‘Blue Bloods’ Star Vanessa Ray Said Being On Show Is like ‘Winning the Lottery’ As an Actor

by Josh Lanier

Vanessa Ray said landing the role of Eddie Marie Reagan on Blue Bloods was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In fact, she said it was like “winning the lottery.”

Ray, who was speaking to a CBS affiliate in 2018, said the show’s longevity. And the fan’s love of the show has been amazing.

“I had no idea that I would be blessed enough to be on a show that’s so well-loved and running so long,” she said. “It’s a pretty cool gig to get, and it’s kind of like winning the lottery as an actor. It’s like, ‘Wow, this is a show that’s still going and still loved, and we have great fans. So, I’m really grateful.”

Ray’s character married into the Reagan family. And she said it was thrilling to start attending the weekly family dinners on the show.

“I get to play with all these people that I just got to see on TV before,” she said. “I didn’t get to interact much with the other characters… But I would be lying if I didn’t say it was one of the most intimidating tables to come to, for sure. I was nervous, I didn’t want to step on toes, I wanted to make sure I was sitting in the right place.”

She said it was like going to a significant other’s family get-together for the first time. That feeling of wanting to fit in without going unnoticed.

Sami Gayle, who plays Nicky Reagan-Boyle on the show, told CBS News in 2018 that she too can’t believe her luck at being on Blue Bloods.

“I came in on the fourth episode and it has been the greatest gift in the world to be blessed with so much success,” she said

Wahlberg Says ‘Blue Bloods’ Comes With Perks

Donnie Wahlberg said that few jobs provide actors with as much freedom as Blue Bloods. The Danny Reagan actor said the show allows its actors to play with the material and make it their own.

“I think a great day playing Danny is when I remember to be free and try something different every day,” Wahlberg told The Daily Actor in 2010.

“Sometimes things are written a certain way that they kind of guide an actor down a certain road,” he says.

But he said his favorite days are when he deviates from that path by being able to “make discoveries and try things that are completely free and off the cuff.”

He added that he understands his character and knows what will work and what won’t.

“I think the challenge is respecting what’s on the page but also respecting the character and where he comes from. What his choices may be in a situation like this and finding the balance, not going too far.”