Watch! has photographed many of television's top pops over the years, like family men Tom Selleck, Len Cariou, and Donnie Wahlberg pictured above. From suave shoots to stylish portraits, we've rounded up some of our favorite photos to celebrate these great guys.

Like father, like son

Len Cariou and Tom Selleck police car

Patrick Demarchelier

These police papas continue the Reagan family business in law enforcement.

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Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon in blue dress shirt

Art Streiber

Fun Fact: Mark Harmon's son, Sean, plays the role of young Leroy Jethro Gibbs on CBS's hit TV series NCIS.

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Alex O'Loughlin

Alex O'Loughlin walking brown horse

Nino Muñoz

Surprise, surprise! Alex O'Loughlin, his wife, and kids (all boys) love surfing and adventuring around Oahu and Hawaii.

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

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Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly laying down in denim

Jeff Lipsky

Dad of two Michael Weatherly looks forward to lots of family time while Bull is on hiatus—including quoting his daughter's favorite show Peppa Pig.

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Thomas Sadoski

Thomas Sadoski on red tractor

Christopher Ross

Now celebrating his third Father's Day, Thomas Sadoski is enjoying the parenting ride with wife Amanda Seyfried.

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Scott Caan

Scott Caan relaxing in garden

Emily Shur

Fun fact: Scott Caan met his girlfriend, and now mother of his daughter, Josie, on set of H50.

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Phil Keoghan

Phil Keoghan on the beach

Christopher Ross

Fun fact: Phil Keoghan regularly takes his daughter Elle race car driving!

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Sean Murray

Sean Murray LOVE sign

Tom Corbett

We are thankful for this sweet snap of Sean Murray in Vegas! What's not to love about this dapper dad of two?

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Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck in navy suit with striped tie

Patrick Demarchelier

Fun fact: Tom Selleck and his daughter Hannah share a hobby of horseback riding!

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Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll photo shoot

Cliff Lipson

NCIS star Rocky Carroll has been bringing his daughter Elissa to set since she was a little girl.

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Jonny Lee Miller

Johnny Lee Miller black tie sitting in front of mirror

Mark Mann

In his downtime, TV detective Jonny Lee Miller takes long walks with his son Buster around New York City.

Chris O'Donnell

Chris O'Donnell on a rocky beach

Cliff Lipson

It's family first for Chris O'Donnell. When he first became a father, he stepped out of the Hollywood spotlight for a while.

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Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg smiling in white shirt and black watch

David Needleman

Just like the character he plays, Donnie Wahlberg is one dedicated dad.

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LL COOL J

LL COOL J in front of Eiffel Tower

Gilles-Marie Zimmermann

Successful father of four LL COOL J shows off his creative side.

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Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen drinking cocktail at bar

Cliff Lipson

Active dad Brian Dietzen works out with his kids. Pull-ups are their favorite!

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Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna at Taste Chicago

Cliff Lipson

Dedicated dad Joe Mantegna has two daughters who inspire him to pursue philanthropic pursuits, too. The Criminal Minds star participates in numerous charities, including The Barbara Sinatra Children's Center, Autism Speaks, and Inclusion Films.

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Eric Christian Olsen

Eric Christian Olsen holding water guns

Adam Secore

Fun fact: Eric Christian Olsen's newest addition to the family, Esmé, was named after J.D Salinger's short story, "For Esmé—with Love and Squalor."


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Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez jumping with red sneakers

Michael Parmelee

Fun-loving father Adam Rodriguez dotes on his two daughters, sometimes blasting tunes from Elena of Avalor.

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Simon Helberg

Simon Helberg lauding with white sweater

Mark Mann

For his role as a husband and father on The Big Bang Theory, Simon Helberg channels real life. He's a natural!

Len Cariou

Len Cariou close up in grey suit and tie

Patrick Demarchelier

Originally from Manitoba, Canada, lovable TV grandpa Len Cariou has one grown daughter.

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Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula with watching cellist

Randee St. Nicholas

Fun fact: Scott Bakula's four kids have all grown up. The youngest, Owen Barrett Bakula, is now 20 years old!

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David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz drinking coffee in plaid shirt

Cliff Lipson

In his Sept-Oct 2017 Watch! cover story, David Boreanaz gets real about his remarkable family.

