‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Donnie Wahlberg Detailed Why He ‘Never Could Understand’ TV Actors Getting ‘Burnt Out’

by Joe Rutland

Don’t get “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg riled up by talking about actors being burned out on their roles or with their work.

Wahlberg, who plays Detective Danny Reagan on the CBS police drama, offered his two cents on the matter in an interview with CBS.com.

“You know, I never could understand when an actor would say they got burnt out on a TV show,” he said. “It never made sense to me. We fight so hard to get these jobs. I worked for years just to get an acting gig, and I’m hearing of actors quitting shows because they’re bored. And I think, What the hell are you talking about?”

Wahlberg is an original member of “New Kids on the Block.” He’s still into music, though, and has gone out on tour with the now grown-up band members. Yet he’s been one of those “Blue Bloods” actors to hang around since the show’s first season.

Expect to see Danny stir the pot a bit more as the show’s 12th season will kick off on Oct. 1. CBS made the announcement on Monday.

Other cast members returning include Tom Selleck as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, Will Estes as Sergeant Jamie Reagan, and Bridget Moynahan as Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Talks About What He’s Looking For In Script

Speaking of Estes, he has some specific ideas around what he is looking for in a “Blue Bloods” episode script.

“I think it was Spencer Tracy that said ‘Days off,'” Estes said in a 2021 interview with Glitter Mag. “But seriously, folks, good story, first, people attached, good character arc, location – probably in about that order.”

Estes’ character last season went deeper with his wife Eddie, played by Vanessa Ray. Their interactions provided some unique fodder for “Blue Bloods” fans.

Both actors also know that the show has a powerful way of sharing stories at the dinner table. Yes, those famous “Blue Bloods” dinners where Frank or Henry Reagan, played by Broadway legend Len Cariou, dish out some wisdom.

Dinner Scenes On CBS Drama Can Be A Bit Tedious For Actors

Ray and Estes talked about why the Reagan family dinner scenes can be stressful at times in an interview with WFSB 3.

“It’s a scary room to forget a line at because it’s a really long scene to shoot,” Estes said. “And you’re surrounded by consummate professionals. So when you go up on a line at that table, it’s a lot of people watching you mess up.”

In an interview with WPRI 12 in 2018, Ray said, “But I would be lying if I didn’t say that it was one of the most intimating tables to come to, for sure. I was nervous. I didn’t want to step on toes. And I wanted to make sure I was sitting in the right place.”