‘Blue Bloods’: What Tom Selleck Does When He’s Not Filming the Show

Tom Selleck has starred on Blue Bloods since 2010. The actor revealed the way he likes to slow down and take it easy when he’s not on the Blue Bloods set.

Tom Selleck on ‘Blue Bloods’

Tom Selleck
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Selleck plays police commissioner Frank Reagan on Blue Bloods. He’s the father of Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan), Jamie Reagan (Will Estes), and Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), who are also in law enforcement. Instead of becoming a police officer, Erin took a different path and became an attorney.

Frank often carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. One event that continues to haunt him to this day is the death of his son, Joe Reagan. He often blames himself and wishes he had placed his son on a less active unit.

What Tom Selleck does when he’s not filming ‘Blue Bloods’

Tom Selleck on the set of 'Blue Bloods'
Tom Selleck on the set of ‘Blue Bloods’ | John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images

How does Selleck unwind when he’s not filming his hit CBS show? Selleck revealed he likes to spend time on his 65-acre Ventura, California ranch. According to Cowboys & Indians magazine, the ranch has a hunting lodge, barn, and a corral. During a 2016 interview, he told the publication he did a lot of the “grunt work” on the ranch.

Selleck tells People magazine he isn’t one to bask in the spotlight. He cherishes the time he gets to spend with his family. “I’m a fairly private person,” Selleck tells People. “And I’ve always treasured the balance between work and time with my family. It’s always about them.”

Selleck also says life on the ranch and connecting with others keeps him centered. “My relationships and my ranch keep me sane,” says Selleck.

What makes Tom Selleck appreciate his success

Selleck doesn’t take his success for granted. In an interview with GQ, he says difficult times remind him he’s very fortunate. Selleck had to work hard to get to where he is today. It took many years before Selleck became a successful actor.  

“From the time in ’67 when I signed at Fox, I did seven unsold pilots, and while they were the leads, nobody knew who I was because you didn’t see them,” Selleck tells GQ.

“So, I was unemployed for a long time, and I had a long time to say, ‘Boy, if I ever get a chance…’ and ‘I’m not going to do that.’ Because I was 35 when I got Magnum [PI], which was a real blessing, because I think when I was 25, I looked 35 and sounded 15. You’ve got to grow into yourself. It was very frustrating at the time.”

Selleck says it took a lot to finally reach a the point where he made a decent salary. Despite his trials, Selleck says he has no career regrets. “People say, ‘I don’t want to have any regrets,’ and I don’t have,” he told the magazine. “I’ve had bad breaks, and it was pretty tough getting to a level where I actually made a living in this business.”

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