"My work is relevant to where I am in my life, and I'm blessed," he tells us. "I'm blessed with a 15-year-old boy who shows me every day what it is to be brave, to be strong. With a wife who shows me how to be strong, to be brave, to be confident, to be loyal. And a daughter who teaches me the same concepts."

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Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson singing with microphone

David Needleman

Fun fact: Chris Jackson went from the Hamilton soundtrack to the Moana soundtrack. The dad of two is the singing voice of Chief Tui, and his kids love it when he croons for them.

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Lance Barber

Lance Barber in brown suit

Cliff Lipson

A TV dad and real-life father of two, Lance Barber began acting with his high school drama club.

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Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon in checkered suit

Cliff Lipson

Fun fact: Kevin Nealon is also musically talented. He plays the guitar, banjo, ukulele, and recently started taking piano lessons. He also admits to listening to One Direction because his kid loves it.

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Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc black suit and white shirt

Cliff Lipson

Golden Globe winner and father of three Matt LeBlanc candidly chats with Stephen Colbert on his parenting roles, both as a TV dad and in real life.

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Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins in front of Empire State Building

Mary Ellen Matthews

TV dad of two daughters on The Unicorn, Walton Goggins is also a father to 8-year-old son Augustus in real life.

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Mike Colter

Mike Colter in front of New York City scene

Mary Ellen Matthews

A dad to two young daughters, Mike Colter is also the second cousin of Viola Davis. Clearly talent runs in the family.

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Billy Gardell

Billy Gardell in purple tie in front of the Empire State Building

Mary Ellen Matthews

A doting dad to 16-year-old son Will, Billy Gardell says when it comes to kids "any age they are is a fun age".

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Nathaniel Arcand

Nathaniel Arcand in front of New York City scene

Mary Ellen Matthews

Native Canadian actor Nathaniel Arcand is also known as dad to a daughter and two sons.

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Jaime Camil

Jaime Camil

Michele Crowe/ CBS via Getty Images

You don't need to look farther than Jaime Camil's Instagram to see that the Jane the Virgin and Broke star is all about fun times with his family.

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Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon in checkered suit in front of Empire State Building

Mary Ellen Matthews

This charming Aussie actor has been dad to daughter Madison for almost two decades.

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Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield

Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield New York City scene

Mary Ellen Matthews

The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield are fathers on and off-screen. We're betting these two fellas know all the best dad jokes!

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A toast to CBS' dapper dads

Tom Selleck cooking out with Donnie Wahlberg and Len Cariou

Patrick Demarchelier

Happy Father's Day to all the cool CBS dads and the men who play them!

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By Jessica Shaw

Good news for #jamko fans:

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray, who play Blue Bloods' patrol partners turned precinct paramours Eddie Janko and Jamie Reagan, are every bit as adorable when the cameras aren't rolling. And that's saying something, because on-screen, these two have had a swoon-worthy run, from Jamie endearing himself to Eddie's difficult mother to Eddie's crazy jealousy when Jamie flirted with a beautiful doctor, all the way up to last season's tear-inducing engagement.

But no amount of watching Estes and Ray's on-camera chemistry can prepare you for spending an afternoon with these two, who constantly crack each other up, finish each other's sentences, and give supportive compliments—only to playfully mock each other seconds later. "Get him out of here!" Estes jokingly scolds Ray when her actual husband's name pops up on her ringing phone.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes against a burnt orange background

On Ray: Top by Snidel. Jacket by Loewe. Necklaces by Parpala Jewelry. Rings by Astrid & Miyu and Joanna Laura Constantine. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Kenneth Cole. Tie by Joseph Abboud.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli

Sharing a couch in Ray's dressing room on the Brooklyn set, in between pop-in chats from Bloods family members Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg (not to mention a drive-by from Wahlberg's wife, Jenny McCarthy, and their brand-new Pomeranian puppies), the co-stars talked about the awkwardness of making out on camera with your real-life platonic best friend, why they were initially opposed to their characters coupling, and what the future holds for the fan favorite duo. (Spoiler alert: it may change around the seating at the Reagan family dinners!)

