‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Opens Up About Advice He’s Learned from Tom Selleck

by Megan Molseed
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Anyone who watches Blue Bloods knows that New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the supreme voice of wisdom.

Tom Selleck’s Frank Reagan is certainly an effective leader within the New York City Police Department. However, his insightful wisdom goes beyond the New York City Police Department walls as Commissioner Reagan is also the insightful Reagan family patriarch. He often helps his three children, and their families as they navigate their own issues within the series.

Apparently, playing this role isn’t far-off for Tom Selleck. In fact, the Blue Bloods star has inspired the cast of the hit drama series in multiple ways over the years. The insights are given similar to the way Frank Reagan would dispense his own advice.

“It’s funny, Tom isn’t that different than the commissioner,” says Blue Bloods star Will Estes of his on-screen father.

“He is really so professional,” continues Estes who portrays the youngest Reagan son, Jamie in the hit CBS series.

“He’s so studied,” the Blue Bloods star explains of his costar. “He knows his character inside and out, and he does a lot in small ways to architect the scenes that he’s in.”

Estes adds that much of what he has learned on the Blue Bloods set over the years has come directly from Selleck. In fact, Tom Selleck has given the longtime actor plenty of advice over the last twelve seasons.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Learns Some Big Lessons From Selleck

When asked what he has learned from Tom Selleck over the years, Will Estes is quick to list off multiple points.

“A ton of stuff,” the actor says of the things he has learned from his Blue Bloods costar over the years.

“Things like, we need to stay ahead of the audience,” the actor explains. “We need to make sure that we don’t tell them what we’re going to do before we do it, whenever possible.”

Estes also notes that Tom Selleck has helped him understand that sometimes a drama series needs to veer off-script from time to time in order to make it work well on-screen.

“Certain dialogue can be trimmed if it’s expositional or it’s not getting us where we need to go or it’s not progressing the story or the character arc,” Estes says of the advice he received from the former Magnum PI star.

“I’ve just tried to soak up as much of that as I can,” he says.

“But he’s very good,” the star adds of Selleck. “He could write, produce, and direct the show, but maintains that he just wants to perform as an actor.”

For Estes, this accomplished professionalism displayed by the veteran actor makes the Blue Bloods set challenging, yet fun.

“You come on set and you know you’re working with somebody who’s very well studied and very professional and executes time and time again, every scene,” the actor explains. “So you need to be on your toes when you work with him, which makes it a lot of fun.”