‘Blue Bloods’ Star Bridget Moynahan’s Explanation on Why Show Tries to Be as ‘Credible as Possible’

by Keeli Parkey

As the character Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan in “Blue Bloods,” actress Bridget Moynahan has spent her fair share of time in the courtroom.

And, because Moynahan is an actress – not an attorney – in real life, she and the show take steps to make sure what happens with her character’s work as an assistant district attorney in New York City is authentic as it can be.

The now 50-year-old actress talked about this during a 2014 interview with The Aquarian. The popular CBS family cop drama began its run in 2010. During that time, the minds behind “Blue Bloods” brought experts onto the set to help Moynahan portray Erin Reagan’s work as an attorney accurately.

“We do have a couple people we rely on to ensure that it’s as credible as possible,” Moynahan said during the interview.

While filming Erin’s work as an assistant district attorney in “Blue Bloods,” the actress has relied on their knowledge to help shape her performances.

“We’ve had two (people) on set over the years that I’m able to consult/speak to about how a situation might be handled, because we do want to make the show as honest and as accurate as possible,” Bridget Moynahan also said. “We do our best and I work with them often.”

Moynahan has received “a lot” of assistance from her advisors regarding how attorneys speak.

“For me, a lot of it is learning the language of lawyers, because they have many words I would not use in my everyday life,” the “Blue Bloods” actress also said.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Bridget Moynahan Also Talked About the Chemistry the Cast Shares

One of the best things about “Blue Bloods” is the dynamic of the Reagan family. They are a New York City family and have dedicated themselves to law enforcement.

It includes the patriarch and former New York City police commissioner Henry Reagan (Len Cariou). His son is current Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck). Frank’s children are Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan), and officer Jamie Reagan (Will Estes).

During the show’s 11 seasons, they have argued with one another many times about many different things. They have also supported, saved, and loved one another. That dynamic makes the show work. And, one reason that dynamic exists is because of the chemistry between the cast. Bridget Moynahan talked about this during that 2014 interview.

“Yeah, and I think that happened for all of us on day one,” Moynahan said of the cast’s chemistry. “We were kind of introduced to each other right before a family dinner, and we had to jump right into it. And it all seemed to fall into place.”

Luckily for fans of “Blue Bloods,” Bridget Moynahan and the cast are back together again. They began filming the show’s 12th season in July 2021. It is expected to premiere on CBS on Oct. 1.