‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Will Estes Spoke Out on What He Wants to See in an Episode Script

by Joe Rutland

“Blue Bloods” actor Will Estes has been on the show since the first season. He’s seen enough scripts to know what he wants in it.

“I think it was Spencer Tracy that said ‘Days off,'” Estes said in a 2021 interview with Glitter Mag. “But seriously, folks, good story, first, people attached, good character arc, location – probably in about that order.”

Estes, who plays Sergeant Jamie Reagan on the CBS crime drama, understands that “Blue Bloods” revolves around the power of storytelling. Each episode focuses on something that’s happening within the New York Police Department. Obviously, it can focus on an issue within the Reagan family itself.

But Estes has been part of the core cast for the show’s 11 seasons. He’s coming back in the fall, though. Estes will be joined by Tom Selleck, who plays NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan. Other cast members include Donnie Wahlberg [Detective Danny Reagan] and Bridget Moynahan [Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan].

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Knows Importance Of Family Dinner Scenes

Obviously, Estes and the other Reagan family members gather around the dinner table. They are crucial to “Blue Bloods” episodes because some issues get resolved and others arise as surprises.

But there is an awful lot of pressure on the actors to get their dialogue right.

In an interview with WFSB 3, Vanessa Ray and Will Estes talked about why the Reagan family dinner scenes can be stressful at times.

“It’s a scary room to forget a line at because it’s a really long scene to shoot,” Estes said. “And you’re surrounded by consummate professionals. So when you go up on a line at that table, it’s a lot of people watching you mess up.”

Ray and Estes also play a married couple in Eddie and Jamie Reagan on the CBS show. She had her own opinion about those scenes, too.

“But I would be lying if I didn’t say that it was one of the most intimating tables to come to, for sure,” Ray told WPRI 12 in 2018. “I was nervous. I didn’t want to step on toes. And I wanted to make sure I was sitting in the right place.”

Another of the show’s actors who have been with “Blue Bloods” since its first season is Wahlberg. The original member of “New Kids on the Block” said he couldn’t bring that show home with him.

“I’ve learned that I can’t bring the show home every night,” Walhberg said in an interview with CBS. “I have to separate from it, or I’ll get tired of it.

“So part of it is my not reading the scripts in full — sometimes by necessity,” he said, “but also it’s become really fun and a great exercise to have elements of improv class in showing up on the set. By changing my approach every season on the show, it allows me to make the show fresh and fun every single year.”