‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Says Danny and Baez Can’t Start a Relationship ‘Because They Won’t Have Scenes’

by Jennifer Shea

“Blue Bloods” fans have been pushing for Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) to take his relationship with Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) to the next level. But is that really the best idea?

Wahlberg says no. Because if the two characters did become more than just partners, the actors figure they’d wind up having to do more scenes separately than together.

Wahlberg and Ramirez sat down with CBS’s The Talk last month to discuss that prospect and other aspects of their hit CBS show.

‘Blue Bloods’ Stars Say Their Characters Shouldn’t Start a Relationship

“See, we have a feeling on this,” Wahlberg explained. “Will Estes plays my younger brother on the show, and Vanessa Ray plays his now wife, and they started off as partners, and the minute they got together and got married, they don’t have scenes anymore.”

Add to that the likelihood that, as sweethearts, Danny and Maria would no longer be able to work together – the force frowns on romantic entanglements between partners – and you’ve got a recipe for complications. The writers would have to squeeze in two scenes (for Danny and his new partner and Maria and her new partner) where they previously only had one.

So the writers don’t like that idea. And neither do the actors, according to Wahlberg and Ramirez.

“I don’t want to be here if I don’t have scenes with him,” Ramirez said.

“We do laugh a lot, and there are times when we push it a little too far with our laughter outbreaks, but it makes the day so much fun,” Wahlberg chimed in.

Cast Really Bonded When Filming During Pandemic

After a brief pandemic-induced hiatus, the cast and crew of “Blue Bloods” went back to work. They had to wear masks between takes and social distance, but the human contact in an isolating time really drew them closer together.

And Wahlberg says that closeness has translated well onto the screen in terms of the relationships between members of the Reagan family. For example, the family dinner table scenes gave the cast a precious opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives after their absence from set.

“I think the family’s getting tighter. I think it’s really mirroring our relationships off screen,” Wahlberg said. “Last year when we shot during Covid we were really isolated on set and we really bonded, I think, in a much deeper way. And I think that’s really resonating in the show.”

Starting Oct. 1, “Blue Bloods” fans can catch the Reagan clan Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.