‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Stressed Importance of Cops, Detectives in Uniform as ‘Quintessential Heroes’

by Leanne Stahulak

“Blue Bloods” star Will Estes is no stranger to playing the hero on television. Just look at his character Jamie Reagan, an NYPD cop on the CBS drama.

Before taking on the role of Jamie, Estes admitted to Men’s Journal that he always wanted to play a cop on television. Because for him, wearing the suit or uniform of a “real-life hero” on “Blue Bloods” meant representing someone who’s important to our society.

“They say that all songs are love songs. I think 90% of great stories are stories about heroes,” Estes explained. “And I think a cop in a uniform or a detective in a suit is a quintessential hero.”

He went on to say, “It’s about justice. And I think there’s a reason that there are a lot of cop shows on television. Justice is often a really interesting story, and there are a lot of different stories within the element of right and wrong and where you draw the line and the gray area. They make for good stories.”

And no one can doubt that “Blue Bloods” is a fantastic story. Following a family entrenched in the NYPD, “Blue Bloods” stars Tom Selleck as patriarch and police commissioner Frank Reagan, alongside Len Cariou, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, and others.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Talks Struggles of NYPD Officers

During his interview with Men’s Journal, Estes mentioned how cops today have to have a “thick skin” to deal with endless scrutiny. Especially NYPD cops

“It’s one of the toughest jobs in the world,” the “Blue Bloods” star admitted. “It’s just a really dynamic situation. Just running around and trying to film NYC, you get a sense of what it would be like to police it. It’s intense.”

Once, while filming, Estes said two law enforcement agents even mistook him for someone out on the job.

“We were shooting right near Times Square, and these two guys came up and they were wearing suits,” Estes said. “And I knew they were detectives just because I know what a detective in a suit looks like after working on this show.”

The “Blue Bloods” actor said, “I was in my uniform, and I was standing on the sidewalk. It’s a real uniform, so anyone would assume I’m a police officer from five feet away. So one of the detectives starts to ask me about what it is like being on duty while there’s a shoot going on. The other detective stopped him and said, ‘He’s not a real cop.'”

When the other cop asked what he was talking about, Estes said, the first cop just said, “The collar brass.”

“He’s talking about the collar brass on my uniform, which says 12, but there’s no 12 precinct in real life. It’s like a 555 phone number for the movies,” Estes concluded.