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Do you remember your very first auditions to play Jamie and Eddie?

Vanessa: I auditioned on tape and then went to meet with CBS in Los Angeles. The day I went in for my callback, the casting director got stuck in an elevator and they were like, "Maybe we should reschedule for tomorrow."

But sometimes as an actor you're like, No! I'm ready right now and I don't want to come back tomorrow. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, but I know today I can get this job.

So I waited on the CBS lot for two hours until the fire department got the casting director out of the elevator and then I was like, "Ready?" And I got it!

Will: 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 in black and white

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud. Jeans by Mavi. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli

Will, you've been on the show since it premiered in September 2010. Vanessa, you joined in season 4. At this point, it's hard to imagine Blue Bloods without the two of you together in some capacity. Do you remember the first time you tested together? Was there instant chemistry?

Vanessa: [To Estes] I think you were skeptical of me.

Will: I don't think that!

Vanessa: Remember we were in the hallway?

Will: Is this a real story?

Vanessa: This is Will's new thing. He thinks I'm lying.

Will: At any given time you can believe 75 percent of what Vanessa is saying.

Vanessa: This story I'm positive about. I remember you were in full costume. And I think you were like, "Who is this girl? Who is this blond girl?"

Will: I remember always liking you.

Vanessa: Awww!

Vanessa Ray in Valentina Kova slip dress

Top by Alexander McQueen. Slip dress by Valentina Kova. Earrings by Astrid & Miyu and Glamrocks Jewelry.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

When Vanessa joined, was it made clear to both of you that these characters were going to be partners who eventually fall in love?

Will: One of the oddities of television is that sometimes performances dictate the story. It's a create-as-you-go format. So certainly the writers wrote it, but if we were horrible together they wouldn't have written it. Us having a great time together helped.

Vanessa: Aside from the romance, there are so many times one of our conversations will end up in the story. I'll look at a script and be like, We just had this argument or We just talked about that thing!

Like what?

Will: I've deliberately blocked it all out.

Vanessa: Anything. Our views on society or relationships in general.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes enjoying a friendly laugh

On Ray: Dress by Billy Reid. Belts by Deborah Drattell. Ring by Officina Bernardi. On Estes: Suit by Paisley & Gray. Shirt by J.Crew. Pocket square by Hugo Boss.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

What was your reaction when the producers told you they wanted Jamie and Eddie to go from being police partners to being a romantic couple?

Vanessa: There was pushback because we thought, If you put us together, then where do we go from there?

Will: It was the Moonlighting thing. Once they got together, the story was over. The anticipation is so much better than the monster—that's what Hitchcock taught us. So we were nervous about what it was going to mean once we were together.

Vanessa: Wow. You said that way smarter than me.


Will: We're still not convinced! We just do what they tell us. We talked to them about not wanting to do anything mushy. They said they didn't want to change the dynamic.

Vanessa: But now we're having more fun than ever. We have this incredible secret that we have to hide in our precinct, and nobody can know—but everyone knows.

Will: That's such an actory thing to say. "Pretend you have a secret!" It's such an acting class exercise.

Vanessa: I know! But we actually have one!

Jacket by Necessity Sense. T-shirt by life/after/ denim. Jeans by Levi's Made & Crafted. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

T

here are sections of fan fiction websites devoted to Eddie and Jamie, and #jamko has joined the ranks of great couples with name-merging hashtags. When did you realize your coupling had taken off to the next level?

Will: What's a hashtag?

Vanessa: Pound Jamko. [Laughs.] I've had to do a lot of educating. Goodness gracious. A hashtag legitimizes us forever!

Will: I have these moments that stand out for me that are just as big as booking the job. One was watching Mom, and one of the characters said something like, "I'd love to come, but I can't. It cuts into my Blue Bloods time." I was like, We made it! The other time was when I was in the crossword puzzle, which was the highlight of my dad's life. Should I tell the story?

Vanessa: Tell it!

Will: The other day I was in a restaurant and this guy comes up to me and says, "I love that show you're on. I'm Ron." I'm like, "I know who you are. You're Ron Howard." I'm a huge fan of his work and of him as a person, and I got to meet him! It doesn't stop blowing me away that someone like that has even seen the show. He was like, "Say hi to Donnie. We did Ransom together."

