‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Bridget Moynahan Spoke on Connection to the Reagans Due to Her Irish-American Family

by Josh Lanier

Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan said the dinner scenes in the show remind her of her own Irish heritage. She grew up having weekly family meals that could get heated, but there was always love at the end.

She told Parade magazine that she’s carried on the tradition with her new family. Though, the meals aren’t nearly as dramatic as the ones on Blue Bloods.

“We aren’t as confrontational—the Reagans definitely get their issues out on the table,” she said. “But we had family dinners every Sunday, and now I do that. I’ll have over whoever can make it, and I use the same recipes my mom served, like roast chicken. I recently asked her to write them down, because I end up calling her throughout the day to ask questions. But she probably won’t, because I think she enjoys the calls.”

Moynahan plays hard-charging assistant district attorney Erin Reagan. And like all Reagans on Blue Bloods, she isn’t afraid to share her opinion.

Interestingly, in a previous interview with CBS This Morning, one of the hosts asked her does the cast actually eat the food on the table. It takes hours to shoot those scenes, and the food isn’t very appealing.

Again, she leaned on her Irish roots, saying the only thing she eats are potatoes. “Everything else is suspect,” she joked.

‘Blue Bloods’ Dinner Scenes ‘Most Vulnerable’

Every week, the Reagan family gathers around the dinner table on Blue Bloods to hash out that episode’s issues. They’ve become a centerpiece of the show, and Moynahan has a theory as to why.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, the Blue Bloods said she believes it’s because the characters are at their most vulnerable in those moments.

“I think it’s the moment that people A) get to see the characters as real humans and the most vulnerable because you’re with your family. But I also think it’s a moment they reflect and think, ‘gosh, I wish we were able to do that,” Moynahan said. “Or maybe looking back on memories and yearning for that. So I think it’s a little bit of all.”

This Morning co-host Gayle King wanted to know if the dinner scenes in Blue Bloods were more about nostalgia. Tom Selleck, the patriarch of the Reagan family said that it’s a combination of things.

“I think some had it and don’t anymore (and) some never had it and wish they did,” Selleck said. “I think, mostly in our culture, it doesn’t happen anymore.”

He added that the best dinner episodes are when they argue and bicker and, as Moynahan pointed out, make themselves vulnerable.

“Our best ones, and oddly enough, our most emotional ones, are when we fight,” Selleck said.