‘Blue Bloods’: The ‘Gray’ Parts of Jamie Reagan Will Estes Wants Show to Explore

by Joe Rutland
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“Blue Bloods” actor Will Estes would like to explore some “gray” areas within his character, Jamie Reagan, on the CBS police drama.

Estes, who has been on the show since its first season, talked about this in an interview with Nerds of Color.

“I like the gray areas,” he said. “Jamie is a good person with a strong moral core, but the world is not black-and-white. A lot of discretion is left up to the officer in our justice system, for better or worse… but these are parts of the show that can become very real.

“They can be relevant because they shine [a] light on parts of us or our society that are difficult to look at,” Estes said. “There are limitations on police officers and on people in terms of what they can do to help. So I like seeing Jamie in challenging situations. He’s driven to ‘get it right,’ but sometimes that’s just not possible.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Working On His Marriage To Wife Eddie This Season

In “Blue Bloods” this season, viewers can see Jamie work on his marriage with his wife Eddie Janko-Reagan, played by Vanessa Ray.

The CBS police drama recently saw NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck, deal with a possible new job. He received an offer from the National Football League but turned it down.

Estes, Ray, and Selleck are joined on the show by actors Len Cariou, Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, and Marisa Ramirez.

Outsiders, catch “Blue Bloods” at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, on Fridays on CBS.

Estes Makes Sure To Check With Show’s Technical Advisers About Playing Officer

But playing a New York Police Department officer was something new to Estes. He’s definitely not an actor who wants to just show up and act all smart and everything.

“By no means did I think I knew what I was doing out of the gate as an NYPD officer,” Estes said in a 2019 interview with CBS’s WATCH!

“I never want to act, like, I know,” he said.

Estes also said the show’s technical advisers have helped him immensely.

These advisers are all former police officers. He said they have given the show its realistic quality. Over the years, Estes noted, he has become better at portraying his character.

“Jim was an NYPD cop for 23 years,” Estes said of technical adviser Jim Nuciforo. “I’ve enjoyed going to him. I ask him about everything.”

Another little tip: Only use a black pen to sign certain forms in a scene.

Estes said back in the day “you could only write in black ink.”

“Now you can write in any color, but Jamie would be old school,” he said. “I liked that.”

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