflict’ with Parenting Ella

April 2, 2024 by  

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“Behind the Veil” – When a bombing at a local restaurant leaves several injured or dead, including a congresswoman and someone close to Isobel, the team races to apprehend the suspect before another explosive goes off, on FBI, Tuesday, April 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs). Pictured (L-R): Missy Peregrym as Special Agent Maggie Bell and Zeeko Zaki as Special Agent Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan. Photo: Bennett Raglin/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Tuesday, April 2 episode of FBI.]

In the aftermath of FBI’s Maggie (Missy Peregrym) becoming a sudden guardian to her now-deceased friend Jessica’s (Charlotte Sullivan) daughter, Ella, the agent had to reconsider how she could do her job on the Tuesday, April 2 episode, “Behind the Veil.”

“She’s in a situation where there’s a bomb, and she’s the only one that’s going to fit underneath the podium,” Peregrym recalls. “She can go and stop that. OA can’t do it. But it was in her instinct to say, ‘I’ll just do it. It’s okay.’ But [now] to have that hesitation and go, ‘Oh, man, Ella. And Ella’s already worried that I’m not gonna come home.’ There’s guilt there where [Maggie doesn’t] want to put her through this again.”

“My job is so risky, and to be the one who’s getting [Ella] back up on her feet and build her confidence and build her back up from such a huge loss of Jess dying, to then that could happen to me, is something that weighs on Maggie,” she continues. “And I’m not really sure where it’s gonna go. That’s something that we’re definitely gonna explore the rest of the season.”

It’s a “moral conflict” for Maggie, Peregrym notes, trying to figure out what’s best for Ella, long-term. “Of course I love her; I want to take care of her,” she says in character. “I’m happy that I get to step in to do this. I’m up for it. It’s another human life in a very, very, very different, personal way. It’s just so interesting that what I do for work is try to keep everybody safe and take care of them, and it’s part of Maggie’s whole makeup as a person. This is in her blood to do this.”

“But the weight of it, it’s not just about me,” she continues. “It’s so easy with work: Of course I’m going to do the right thing, and I’m just going to put my life on the line. But I can’t do that anymore. I’ve got to think about Ella. And so I think that shift is gonna be difficult and confusing.”

The series will dive back into the Maggie-Ella storyline in a significant way in episode 10, Peregrym shares.

“There’s a conflict for me where I go, ‘Am I the best person to be doing this?’” she previews. “‘What is the right thing for Ella?’ And so I think that that’s the part that we’re gonna explore. I can’t tell you how long the storyline’s gonna go—I don’t think that’s been planned out yet.”

But Peregrym acknowledges this storyline is very, very close to her heart. “I love that I get to have this other very relatable part of Maggie’s life,” she says. “People do this all the time. Women are out there, really, in the world, putting their life on the line in law enforcement, having to really live what I’m just pretending to play. And they’re mothers. They gave birth, and they have three kids, and they get out there every day. And, honestly, I have so much respect for them. I don’t know how they do it.”

“Me, as an actor, just going to work after having two babies, doing this job, having to leave [them or] take the baby to work with me and breastfeed and just worry about, ‘Oh man, a car crash—the vulnerability of a child,’” she continues. “And what if something does happen to me? When you’re breastfeeding, and you’re on the road, and you’re doing these things, and you go, ‘Man, I could be taken out at any point. And I’m the life source for this child right now.’ And even just the pressure of being away from home. [My kids are] a little bit older now, and I have a wonderful, wonderful, loving nanny who helps us. But Tom [Oakley, Peregrym’s husband] takes a lot of the time with the kids as well. And I think we’re doing it. You know, we’re doing the best that we can. But there’s a lot of guilt for me as a mom: that I’m not home all the time and with them in all their moments.”

“I think about women who are really putting their lives on the line and going through all of these things, and it makes me emotional,” she says, tearing up. “So I hope I can do that justice, for Maggie. To reach the women that they have an understanding of how hard it is, that they can see themselves reflected in the storyline.”

FBI, Tuesdays, 8/7c, CBS


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