One of the most iconic parts of “Blue Bloods” is definitely the Reagan family dinner scenes, and star Vanessa Ray wants viewers to take one thing away from these critically important scenes.
Without fail, over the last 12 scenes, every episode of “Blue Bloods” has featured a Reagan family dinner. No matter what’s going on in the Reagans’ lives, at least a few family members always make the effort to show up. And these scenes all serve an important purpose, drawing attention to specific issues within the episode.
Vanessa Ray started joining the Reagan family dinners when her character Eddie got involved with Jamie Reagan (Will Estes). She now has first-hand experience handling the family drama and love that we see at the table every episode. And in a recent interview, Ray explained what she hopes fans take away from these consistent family get-togethers.
“I hope that we are showing our viewers that if the love is strong in a relationship, you can disagree and still be at peace with one another,” Ray explained. “The Reagans come together NO MATTER WHAT their differences are. I hope our viewers find ways to do the same in their own way.”
For Vanessa Ray, even something as small as a family dinner can make or break the bonds between people. We likely all could take a page out of the Reagans’ book and come together for these moments. Even when we don’t necessarily get along with all our family members.
Vanessa Ray’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Co-Stars Dish on Filming Reagan Family Dinner Scenes
While viewers appreciate the consistency of the Reagan family dinner scenes, the cast feels slightly differently. Back in 2013, several cast members sat down with PEOPLE to talk about how those dinner scenes actually come to life.
The consensus seems to be that they’re great in some aspects and miserable in others. “They’re the most fun to film because everyone is telling stories, laughing, sharing their points-of-view,” Frank Reagan actor Tom Selleck said. “It’s like a real family.”
However, “Filming an eating scene is miserable. Well, the eating part is. You have to eat the same foods over and over again to get all the shots. We’ll probably spend eight hours shooting this scene,” Selleck explained.
Could you imagine shoving your face with the same food for eight hours straight? Sounds like both a dream and a nightmare. In Donnie Wahlberg’s case, it seems to be a dream more than anything. All the cast members agreed that he eats the most out of anyone.
“It’s the running joke that Donnie doesn’t stop eating,” star Sami Gayle revealed. Other cast members, Gayle included, have other ways to avoid eating for eight hours straight.
“We have to look like we’re eating during every take so we’ve all figured out ways to pretend,” Gayle shared. “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.”
Amy Carlson, who played Linda Carter, revealed her own tricks. “Cut food and drink something. Once it becomes someone’s signature move, you can’t use it and you have to come up with your own. Unless you’re Donnie, and then you just eat what’s put in front of you.