Vanessa: I was losing my mind when he texted me.

Will: Vanessa was the first person I texted.

Vanessa Ray in profile

Dress by Agent Provocateur. Bra top by Morgan Lane. Earrings by Glamrocks Jewelry. Ring by Carolee.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Do you ever get out of parking tickets because you have cred with NYPD's finest?

Vanessa: I've never gotten out of a ticket, but it is fun to live in New York City and hear cops in a grocery store or something going, "Hey, Janko." For them to recognize anything that we do is the best thing about this job.

Will: The drama and gravity of what cops do for a living is always an arm's length away for our stories. Maybe that's why our show has gone for so long. There's so much there at our fingertips in the real world that we can draw from. We're doing a show about heroes and cops who get it right 99 percent of the time.

What's something you now know about your character that you didn't know when you started playing him or her?

Will: Doing this job as long as I have, life is starting to imitate art. Our technical advisor, Jim [Nuciforo], starts to tell me something now and I finish the sentence.

Vanessa: That's something I admire about you, that you still check with him. I'll be like, "What do I do with the green paper?" You'll know the answer, but you'll always say, "Let's go ask Jim about it."

Will: I never want to act like I know. Jim was an NYPD cop for 23 years. I've enjoyed going to him. I ask him about everything.

Vanessa: And he answers like a dad would answer with a scenario. Not like, "You'd be angry right now." Instead, "This is what's going on, and here's a story that maybe relates to what you're doing."

Does he ever say, "This is how it's done. No deviation"?

Will: One time. He said, "Jamie would write in black ink on the DD5s." I asked why and he said because back in the day you could only write in black ink. Now you can write in any color, but Jamie would be old school. I liked that.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes pose against a burnt orange backdrop

On Ray: Dress by Snidel. Corset by Deborah Drattell. Earrings and ring by Carolee. Bracelet by Jen Hansen. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Carlos Campos. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

How soon after you started playing these characters did you feel comfortable doing cop things like cuffing someone or holding a gun?

Vanessa: I had never held a gun or cuffed someone, so I felt really out of my body when I first started this job. I didn't expect that. I thought I'd be able to adapt easily, but it took me a while. One of my first days on set I was pointing a gun and someone walked by and my gut reaction was to use my hand to cover the barrel of the gun. So I've had to work a lot on physicality.

Will: I had the advantage of having played a Marine once, and there are a lot of similarities, with ex-military becoming police officers. They're coveted by the force. So I was comfortable with firearms, but by no means did I think I knew what I was doing out of the gate as an NYPD officer.


Vanessa: While we were doing the third or fourth episode, I found myself in the makeup trailer alone with Tom [Selleck]. I didn't really know him at all at that point. He said, "Hey, Vanessa. You ever been in the military?" I was like, "Oh my God. Look at me. What part of me has ever been in the military?"

Will: Did you tell him Barry's Bootcamp? [Imitating her] I almost finished a whole class!

Vanessa: I said, "Um, no, Tom Selleck, have you?" He said, "Yes. Do you know how to salute or stand at attention?" So in the hair and makeup trailer he made me stand up and stand at attention. He said, "Do it again! Don't look at me!" He kept making me salute him and stand at attention. I learned more in that trailer that day just about how to stand than anything else I've done.

Will Estes smiling and looking away

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud. Jeans by Mavi. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.


How strange is it to be such good friends but still have to kiss on camera and be a couple?

Will: The first kiss was really weird. Or was it the second kiss?

Vanessa: The second one was way weirder than the first kiss.

Will: Because we'd become friends at that point. We'd spent a lot of hours together. We're married without the romance.

Speaking of your coupling, tell me somethinganythingabout the wedding. How's the dress?

Will: I'll tell you something. Did you know her real husband came to her wedding dress fitting? He was like, "I wanted to do this the first time around but couldn't."

Vanessa: He really did give his two cents. It was a collaboration. Our costume person, Michael Woll, and I found one we were all happiest with. When I actually got married it was a nontraditional dress. This is the complete opposite; it's very traditional. Mine was pale pink with a green muslin skirt and a separate fitted top. It was a very hippie-girl-in-the-trees kind of feel.

