‘Blue Bloods’: The Surprising Thing Will Estes Does Behind the Scenes

Blue Bloods star Will Estes has been playing the role of Jamie Reagan since 2010. It’s a role that didn’t come easily and he takes his job seriously. Here’s what Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about Estes’ activities when the camera stops rolling.

How Will Estes got the role of Jamie Reagan

Will Estes on 'Blue Bloods' |  Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images
Will Estes on ‘Blue Bloods’ | Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images

Estes told CBS Watch he immediately liked the Blue Bloods script when he first saw it. However, he knew he would have to make a big impression on the producers in order to get the part of Jamie Reagan. He made sure his performance was so convincing the producers believed he was Jamie. Estes told the publication he auditioned for the part four times before he was offered the role. Here’s what Estes said about the Blue Bloods audition process:

I auditioned for what felt like 11 times, but it was actually just four. I remember the script was my favorite thing I’d read all year. I don’t think I ever told anyone this, but I was totally broke. After reading with Leonard [Goldberg, Blue Bloods‘ executive producer], I remember he said, “I believed you.” That was an endearing vote of confidence.

Will Estes says he didn’t choose to become an actor

Will Estes | Noam Galai/Getty Images
Will Estes | Noam Galai/Getty Images

In an interview with Taylor Magazine, Estes discusses how he became an actor. He told the publication acting chose him; he didn’t choose acting. It was a passion of his that felt natural to pursue. Estes said he couldn’t see himself in any other career:

I grew up in Los Angeles, so in a lot of ways it picked me more than I chose it. When I started getting older and all my friends were picking what they wanted to do for work or going to school, I realized there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do. It’s a lot of fun and I feel like I learned a lot. There were just a lot of things about it that I really loved. I began to view it as a craft and as a career and I’ve been doing it ever since.

The surprising thing Will Estes does behind the scenes

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So, what does Will Estes do behind the scenes? The CBS website revealed when Estes has time between scenes, he plays basketball if there’s a court nearby. He has a very good reason for squeezing in a game between filming. Estes told Men’s Journal he tries to stay in shape for his roles. He also tries to maintain a balanced diet. Here’s what Estes shared about his workout routine:

I try to train based on the role. I played a marine once so all I did was running, push-ups, and boxing. I did anything that was combat-oriented. I would go shoot and box and just sort of get into the whole mindset. In general, I just like to run around and stay active. I did a little gymnastics when I was a kid so I’ll run around and find a bar and try to do as many pull-ups as I can do. In terms of nutrition, I just try to eat clean.

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