Donnie Wahlberg‘s character of Detective Danny Reagan has been living the single dad life on “Blue Bloods” for the last three seasons following the off-screen death of his wife, Linda, between seasons 7 and 8. While the characters are obviously fictional, that didn’t stop Wahlberg from getting emotional while filming one of his first scenes without actress Amy Carlson.
“The first dinner scene without Linda was really emotional, just genuine emotion,” Wahlberg told TVInsider during a recent interview. “Nobody was acting that day. My tears were real, because even though in real life, Amy Carlson was still around, I was going to be moving forward on the show without her. I wouldn’t have a partner anymore to help me with these boys — on-screen and off, to be frank. It’s a big loss, and I’ll always remember the emotion of that day.”
The dinner scenes are a huge part of “Blue Bloods,” and Wahlberg noted that Andrew Terraciano, who plays his son, has stepped into a larger role in those scenes with Linda gone.
“He’s becoming the voice of the youth at the dinner table, which is really great,” Wahlberg said. “It does cause some problems for Danny because he’s often coming down on the opposite side of where his father stands on things, so it’s created some interesting fun.”
Wahlberg’s character has yet to find a new love interest on the show, but he told PopCulture.com that he thinks it’ll happen at some point.
“Yeah. I think eventually it’ll happen. But I just think, you know, the audience had such a love and respect for Danny and Linda, and I think it, whatever it is, just has to be authentic,” Wahlberg said. “I think if it’s a stunt or it’s done for the wrong reasons, I think the audience won’t like it to be honest with you.”
He went on to say that while his character may date, he doesn’t think Danny will fall back in love with another woman.
“I don’t think for this particular show, it’s right,” Wahlberg said. “I don’t think that would be true to Danny Reagan to be honest with you. He loved Linda and I think for someone to take her place on that show, it better be really special or it’s just not worth doing it.”