‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Donnie Wahlberg Explained Why Danny ‘Has to Be Hardheaded’ with Reagan Family

by Megan Molseed

What would it be like to show up to work and immediately have to get fiery in front of legendary actor Tom Selleck? “Blue Bloods” actor, Donnie Wahlberg knows all too well what that feeling is like.

During a 2019 interview, the New Kid on the Block singer discussed his first-ever scene on “Blue Bloods.” He also discussed why it was important for him to play the scene perfectly, despite how uncomfortable it may have been right out of the gate.

“The very first dinner scene was the first scene we shot,” the actor told CBS Watch! in 2019.

“Do you know how hard it is to show up, 10 actors, and Tom at the head of the table, and I’ve got to have this knock-down, drag-out with Bridget?” the actor asked. “If I’m not ready to go full-out in that scene, the show doesn’t work.”

The “Blue Bloods” Tradition Is A Valued One

Danny Reagan is the son of New York City Police Commissioner, Frank Reagan. Frank is portrayed by Tom Selleck. Each member of the Reagan family holds a position within the New York City legal system. Danny’s brother, Joe, who was murdered before the show’s events began in the 2010 season premiere, was a police officer.

Danny’s other brother, Jamie (Will Estes) briefly stepped away from the Reagan family’s tradition by attending Harvard Law School. However, Jamie returned to his “Blue Bloods” roots and served as a New York Police Department Police Officer. Jamie was later promoted to Sergeant. Danny’s sister, Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) portrays the New York City Assistant District Attorney.

In one episode, Frank Reagan notes that he believes Danny is the child who is most like him. It seems it is mostly Danny’s proclivity towards stubbornness paired with a fierce dedication to the job and to the family that leads Frank to this conclusion.

Danny May Not Follow His Father’s Footsteps, But His Values Are The Same

“I do think Danny’s all in like Frank,” Donnie Wahlberg said. “To be a uniformed officer like Frank and make it all the way up to commissioner, you’ve got to be all in.”

The “Blue Bloods” star added that while he doesn’t believe Danny will end up following in his father and grandfather’s steps. Both men went on to become New York City Police Commissioner. Wahlberg feels that his “Blue Bloods” character will remain with the force as long as he possibly can.

Wahlberg’s dedication to making sure his “Blue Bloods” character finds that fiery nature during each episode means that he has to be just as hard-headed in front of the legendary actor that is playing his father on the hit CBS television series.

“Danny has to be hardheaded and fiery in front of Frank,” said Donnie. The actor noted that while it may be difficult, it is all part of acting. “I had to be willing to do that in front of Tom. Any good actor would know that’s what you have to do—you commit.”