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