“Blue Bloods” is definitely a show that gives off a “we care about family” vibe. On Thursday, it wished actress Vanessa Ray a happy birthday.
Ray, who plays Officer Eddie Janko-Reagan on the CBS crime drama, received a sweet message through the show’s official Instagram account.
She also has been the field partner of Sergeant Jamie Reagan, played by Will Estes. These days, though, Ray plays his wife on the show.
Ray turned 40 on Thursday. She has played on “Blue Bloods” since the show’s fourth season, when Eddie was a recurring character. Then Ray became a full-time cast member in the fifth season.
Co-star Bridget Moynahan, who plays Assistant District Attorney Erin Reagan on “Blue Bloods,” also sent along some sweet birthday wishes, too.
“Happy Birthday to my TV SIL and my real life friend @vrayskull!” Moynahan wrote next to a photo of her and her fellow co-star on Moynahan’s Instagram account. “We will celebrate when you head back east for season 12!!! #woohoo”.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Has Piled Up Film, TV Work Ahead of Current Role
Her film work, though, pre-dates Ray’s work in television. She first appeared in 2003 in a video short called “The Sparky Chronicles: The Map.” Bigger roles started coming her way and included “The Last Day of August,” “Mutual Friends,” and “The Rumperbutts.”
Ray’s television work has included a recurring role on the CBS soap opera “As The World Turns” in 2009-2010. She also had roles in shows like “Nurse Jackie,” “Suits,” “Pretty Dirty Secrets,” and “The Mentalist.”
She’s been married since 2015 to Landon Beard, the second marriage for Ray. She has no children.
“Blue Bloods” will return for its 12th season this coming fall on CBS. Expect to see Ray as Eddie appear in episodes, too.
Obviously, Tom Selleck stars as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan. Donnie Wahlberg co-stars as Detective Danny Reagan, along with Moynahan and Estes. Broadway legend Len Cariou plays retired NYPD Commissioner Henry Reagan on the show, too.
Wahlberg Keeps Focus On His Work, Not On Show’s Ratings
Wahlberg had to learn early on about keeping his focus around his role on “Blue Bloods.” He couldn’t afford to send any energy toward whatever ratings numbers were flashing about the CBS crime drama.
“If I think about it, it only adds pressure,” he said in a 2010 interview with TV Tango. “So I just try not to think about it.”
Wahlberg, one of the founding members of “New Kids on the Block,” said at the time watching the numbers too closely wasn’t important then. He said episodes can get different numbers for viewers.
“You suddenly start going ‘What happened?'” Wahlberg said. “The reality is, I think, we’re a couple million viewers more than anyone thought we would get — and that’s good news.”