Why ‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Said it Was ‘Inevitable’ That He Would Direct Episodes of Show

by Megan Molseed

It’s not like Donnie Wahlberg is a stranger to the world of television. The Blue Bloods star has been acting regularly since the mid-1990s. From performances on stage with his group, The New Kids On The Block to appearances in films such as The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis; Bullet, with Mickie Rourke; or Mel Gibson’s Ransom, Wahlberg’s professional accomplishments has only continued to grow over the years.

So, when Wahlberg decided to expand his horizons a little bit outside of his regular Blue Bloods role, to step beh8ind the camera and direct an episode of the popular CBS series, the transition seemed to be somewhat of a natural one for the star.

Wahlberg has been portraying the tough and dedicated New York City detective on the hit CBS series since the show first premiered in 2010.

And, it’s a safe bet that, after eleven seasons on Blue Bloods, the actor knows a thing or two about television. Both in front of, and behind the camera.

“I think it was inevitable that I would eventually start directing,” Wahlberg said in a 2014 interview.

The actor added that even early on, he felt a pull towards the Blue Bloods director’s chair.

“I think for one, I have too much energy,” he joked.

“I find myself sort of directing the scenes anyway when I’m on set,” Wahlberg added. “Switching lines around and moving things here and there.”

Wahlberg’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Transition

In 2014, Donnie Wahlberg had his first opportunity to direct an episode of the popular television series. The episode, entitled Manhattan Queens, featured Danny Reagan and his NYPD partner, Maria Baez as they solve the murder of a popular New York City drag queen.

And, the actor notes, he knew he was at least a little prepared to step into the director’s role for the episode.

“I know the ‘cop work’ better than any of the directors that come in here,” Wahlberg explained. “They don’t really work with cops as much as I do.”

The actor even had a little directing experience under his belt when he added Blue Bloods director to his resume.

Donnie Wahlberg: Director

In 1992, the actor and New Kids On the Block member directed a documentary about his own brother, Mark Wahlberg’s, group, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Then, when Donnie Wahlberg’s nineties boy band, New Kids On The Block found a resurgence in the 2000’s Wahlberg directed a couple of video shorts about the group in 2008 and 2009.

“You know, it just seemed like a natural evolution,” the actor said. “But I gotta say, you know, despite that, it’s still a little daunting!”