‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Described Tom Selleck as a ‘Consummate Professional’

by Jennifer Shea

“Blue Bloods” star Will Estes has the privilege of working with veteran actor Tom Selleck on “Blue Bloods.” And like his co-star Donnie Wahlberg, he has nothing but praise for Selleck’s professionalism.

On the show, Estes plays Jamie Reagan, son of Selleck’s NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan. He’s had his share of scenes with Selleck since the show began in 2010, and those have only further sold him on his co-star’s talent.

In a 2010 interview with Smashing Interviews, Estes talked about what it’s like to work with Selleck and how “Blue Bloods” is like “The Sopranos.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Praised Selleck: ‘Best Leader You Could Hope to Have’

Estes told Smashing Interviews that while he’d never worked with Selleck before “Blue Bloods,” he was already a fan of Selleck’s work. And now he’s also a fan of Selleck as a person.

“I am a fan of his and have become more of a fan since I’ve been working with him,” Estes said. “Tom is a consummate professional and the best leader you could hope to have. I’ve learned a lot from him already.”

Meanwhile, Estes also dished on the “Blue Bloods” writing team, Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, who are “The Sopranos” alums. He said they try not to let “The Sopranos” overshadow “Blue Bloods,” but rather to work the earlier show into their tagline.

“Another way we like to describe the show is that hopefully it’ll be a lot like ‘The Sopranos’ but on the other side of the law,” Estes explained, laughing.

It’s ‘A Lot of Fun’ to Work with Selleck

In a more recent interview, Estes doubled down on his earlier comments, even going so far as to compare Selleck to his character. Like Frank, he said, Selleck is conscientious, and he keeps the people around him on their toes.

“It’s funny, Tom isn’t that different than the commissioner,” Estes told Looper this month. “He is really so professional. He’s so studied. He knows his character inside and out. You come on set, and you know you’re working with somebody who’s very well studied and very professional and executes time and time again, every scene. You need to be on your toes when you work with him, which makes it a lot of fun.”

Estes added that Selleck could write, produce and direct the show if he wanted to, but he has stayed focused on performing – making the dialogue a little better here, surprising the audience again there. As for Selleck himself, the actor seems to enjoy “Blue Bloods.” He’s said in interviews that he could see the show running indefinitely, as long as the characters are allowed to grow with age.

You can catch the “Blue Bloods” cast having fun together Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.