‘Blue Bloods’: What Sami Gayle and Her Character on the Show Have in Common

by Amy Myers
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Many actors try to find similarities they have with their characters in order better portray them onset. For Blue Bloods star Sami Gayle, this made her ability to channel character Nicky Reagan a little easier since the two share so much in common. The well-dressed and well-educated daughter of Manhattan’s assistant district attorney, Nicky is more mature than most kids her age. In real life, Sami Gayle is just the same. Her outfits and personality are consistently adorable and sophisticated. What’s more, Gayle and her character even attended the same college, Columbia University.

Although, Gayle might say she had a tougher schedule to keep than her character ever did.

‘Blue Bloods’ Actress Attends Classes While Filming

Obtaining a four-year degree is hard enough on its own, but Blue Bloods actress Sami Gayle had the added obstacle of maintaining her filming schedule as well as her class schedule.

Thankfully, the Blue Bloods set is in New York, the same as her university. So, when Gayle needed to switch gears from Sami to Nicky, it wasn’t a far haul. However, as if being a full-time student and full-time drama star weren’t enough, Gayle also filmed the Netflix movie, Candy Jar, in Atlanta at the time.

This posed a bigger challenge for the young and intelligent actress. Gayle explained her hectic schedule in an interview with Hollywood Life.

“It was the best time of my life, though,” Gayle said after reporting how little sleep she would get. “We shot Wednesday to Sunday schedule. I did this for about seven weeks. On Sunday night, we’d finish shooting, I don’t know maybe at three or four in the morning. I’d get on a plane at 6 a.m., I would come to New York, shoot Blue Bloods in the morning, then I would go to school.”

Thankfully, Gayle was able to organize her classes for early in the week to compensate for her filming days.

“I boarded my classes that semester from 1 to 8 so that I could attend as many as possible on the Monday, Tuesday,” Gayle reported. “I wrote my papers on planes!”

How Gayle Still Managed to Get a Full Eight Hours of Sleep

We don’t know how the Blue Bloods star was able to memorize her lines at the same time as prepping for midterms, but we do know that sleep was an important part of the equation.

“I would sleep anywhere, whenever I could, and I made sure I got eight hours,” Gayle said. “Even on a Sunday, when I was traveling, it was divided throughout the day, I always had eight hours of sleep.”

This meant catching a few Z’s wherever possible–the plane, between scenes, you name it.

“You can’t function without it!” Gayle added.

Despite the obstacles, Gayle graduated from Columbia University at the top of her class in 2018 with Summa Cum Laude distinctions. Needless to say, her character Nicky Reagan would be extremely proud of the headstrong and well-rounded individual that her actress is.