It’s a safe bet that the cast of CBS’ “Blue Bloods” has gotten pretty close after ten years. Just look at their famous family dinners, and you can tell everyone is comfortable with one another at the table.
If you’re unfamiliar with the popular police drama, each week, the Reagan family, consisting of the family patriarch, Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, and Will Estes, gather around the dinner table to discuss the issues in the episode. If you’re wondering, yes, they do eat while filming the scene. And they eat a lot.
Although you might think that the show’s action scenes are where you need to pay attention, it’s actually in the dinner scenes with the most significance. “They’re the most fun to film because everyone is telling stories, laughing, sharing their points-of-view,” says veteran actor Tom Selleck. “It’s like a real family.”
In addition, some of the “Blue Bloods” cast even has their own tactics when they shoot a dinner scene.
“We have to look like we’re eating during every take so we’ve all figured out ways to pretend. Tom always butters his bread, so no one else can use that technique. Bridget [Moynahan] cuts her food a lot. I’ll cut my food, too, and drink water a lot,” says Sami Gayle during a 2013 interview with PEOPLE. She plays Nicky Reagan in the series.
The Cast of ‘Blue Bloods’ Tells All About the Dinner Scenes
As for Amy Carlson, who stars as Linda Reagan on “Blue Bloods,” she has her own style. “I have my own tricks: Cut food and drink something. Once it become someone’s signature move, you can’t use it and you have to come with your own. Unless you’re Donnie, and then you just eat what’s put in front of you.”
Speaking of Donnie Wahlberg, he once recalled a particularly challenging moment during one dinner scene on “Blue Bloods.” During his first Sunday supper scene, he had trouble staying awake for the duration of filming the scene.
“The first dinner scene we shot for the new season was really tough because I got off a plane from tour [with New Kids on the Block] and came straight to set. And that scene took over five hours. Between every camera take, I took a nap on the couch. They would literally wake me up a second before the camera started rolling and I would run and take a seat at the table. I was just delirious. I don’t know how I remembered one line.”