‘That as­pect of the show re­ally res­onates with fans – the sense of be­ing with fam­ily'

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - With Tif­fany Dunk WITH BLUEBLOODS’ BRID­GET MOY­NA­HAN

“ON the first day of sea­son one we met each other at a ‘fam­ily’ din­ner and clicked in­stantly. Five sea­sons on, there’s still a sense of fam­ily on Blue Bloods.

We’ve gone through di­vorces, grad­u­a­tions, birthdays, deaths and surg­eries to­gether. We’ve been through pretty much ev­ery­thing you would be go­ing through with your own fam­ily mem­bers to­gether and it’s nice. We’ve all sort of grown up, or seen the kids (on the show) grow up to­gether.

Just like a fam­ily, you have dif­fer­ent re­la­tion­ships with each mem­ber. I’ve known Don­nie Wahlberg (who plays my brother Danny on Blue Bloods) the long­est – we did a pi­lot to­gether in 2008 that never got picked up, so we’ve known each other a long time. I’ve spent five years with th­ese cast mem­bers and yet it doesn’t feel like any time at all. It’s very strange.

My char­ac­ter, Erin, I re­late to a lot. (Like her) I am a sin­gle mother, a work­ing mother and I come from an Ir­ish Catholic fam­ily. My fam­ily are not like the Rea­gans but there are cer­tainly as­pects of grow­ing up with broth­ers and com­ing from that type of en­vi­ron­ment that are very sim­i­lar to me.

I was re­cently at din­ner and the manager was telling me one of the things he ap­pre­ci­ates, com­ing from an Ital­ian fam­ily, is that every­body (on the show) sits down at the ta­ble and dis­cusses things as a fam­ily.

I think that as­pect of the show re­ally res­onates with fans – the sense of be­ing with fam­ily and dis­cussing what is hap­pen­ing. Be­ing to­gether and not al­ways agree­ing, but still be­ing to­gether as a fam­ily.

The pi­lot was a re­ally strong piece of ma­te­rial and all of the char­ac­ters were dis­tinc­tive and strong. But I think the writ­ing has got­ten bet­ter.

Our rat­ings have got­ten bet­ter year af­ter year. I think it’s im­por­tant to tell sto­ries of how much good the po­lice do be­cause the bad sto­ries al­ways make the press. You rarely turn on the news and go, ‘Oh, here’s a great story’.

It’s good to show that hu­man side, so when you see a po­lice of­fi­cer on the street you don’t just look at them and think, ‘Oh well, I’m sure they’re go­ing to give me a ticket’. You might stop and have the sense they are a per­son too.

They might be strug­gling with bills or have mar­i­tal prob­lems. They wres­tle with ev­ery­thing we do and on top of that they’re putting them­selves in the line of duty to pro­tect us. They go that ex­tra step for us so it’s re­ally im­por­tant to tell their sto­ries and hon­our them in an au­then­tic and hon­est way.”

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