‘Blue Bloods’: Tom Selleck Once Explained What Keeps the Cast ‘So Committed’ to the Series

by Josh Lanier
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Tom Selleck says the Blue Bloods cast can stay so committed to their roles is because at the end of it all they’re a family. Regardless of competing plot lines or characters at loggerheads, each actor still wants to bring their best to the show.

The patriarch of the Blue Bloods family told Parade in 2020 that the show works hard to create real-world problems for their characters to work through. And regardless, the actors get along well, which helps a show immensely on and off-screen.

“I think where the show goes is where the characters go. Yes, we have procedural stuff, yes, we deal with issues – hopefully, not ripped from the headlines issues. They may look that way by the time they air because they end up being timely. Because they’re real problems.

“For Donnie (Wahlberg), it’s a totally different show in season 10 than it was in season 1. I think that’s what keeps us all so committed to it. We have invested in our characters. They’ve been allowed to grow and change and get older. And as long as we can do that, there are only really seven plots. Somebody said that I don’t know who, but what’s important is the character. That’s always been my bent anyway. That’s what I’ve always tried to push Blue Bloods towards, and that’s what we have.

“We have a family of actors that actually like each other, as well as a family of characters. I love these people. They’re all terrific actors and they’re all good people. We have a reunion every time we have family dinner.”

Selleck Often Plays ‘Blue Bloods’ Problem Solver

As the father of a family of a hard-charging police officer, detective, and assistant district attorney, a lot of the problem solving falls to Tom Selleck’s character, Frank Reagan. Each week on Blue Bloods, Frank, the current New York Police Commissioner in the show and who sits at the head of the table each week at their family dinners, must try to keep the peace.

But he admitted to Collider that was one part of the role that nearly scared him away from it. Could he believably play the father of adults?

“I don’t know. This is the first time I’ve played dad to grown-ups,” he said. “I felt a little intimidated. I had such a good dad. Maybe I’m drawing from that, but I’m still getting used to that. I see my fellow actors, and I’m way older than some of them. I don’t feel that much older, so I’m just getting used to the idea of playing a parent to grown-up kids. It’s a really interesting challenge for me. I’ve played a father to teenagers, kids, and babies, so it’s a new thing for me, and I like that challenge.”