‘Blue Bloods’: Why Donnie Wahlberg Says Everyone Can ‘Relate’ to Dinner Scenes

by Halle Ames
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The iconic dinner scene on the hit series Blue Bloods is one that Donnie Wahlberg says everyone can relate to. Why? 

Throughout the series, the dinner scene has been a staple, as well as a fan favorite. It’s a time when all the craziness from the outside world, whether that be their jobs as police officers or relationships, the family can all get together for dinner around the table. They are once again a family unit. 

Donnie Wahlberg, who plays Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods, sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning in 2016. The 51-year-old actor discusses why the dinner scene is something that everyone who watches the show can feel a personal connection with. 

“The family dinner is something that I think everyone talks about. If I’m on an airplane or subway, wherever I am, someone always talks about the family dinner. I think why they do it is because if you come from a big family, you can relate. And if you don’t, you can live vicariously through the Reagans. It’s a very traditional show, and traditional shows became very uncool for a long time. This one came back in the midst of all these unique family shows, and it’s become one of the most popular shows in all of television.” 

Donnie Wahlberg Relates Wahlbergs to Reagans

Donnie Wahlberg is no stranger to a large family. He is one of eight children to Alma and Donald Wahlberg, with one of his brothers being another notable actor, Mark Wahlberg. Does Donnie’s Blue Bloods tradition carry into his real life? Or are the Reagan closer-knit than the busy Wahlbergs? 

“Mostly holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but actually, ironically, our Wahlburgers restaurants and the TV show that we do has really given us the chance to get together more often. Mark is always in some far corner of the world. I’m shooting or doing my other job or touring with my band, and the other family members are spread out, but the shows and the restaurants have really given us a chance to get together more often than we typically would.”

Bridget Moynahan Reflects on Blue Bloods Dinner

Similarly, Donnie Wahlberg’s co-star on the show, Bridget Moynahan, related to the family dinner scene so much, she wrote a cookbook in its honor. She talks about her upbringing during a 2017 interview with 92nd Street Y

“I grew up in a home where we would have dinner together every single night,” reveals the 50-year-old actress and model. “We would have family dinners for every single holiday, so it’s totally normal for me to be doing that. I grew up cooking with my mom, and my aunt and my brothers are cooks. That was the kind of environment I grew up in.” 

Like Donie Wahlberg, the Blue Bloods dinner scene has taken on a life of its own and transferred into the lives of many viewers. Moynahan says that fans have incorporated it into their family’s routines. 

“It’s a group of people who wish that was their life. It is a group of people who remember that being their life, and we’ve heard from people that are now starting that to be their life, and they do it on Friday nights. And then they roll into Blue Bloods, and so they are making kind of a little event.”