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FBI: MOST WANTED: Shantel VanSanten Reflects on Nina and Barnes’ Bonding Moment

April 11, 2024 by  

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“Footsteps” – The Fugitive Task Force launches into full gear after multiple bombings appear to be targeting retired NYPD officers. Also, Ray decides he’s ready to take the next step in his relationship with Cora, on FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesday, Feb. 20 (10:00-11:00 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): Shantel VanSanten as Special Agent Nina Chase and Roxy Sternberg as Special Agent Sheryll Barnes. Photo: Mark Schafer/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

As Nina (Shantel VanSanten) was struggling with how to best mother her young son—and how to co-parent with FBI’s Scola (John Boyd)—she leaned on an unexpected person: her Fugitive Task Force colleague, Barnes (Roxy Sternberg).

After they solved their case on the Tuesday, April 9 episode, “Supply Chain,” Nina confessed what had been bothering her as they tried to find a mom who was trying to avenge her son’s untimely death via a drug overdose: She and Scola got into a fight—and now was going to be late coming home.

“I feel like he’s avoiding me,” Nina admitted. Nina acknowledged that Scola thought she was obsessed with being overprepared for Dougie, and it was impacting their life together.

“We all want our kids to thrive and be safe in this world, and every parent approaches that differently,” Barnes said, before drawing parallels to her own experience co-mothering with her wife. Barnes also pointed out that it seemed like Nina was really overcompensating versus actually being obsessed.

Nina acknowledged that her own history of not having a mom as she grew up was impacting how she was now parenting…and Barnes advised her not to take her relationship for granted. (Nina took the advice, and she and Scola made up.) 

“It was such an important scene that I was scared they would get rid of, because the episodes [can] run over and the Scola and Nina stuff is what everybody wants to see,” VanSanten tells Give Me My Remote. “But the case is a mother who is fighting for what she feels is justice for her son that she lost—and both Barnes and Nina are mothers. And they also are in relationships. And they both do this really difficult job.”

“I was really honored that we’ve had seven episodes under our belt, and Roxy and I have formed such a wonderful bond on set, that there was this beautiful trust that I felt when I watched that scene,” she continues. “This quiet simplicity of the real moment after a case when you’re with one of your partners. Life is just hard, a case is hard. It mimics your life; you’re kind of struggling through something—and you can confide in one another.”

Watching the scene, “I was really blown away,” she shares. “Roxy is so incredibly talented, and I loved that it allowed Nina to discover more about herself because she was vulnerable and for Barnes to share some of her insight on what she sees. So, I hope that I get more of those types of scenes.”

The good news? More of the show is coming: The series was renewed for a sixth season earlier this week.

“It was such a celebratory moment for all of us—before this season ends to find out that we get to do another season,”  VanSanten says. “Obviously, we had a shorter season because of the strike this year, but to know that we get to come back to a full order of 22 episodes. And for me, personally, just that I get to continue telling stories from Nina’s standpoint and to dive more in with my new family at MOST WANTED. It was a beautiful celebration.” 

“And it was also 68 degrees and sunny and we were in a park [when we found out],” she concludes with a laugh. “So we’re all very happy.”

FBI: MOST WANTED, Tuesdays, 10/9c, CBS


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