‘Blue Bloods’ Star Vanessa Ray Said the Family Dinner Scene Was the ‘Most Intimidating Table’ She’s Visited: Here’s Why

by Katie Maloney

What’s it like stepping into one of the most close-knit family dinner tables on television? “Blue Bloods” actor Vanessa Ray shared the details.

Vanessa Ray first came onto the “Blue Bloods” scene in 2013 for Season Four. She began as a recurring guest star while playing Edit “Eddie” Janko, Jamie Reagan’s new partner at work. However, sparks quickly flew between Eddie and Jamie, and the two got engaged a few seasons later. During an interview in 2018, Ray talked about her time on “Blue Bloods.” One of the most memorable discussions was that of the infamous family dinner scenes. It wasn’t until her character, Eddie, and Jamie Reagan got engaged that she became a regular at the Reagan family dinner table. One would think that the transition was an easy one. However, Ray said that filming her first family dinner scene was a lot like meeting the family of her partner for the first time. She said she was incredibly intimidated and didn’t want to “step on toes.”

Why Was the Family Dinner Scene Intimidating for Vanessa Ray?

“It’s definitely fun because I get to play with all of these people who I sort of just got to watch on TV before. I didn’t really get to interact very much with the other characters other than sort of in the hallway like, ‘It’s nice to see you.’ So it’s fun to get to play with them as well,” said Ray.

But, there were also some nerves involved with meeting the entire family for the first time.

“But I would be lying if I didn’t say that it was one of the most intimating tables to come to, for sure,” said Ray. “I was nervous. I didn’t want to step on toes. And I wanted to make sure I was sitting in the right place.”

Luckily both Ray and her character fit in perfectly at the Reagan family dinner table. And she’s been dining with them every week ever since.

What’s in Store for Jamie And Eddie in the Next Season of ‘Blue Bloods’?

Jamie and Eddie have navigated a lot together over the last several seasons. They started as partners, fell in love, got engaged. They even navigated a shift in dynamic when Jamie got promoted and was technically Eddie’s “superior” at work. So, what’s in store for the couple next season? Executive Producer, Kevin Wade said that fans could see Jamie continue to rise in the ranks next season.

“For now, we’re just gonna play probably Jamie’s promotion,” said Wade during an interview. “If they said this show’s going to run for six more years. I’m guessing that Jamie may well be in 1PP before it was over. Not necessarily as commissioner, but he seems like the guy who’s on his way up on that side of things.”