In a 2018 interview, Mercedes — who is best known for her roles on Fear the Walking Dead and NCIS: Los Angeles — talked about the show’s innate optimism. 

“We’re so hyper-aware of all this hatred and all the horrors going on in the world. I think it’s naturally human instinct to seek some sort of affirmation that human nature is good. That there are still good people out there,” she told UPI.

The brunette beauty, who had just given birth to a baby boy when she first read the script, added, “Not only do I get to play a strong, female character, but I have a team — an amazing group of people — who are supporting me breastfeeding on set, spending time with my son. That’s rare.”

Captain Andersen will certainly be missed. Watch new episodes of The Rookie every Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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