During “Blue Bloods‘” eleven seasons so far, the Reagan family has experienced its share of ups and downs. From amazing moments like promotions or weddings to challenges, and even tragedies, the “Blue Bloods” family has been through it all.
Some of the most memorable tragic moments came in surprise twists, such as the death of Linda Reagan the wife of Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) in season seven.
In a 2019 interview with CBS’s WATCH! Wahlberg discussed the plotline, and how he chose to play his character during the Reagan family tragedy.
“Blue Bloods” Characters Have No Time For Self Pity
Donnie Wahlberg explained that the tragedy created a real struggle with his character, as well as the actor himself. Wahlberg explained that both he and fellow “Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck do not like to play “self-pity,” so portraying moments of grief and the resulting decisions can be difficult.
Wahlberg added that he and Selleck, who plays Danny Reagan’s father in the hit CBS series, have similar views on how their character will respond to devastating moments such as the tragic death of Danny’s wife.
“We do not like self-pity,” the actor said. “It is the worst thing to play. Alarm bells go off for both of us.”
However, the actor noted, this is a challenge he is happy to embrace. Wahlberg says that he will look at those moments and try to play them the way he feels Danny would react to the situations. To do this, Wahlberg says, he tries to avoid self-pity and just make it more “matter of fact.”
A Characters Death Is Loss Both On Screen and Off
The filming of the scene where we learn Linda (Amy Carlson) died in a tragic accident was extra hard for the busy actor, with all of the other components of his career.
“I got really teary in that scene,” Wahlberg explained. “When Linda’s death was first revealed, I was also on tour with my band. I literally came from an arena packed full of thousands of screaming people, got on the tour bus, drove to the set, pulled up next to the makeup trailer, then walked onto the set and had to do the first scene—in a psychiatrist’s chair—revealing that Linda was dead.”
The dinner scene following Linda’s death was also difficult for Wahlberg as he portrayed the grieving widower. During the scene, the actor sat and remembered all of the time the two shared during the seven years Linda was on the series while realizing she was no longer there.
“I just let my heart feel what it felt,” said Wahlberg.