Donnie Wahlberg is no different from his fans when it comes to binge-watching crime series. However, instead of catching up on Blue Bloods, Wahlberg prefers the non-fictitious series, Forensic Files. In fact, it seems Wahlberg prefers the very dark and very real documentaries on crime, as he’s also interested in the Netflix show, Don’t F**** with Cats.
While on the set of Blue Bloods, Wahlberg portrays Detective Danny Reagan of the NYPD. He as well as several of his other family members work at the heart of New York’s crime and corruption. However, even when the cameras aren’t rolling, Wahlberg has adopted a passion for true crime. Besides his role as a detective, Wahlberg also hosts the HLN serial killer docuseries, Very Scary People.
With all the work Wahlberg does in the world of crime, you would think he’d unwind at the end of the day with a light-hearted sitcom or maybe a fantasy series. But even after a long day on the Blue Bloods set, the actor behind Det. Danny Reagan still can’t get enough of crime.
“I love Forensic Files,” Wahlberg told TV Insider. “It’s a show that I can turn on anytime and binge ten episodes back-to-back. Earlier this year Netflix’s Don’t F**** with Cats was one of my favorites. It was jarring and uncomfortable.”
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Chats About True Crime
Unlike most true crime fans, Donnie Wahlberg has a unique perspective because he has to capture the mindset of a detective on Blue Bloods on a daily basis. Because his character needs to have a keen eye for small yet crucial details, Wahlberg has probably picked up this tendency as well.
Perhaps that’s why the Blue Bloods star is so willing to talk about the many facets of true crime on his new show, Very Scary People. Now in its second season, Wahlberg shared that he hopes the show will continue for many years to come.
“It is a conundrum. It’s a fascinating show,” Wahlberg said. “I hope, however, that there aren’t a lot more scary people coming up; I think there’s enough out there that we haven’t learned about that we can explore on the show. In terms of its information and quality, I love being a part of it. Hopefully, we can keep it on a historical level.”
Wahlberg also observed through his role as the show’s host that the fascination with true crime comes from trying to understand why crimes occur.
“[Predators] all have trauma in their upbringings. There’s thrill and attention-seeking [involved], and a power they get from hurting people that’s hard to fathom,” Wahlberg said. “That’s what we’re trying to understand: Where does the need for that power come from? Why does it happen in this way?”