‘Blue Bloods’: What Does the Cast Actually Do While Filming the Family Dinner Scenes?

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The Reagan family look so close on Blue Bloods and that’s mostly because there is a family dinner scene each episode. But what does the cast actually do while filming the family dinner scenes? Here is everything you need to know.

Bridget Moynahan said the cast catch up with each other in between takes on Blue Bloods

Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle on Blue Bloods

Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle on Blue Bloods | CBS

The family dinner scenes take eight hours. So it only makes sense that they would be talking a lot in between takes. “It’s that one event every episode that we get together, and in-between scenes we’re catching up on each other’s lives,” Bridget Moynahan told Country Living. “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!”

She also revealed that the cast has gone through a lot together over the years. “We’ve had deaths and surgeries and births and marriages,” she continued. “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.”

Tom Selleck said the director sometimes can’t get the cast’s attention

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Tom Selleck and Len Cariou on Blue Bloods | CBS

Apparently, things can get a little rowdy once the cast is catching up with each other. Tom Selleck revealed that the cast members talk to pass time, but they get so into it that they get distracted.

Dinner scenes are long; they can be boring [to film] because you repeat the same dialogue and eat the same food—which gets pretty gamy—for eight hours,” Tom Selleck revealed to TV Insider. “But not only are the characters catching up with each other, but I’m catching up with my friends. Sometimes the director can’t get our attention between takes because we’re screwing around. We can get pretty silly by the end.”

Over the show’s run, the table has changed a little bit. Amy Carlson who played Linda Reagan is no longer on the show. Will Estes, who plays Jamie Reagan, told The Cheat Sheet what it was like filming the first family dinner without her.

It was bizarre,” said Estes. “You know, oddly enough, kind of like without realizing it, we’ve done that scene altogether for so long now that it was really — it felt like a different show. But ultimately, I think it was the right thing for her, for Amy Carlson, and, ultimately, I think it gives us some drama to play. I think the show will be alright and I know she will be too.”

Vanessa Ray who plays Eddie Janko is also a new addition to the family table since Eddie and Jamie got engaged. So in a way that empty seat at the dinner table has been filled.

In the end, it looks like the cast is pretty close when the cameras aren’t rolling. They spend a lot of those hours filming the dinner scenes catching up on life together while pretending to eat.

Read more: ‘Blue Bloods’: Why Do the Reagans Have Family Dinner Every Week?

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