“Blue Bloods” doesn’t make it to where it is today without the entire cast being all-in on the show. If the audience dislikes how characters interact, they won’t stay tuned for 10-plus seasons. Tom Selleck knows this better than most.
Beyond the impression on the audience, a unified cast makes everyone’s job easier. Rather than bickering about a scene or lashing out against people who don’t deserve it, the “Blue Bloods” cast gets along. It sounds like a no-brainer, but the way Tom Selleck talked about it, you’d think it was a rarity.
“How valuable it is to have people who are dedicated to the work. We all get along. Doesn’t mean somebody won’t have a mood or something. But we all get along, nobody’s stirring the pot. Nobody’s doing anything except for committing to the work,” Selleck said.
And that’s coming from someone who has more than 50 years of acting experience to his name. It’s probably part of why the cast gets along so well to begin with. They have the example of Selleck and fellow industry veteran Len Cariou to follow.
“I’ve always valued that, and it just has reinforced it. And I guess success has come from it,” Selleck continued in the interview.
Tom Selleck guesses. But we know that 11 years and 235 episodes mean more than the humble success he claims. That’s the type of run that only a handful of TV shows will ever be able to claim. It’s amazing how difficult it is to capture attention on television, let alone keep it for a decade on end.
Donnie Wahlberg Sees Fellow ‘Blue Bloods’ Star Tom Selleck as an Icon
It’s always a bit of a trip when actors, specifically actors from the same show like “Blue Bloods,” demonstrate their own admiration for their colleagues. Obviously, they’re just regular people. But there’s something even more relatable about people like Donnie Wahlberg fanning out over a co-star.
In a 2013 interview on “The Talk,” only a few years into the working relationship between himself and Tom Selleck, Wahlberg talked about how nervous he was to direct him.
“I’m a little nervous. I’m gonna be directing the first episode after Christmas break, and I’m not really nervous to do the directing. I am just nervous to direct Tom Selleck,” Wahlberg said. “He is one of very few icons around. When people use the word ‘legend,’ they always throw it around a little loosely. He really is a legend.”
Here we are eight years later, and the two are still working together on “Blue Bloods.” Mutual admiration like this is exactly what Selleck was talking about.