‘Blue Bloods’: Donnie Wahlberg Revealed the Classic TV Detective He Sometimes Channels for Role

by Samantha Whidden
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Blue Bloods star Donnie Wahlberg is well known for his role as Danny Reagan on the hit series. He admits that he sometimes channels a classic TV detective in order to work his character in a scene. 

During a 2019 interview with CBS, the Blue Bloods star states Columbo is one of his acting inspirations for the show.

“There are moments when I’ll play around and may say, ‘I’m going to go a little Columbo [Peter Falk] in this moment,’ Donnie reveals. “But generally, I play the character as a straightforward guy who cuts to the chase.”

Donnie Wahlberg on Working With ‘Blue Bloods’ Co-Star Bridget Moynahan

Also in the interview, Donnie reveals details about his relationship with Blue Bloods co-star, Bridget Moynahan.

“We have a great friendship,” Donnie states. “We did a pilot together in 2008 that I executive-produced called Bunker Hill. When the Blue Bloods offer came along, I immediately called her, and said, ‘You have to play the sister.’”

But Donnie admits that Bridget had some reservations about Blue Bloods and actually had rejected the part at first.

“Wahlberg explains that she was actually worried the show was going to shoot in Canada. “She had a young child and didn’t want to have to commute,” Donnie says. He then reassured her that the cast wouldn’t be going to Canada because their other co-star, Tom Selleck isn’t going to do a show in Canada. “Knowing him, he will fight to do it in New York, because he wants it to be authentic.”

Donnie also says that he and his Blue Bloods sister developed a friendship through their past experiences with tough relationships and being single parents.

“Bridget and I have gone through this parallel journey as friends and have been there for each other.”

Donnie Wahlberg Talks Relationship With ‘Blue Bloods’ Father Tom Selleck 

Wahlberg then speaks about his relationship with Tom Selleck, who plays Donnie’s father, Frank Reagon, on Blue Bloods. Donnie describes Tom as a “real solid individual.”

He also recalls, “After we watched the pilot, [Tom] said to me, “I’m really good at making scripts better,’ and I thought he was going to off me, ‘So if you need help, come to me,’ But that’s not what he said.

“He said, ‘I notice that you are too, and I’m going to count on you to keep running through walls and do what you do for the run of this show,’ Donnie adds. “And I said, ‘I’m there, man, I got your back.’ And that’s been our relationship ever since.”

Blue Bloods is will be returning for its 12th season this fall on CBS. Will Estes, Vanessa Ray, and Len Cariou also star on the hit series. 

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