‘Blue Bloods’: Why the Cast Members Don’t Use Real Silverware in Family Dinner Scenes

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Blue Bloods has the Reagan family sit down for a meal every episode, which has been a fan favorite aspect of the show. Fans might wonder what the cast actually does when filming these important scenes. One of those things is eat with plastic silverware. Why don’t the Blue Bloods cast member use real silverware in family dinner scenes? Here is everything you need to know.

The actors use plastic silverware when they’re eating to avoid ruining the sound

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray on Blue Bloods

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray on Blue Bloods | CBS

Sometimes actors really eat during those family dinner scenes. Although you may see them use real silverware at the beginning of the show, they switched to using plastic silverware. According to CBS58, they switched to plastic silverware in order to avoid the clinking and the studio microphones can pick up the dialogue more clearly.

There is a lot of backup food just in case for the scenes

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You never know what’s going to happen so it makes sense that the show has a lot of food on the sideline just in case. “Today we had Henry having an extra piece of pie, so we had a dozen full pies,” explained prop master Jim Lillis to CBS58 “he’s not eating a dozen full pies but you gotta be ready, and they won’t go to waste.”

You might’ve seen the same kinds of food at the Reagan family table too. “We peel and chop a lot of cucumbers,” said Lillis “there’s always potatoes, there’s always a vegetable, there’s always a roll, there’s always salad.”

The food for the show is very real. Some of it comes from New York restaurants that cater. Different actors then go with their own approach when it comes to whether they want to eat or drink.

Some actors eat during the scenes while other push around food

Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle on Blue Bloods

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

The family dinner scenes can take as long as eight hours to shoot. That makes it very hard to continuously eat so some actors fake it while others try to eat something. “You’re eating for a long time,” Amy Carlson, who played Linda Reagan, said according to CBS Philly. “The dinner scene can take hours’ a very long time to shoot. You can’t eat anything for like eight hours and not get sick, get like physically ill.”

Vanessa Ray, who plays Eddie Janko, is new when it comes to filming the Reagan family dinners. She told CBS58 that she learned the hard way when it comes to this. “I dove in way too fast, I thought I knew what I was going to do, I thought I was just going to have the cucumbers and it’s going to be fine,” she said.

So Blue Bloods might use real food for the family dinner scenes, but not real silverware. It’s all to make sure the audience can hear what the actors are saying.

Read more: ‘Blue Bloods’: Do the Cast Members Use “The Blue Bloods Cookbook” Recipes?

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