Marisa Ramirez has been playing Maria Baez on the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods” since 2013. Joining the cast a few years into the show, she quickly became a fan-favorite as the partner of police detective Danny Reagan, played by Donnie Wahlberg. Even though she was a relative late-comer to the show, she’s still blown away by long she’s been able to play her character.
“Blue Bloods” has been entertaining audiences since 2010, and now, 235 episodes later, the show is still going strong. The Tom Selleck-led cast has changed slightly over time. But for the most part, the core group has remained the same. The Reagan family has been consistent throughout the lifespan of the show.
In a March interview with PopCulture, the “Blue Bloods” star talked about the longevity of the show and how it was unexpected.
“It just keeps going. It keeps going. Honestly, I’m still in shock that I’ve been here eight years. You know, it’s insane. It just keeps going. I don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Ramirez said. “But that’s life, you know. And as an actor too I feel like my lease is always up the end of June. And I’m waiting to get a call before I renew it.”
The ‘Blue Bloods’ Star’s Early Career
And Ramirez knows a bit about the longevity of TV shows. In fact, she has plenty of experience on both sides of the coin.
Her first consistent TV role came on the soap opera “General Hospital.” She played a character named Gia Campbell and appeared in more than 100 episodes over two years. Next, she landed a role on “The Young and the Restless,” another storied soap opera. She appeared in 76 episodes from 2006 to 2007. Those two soaps have more than 100 years on television between them.
On the other side, Ramirez has landed series regular roles on a handful of shows that never made it past their first seasons. She appeared in 13 episodes each on “Miracles,” “Mental,” and “Against the Wall.” It’s safe to say she’s seen it all. And she’s not taking “Blue Bloods” for granted.
Interestingly enough, Ramirez didn’t expect to last more than a few episodes on the show in the first place. It goes to her point of feeling like her lease is always about to be up. The life of an actor can be unpredictable, so spending such a long time on “Blue Bloods” is a welcome change of pace.
“And now it’s been eight years and we’ve developed relationships. And created memories both on and away from the set, and with the crew. Just so much has happened and we’ve all grown up so much since then too,” Ramirez said in the interview. “But, you know, I wasn’t investing too much because I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to do one episode and then I’m going to go back to LA for pilot season.'”