Straight from Hol­ly­wood

Mom, model and Blue Bloods star Brid­get Moy­na­han gives us a taste of her A-list life.

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As Blue Bloods’ (2010-cur­rent) only adult fe­male in the core Rea­gan fam­ily of New York crime-fight­ers, Brid­get Moy­na­han cer­tainly sticks out. And not just be­cause the for­mer model and mom-of-one boasts easy-on-the-eyes beauty, but also be­cause her lawyer char­ac­ter Erin is of­ten the moral com­pass on a show where the muddy wa­ters of crime are in hot de­bate at those fam­ily get-to­geth­ers…

Which Blue Bloods episode has made an im­pact on you? The ma­te­rial gets bet­ter as the sea­sons go on. Re­cently I had a scene with Tom Sel­leck, who por­trays my father and the po­lice com­mis­sioner on the show, and Erin has to stand her ground and not give in to what the po­lice com­mis­sioner is say­ing, but also her father. I find those scenes in­ter­est­ing as it’s play­ing against Tom, who’s a great ac­tor, but also the chal­lenge of stand­ing up to your father. No mat­ter how old you are, that’s as un­com­fort­able as it was when you were 16. What’s it like work­ing with Tom and Don­nie Wahlberg (Erin’s brother Danny)? Tom has al­ways been like an un­cle. He’s iconic in the in­dus­try. He’s sup­port­ive, gen­er­ous with ad­vice but never pushes it on you. He’s a strong leader. Don­nie is the same way, but more in a play­ful way. He’s an in­cred­i­ble leader and a dear friend and some­one I know al­ways has my back. So are you any­thing like Erin? There are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties. I grew up in an Ir­ish-Catholic fam­ily, we’d al­ways have fam­ily din­ners, we were both sin­gle, work­ing moms. Erin likes to fol­low rules and has a high bar of morals and a clear idea of right and wrong. I was raised that way and still fol­low it. It’s bor­ing at times but that’s the way it is. You co-wrote the of­fi­cial Blue Bloods cook­book. How is your cook­ing? I think that I’m pretty good. I try to cook ev­ery night if I can, but some nights you can’t be­cause it gets too late. I don’t hear a lot of com­plaints at the ta­ble. I’ve been cook­ing all my life – my mother had us in the kitchen at a very early age.

And do you have a favourite recipe? I made meat­balls the other day and it’s so dif­fer­ent with your own sauce rather than a store-bought sauce. You al­ways know what you’re putting in your food, which you don’t if you go to a restau­rant or buy it. Swedish meat­balls is my favourite recipe from the book be­cause it’s one of my mother’s and a favourite dish that we’ve eaten all our lives.

How do you jug­gle it all? Right now I’m sit­ting un­der a bridge at a soc­cer prac­tice [she has an 8-year-old son with exboyfriend and NFL star Tom Brady], try­ing to learn my lines and talk­ing to you [on the phone]. I feel like it’s a con­stant strug­gle try­ing to fit ev­ery­thing in, but I have an in­cred­i­ble sup­port sys­tem. Nan­nies, fam­ily and friends who help me out. Pri­ori­tis­ing! You re­cently mar­ried busi­ness­man An­drew Frankel. Are there pluses to be­ing with some­one out­side of show­biz? In the in­dus­try, they un­der­stand the busi­ness and what you’re up against or do­ing. But it’s more pleas­ant to be with some­one out­side of the busi­ness. He’s in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive but it’s dif­fer­ent. He’s not com­pet­ing with what I do, al­though he’s very in­ter­ested in what I do. How did you write a book, shoot a TV se­ries and plan a wed­ding at the same time? Most of us can only do one well… [Laughs] I don’t know how I pulled that off!

Was it a sur­prise wed­ding? It was planned but a sur­prise to ev­ery­one else. You’ve been in big movies, like 2005 sci-fi I, Ro­bot, as well as mod­elled for Vogue and Elle. Which was eas­ier: modelling or act­ing? What frus­trated me about modelling, even though it was an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer and I feel for­tu­nate that I had that suc­cess and op­por­tu­nity, there was a lack of in­put or cre­ative par­tic­i­pa­tion. You have no voice in that ca­reer. I feel more ful­filled in act­ing and I’ve thank­fully had suc­cess in this field as well.

Brid­get Moy­na­han is as strict as she is beau­ti­ful

as her char­ac­ter Erin.

Brid­get with her hubby An­drew.

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