Did you know that Bridget Moynahan turned down her role on “Blue Bloods” at first? Donnie Wahlberg, on the other hand, persuaded her to reconsider.
Now that “Blue Bloods” has been a hit for 11 seasons, it’s easy to believe that all of the actors were overjoyed to begin filming in season one. However, this is not the case. In fact, Bridget Moynahan, who plays Erin Reagan on the show, initially declined the role.
Bridget Moynahan made her film debut in 1999 with the film “Row Your Boat.” But she didn’t get her big break until she played Natasha, Mr. Big’s wife, on “Sex and the City.” She then rose to prominence after starring as Amy in the film “Coyote Ugly.” She has also appeared in films such as “The Sum of All Fears,” “I Robot,” “Lord of War,” “Serendipity,” and “John Wick.”
After a long absence, Moynahan returned to television in 2006 to play Whitney Crane on the show “Six Degrees.” And just a few years later, she was cast in “Blue Bloods.”
Moynahan, on the other hand, was a new mother at the time she was cast in the role. She had a three-year-old son named John Edward Thomas Moynahan. And she was apprehensive about spending time apart from him. So Donnie Wahlberg, who plays Moynahan’s brother Danny Reagan on the show, did what any good brother would do: he persuaded her to take the part.
Donnie Wahlberg’s Persuasion of Bridget Moynahan to Join ‘Blue Bloods’
Bridget Moynahan almost didn’t join the show, and the entire series almost didn’t get picked up. In fact, during a 2019 interview, Wahlberg revealed that he was initially informed that the show would not air.
“We were told that the show wouldn’t go to series on a Friday,” Wahlberg explained. “By Sunday, I was told, ‘You better get to New York because the show is going to series.'”
Wahlberg also revealed how he persuaded his “Blue Bloods” co-star to play his on-screen sister. He stated that he made a “offer she couldn’t refuse” to Moynahan.
“I called Bridget Moynahan, and she said, ‘I already turned it down, I’m not going to do it,'” Wahlberg explained. “I pleaded and begged, and made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.” Which was that if we couldn’t shoot in New York, I would give her all of my paychecks. “Thank goodness we shot in New York.”