Nathan Fil­lion Starts Over,

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The Cas­tle star, 47, re­turns to ABC in The Rookie (Oct. 16) as John Nolan, who be­comes the old­est new­bie on the LAPD force—and has to con­vince his fel­low of­fi­cers he’s not just a walk­ing midlife cri­sis who could be putting lives at risk.

What’s your take on start­ing over, like John Nolan does?

I think it’s the new norm. Our so­ci­ety is ev­er­shift­ing and things change so rapidly, you have to be able to change along with it.

What does John bring to his job that a 20-year-old doesn’t?

Ex­pe­ri­ence. And in a lot of ways, that helps him. In a cou­ple of ways, that does him a dis­ser­vice. He’s ac­cus­tomed to a life where ev­ery­thing op­er­ates well within the realm of rea­son, but as soon as some­body’s di­al­ing 911, things are op­er­at­ing out­side that realm.

How are you han­dling the phys­i­cal part of play­ing a cop?

When the new Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble came out, there was a lot of press about how many of the stunts Tom Cruise did. How­ever, for me, just kneel­ing down is a stunt.

Cas­tle had a sense of hu­mor. Will there be hu­mor in The Rookie?

Ab­so­lutely, but the hu­mor will be more re­al­ity based. [Richard] Cas­tle en­joyed spin­ning a yarn; John Nolan is a re­al­ity-based guy.

How do you re­mem­ber your time on Cas­tle?

Fondly. I made a lot of great friends on that show. I re­mem­ber I walked into an au­di­tion and there were five guys in the wait­ing room and all of them had been on Cas­tle. That’s a neat ex­pe­ri­ence.

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