Fans of Blue Bloods have come to expect some of the same comforts in every episode: The ever-charming Tom Selleck, some friendly sibling rivalry, and the weekly family dinners that bring all the Reagans together.
It’s certainly always entertaining to watch Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) and Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) go head-to-head with their sister, Erin Reagan. But the actress behind the strong-willed member of the D.A.’s office, Bridget Moynahan, says the get-together is meaningful to the cast as well, as very few of them are actually based in New York where the show is filmed.
“It’s that one event every episode that we get together, and in-between scenes we’re catching up on each other’s lives,” Moynahan exclusively tells Ikaroo.info. “So that family dinner provides that social life for the cast every single week. It’s like a built-in date. It’s already prescheduled for us!”
The 47-year-old also adds that after nine seasons together, the crew has formed a bond that rivals even that of the Reagan family, making their heartfelt moments and witty arguments that much more natural.
“We’ve had deaths and surgeries and births and marriages,” she says. “We’ve all gone through major life moments together and shared these moments as a family together over the years. So it really feels like home on and off screen.”
Although they lost one member of their group last year, when actress Amy Carlson—who played Danny’s wife, Linda—left the series, her seat is being filled by another powerful female figure who can help keep the Reagan men in line.
“What’s really great is that we have Vanessa (Ray), who at the end of last season, her character and Will Estes' character got engaged,” she says. “So we have a new female energy at the table and she’s such a vibrant charismatic woman and such a pleasure to be working with.”
While Moynahan may see this weekly get-together as a special moment for her, she also hopes it resonates with viewers, as well.
“I think the beauty about this show is that you can address some of the current affairs through a crime situation, or have that dialogue at the table that’s addressing hot topics,” she says. “That may spark conversations around your dinner table.”
Blue Bloods airs Fridays at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.