It can’t be easy playing a hotheaded detective on Blue Bloods during the day and then coming home at night. But Donnie Wahlberg has learned how to manage.
Donnie Wahlberg, of course, is a man who needs no introduction. The eighth of 12 siblings, Wahlberg is a well-respected singer, songwriter, rapper, actor record, and film producer. Many of his fans still recognize Donnie as one of the founding members of the boy band New Kids on the Block.
But Wahlberg has also appeared in numerous mainstream movies such as the Saw movies, Zookeeper, Dreamcatcher, The Sixth Sense, Righteous Kill, Ransom, and Band of Brothers. e even produced and starred in his own television series — Wahlburgers on A&E TV.
But since 2014, we have fell in love with Donnie Wahlberg all over again. This time as detective Danny Reagan in the police drama series Blue Bloods. Wahlberg sat down with CBS for an exclusive interview back in 2019 where he talked about how he separates himself from his character.
It’s Not Easy to Play a Detective on ‘Blue Bloods’
As you can imagine, the life of a detective can be a complicated one. And even though Donnie Wahlberg only plays a detective on Blue Bloods, having to constantly get in the mind of one can be draining.
“Those are those darker shades turning up in recent episodes, with a psychic who summons up Danny’s unresolved feelings about his wife. Do some of the plotlines test your emotional resilience?” the interviewer asks.
“I’ve learned that I can’t bring the show home every night,” Walhberg replied. “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, 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.”
The star actor says that the writers of the show let him and his co-stars “play around” with the dialogue to make sure that it comes off as authentic.
“The writers really do trust me to play around with the words and tie it all together, because it’s tough. Even though we’re very much a family show, there’s a lot of police procedure, and to make that sound conversational and authentic is not easy.”
Come to think of it, Donnie Wahlberg, Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, and the rest of the stars of the hit show definitely do a great job of explaining police work to an everyday audience.
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