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‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Explains How He Learned to Appreciate Longer Storylines in TV

by Matthew Wilson
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“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg has been acting for almost three decades now. And in that time, he said he’s matured as an actor. In a 2010 interview, Wahlberg discussed learning patience as an actor.

He said he learned to appreciate longer storylines in television. Before, he might have been impatient to get to the good stuff and get to the heart of his character. Using his co-star Will Estes as an example, Wahlberg said he’s been more content to let his character Danny Reagan evolve over multiple seasons.

“Like I said in using Will as a reference,” Wahlberg said. “When I was Will’s age I wanted every single part of my character’s story to come out in the very first episode. After the pilot and in every subsequent script I would say, “Man when are we going to get to it?” The reality is, I guess, with age and with experience comes a little bit more patience. Of course, I want to get to it, but I’m not desperate to get to it. In a perfect world, we’ll have a couple of seasons to explore this stuff. The more we come up with good stuff… and not have to go there quite yet, the more we can save that for when it’s the right time and it’s really needed.”

Fortunately for Wahlberg, he’s had plenty of time to explore who Danny is as a character. “Blue Bloods” has lasted 11 seasons on the air and has also been renewed for a 12th season. There will be plenty of adventures and drama left for the Reagans to come.

Donnie Wahlberg on ‘Blue Bloods’ Role

Donnie Wahlberg started acting in the 1990s and once said he had to build up to a role like Danny Reagan. For instance, Wahlberg believed that his entire career led to “Blue Bloods.”

He certainly had a number of roles as police officers over the years, but Reagan may be his most realistic role. He plays the part perfectly and is also the heart of the show. Wahlberg said he had to put aside his vanity for the role in a 2017 interview.

“I think all of my years of acting prepared me for Danny. If I’m ever fortunate enough to do a second run like Tom’s doing of a magnum series (no pun intended), I hope I would be ready for that,” Wahlberg said. Who wouldn’t want a career like Selleck? All of the different parts whether it’s ‘Band of Brothers’ or whatever, prepared me to be this guy. I’m playing him. And I’m playing a police officer who’s in a tough situation. Who’s life is on the line every day, who sometimes walks a very delicate line to get justice.”