Vanessa, you're a trained singer. Any chance we'll be hearing you serenading Jamie?

Vanessa: Not a chance!

Vanessa Ray in a dress by Norisol Ferrari

Dress by Norisol Ferrari. Earrings by Carolee. Ring by Officina Bernardi.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Are shooting the family dinners insanely fun ... or just insane, with so many cast members in one room?

Vanessa: I feel like I had to learn how to act at those scenes from Eddie. That sounds crazy, but my first reaction being at those dinner table scenes with legends—people who've been in the business for so many years—was to be scared. I would walk in and my confidence level was shook, but what was on the page was never that. Eddie speaks her mind. When I came into my husband's family it was the same kind of thing, and having gone through it on the show, I was able to be more honest in my real life and not shy away from outspoken moments.

Do the writers clue you in on anything they have planned for you two?

Vanessa: In broad strokes they might say where things are headed.

Will: They tell you things? They don't tell me anything. It's a great question, but a one-hour drama is all about adaptability. It's almost a different way of acting. You don't want to get too locked in because they might not write what you think.

A triptych of Vanessa Ray and Will Estes posing against a burnt orange backdrop

On Ray: Top and skirt by Snidel. Jacket by Loewe. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. Necklaces by Parpala Jewelry. Rings by Astrid & Miyu and Joanna Laura Constantine. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Kenneth Cole. Tie by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

How can I ask this subtly? Any chance we'll see a seating change, perhaps a need for more room, at the family dinner table?

Will: We change from time to time. Vanessa is kind of new; she hasn't been at family dinner for that long. But for the most part we stick to our seats.

Vanessa: What if there's a high chair, you mean? I don't know if I'll do it in real life, so it would be fun to do it on the show!

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Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, May-June 2019.

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By Fred Schruers

If the dark secret of Donnie Wahlberg's long and successful showbiz career is a predilection for energy drinks, no one working on today's photo shoot is about to give him grief for it. Since turning up a few hours ago, Wahlberg has been a model of friendly comportment. Throughout multiple costume changes and a succession of both still and video sessions, he's been laughing, solicitous, and just plain eager to help.

Donnie Wahlberg in a henley top

Henley top, Dolce & Gabbana. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Donnie Wahlberg is this gregarious and generous despite what would seem to be an exhausting schedule. When his week of 10-hour-plus days playing Blue Bloods detective Danny Reagan on a New York set comes to a close, he flies back to Chicago, where he lives with his wife, actress Jenny McCarthy, his 17-year-old son, Elijah, and her 16-year-old son, Evan, before returning to the city on Sunday.

"Even if I work Thursday and can't fly home with her [McCarthy spends midweeks on the set of her Sirius show in Manhattan], she'll book a flight that gives her a couple hours to spend with me on our set on her way to LaGuardia," he says. "We—with our sons—really do everything to be together."

And when the show is on hiatus, rather than kicking back on a beach, Wahlberg can frequently be found touring with the long-lived band New Kids on the Block, which originally launched him (and, circuitously, his brother Mark Wahlberg) into fame.

Donnie Wahlberg laughing in a hoodie

Pullover hoodie by Vince. Jeans by J. Crew. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.


Nine seasons into the Blue Bloods life, Wahlberg clearly enjoys his life, wherever he happens to be. When he's complimented for his great attitude during the photo shoot, posing repeatedly with good humor in between riffing with co-star Bridget Moynahan, he smiles and responds, "Who am I to give anyone a hard time?"

You and Bridget seem to have such an easy way working together.

We have a great friendship. We did a pilot together in 2008 that I executive-produced called Bunker Hill. When the Blue Bloods offer came along, I immediately called her, and I said, "You have to play the sister."

She said, "I already passed." She was worried it was going to shoot in Canada, and she had a young child and didn't want to have to commute. I said, "I guarantee you, we won't go to Canada ... because Tom Selleck is never going to do a show in Canada. Knowing him, he will fight to do it in New York, because he wants it to be authentic."

Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg smiling in navy blue clothes

On Moynahan: Asymetrical gown by Michelle Mason. Sandals by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own. On Wahlberg: Tuxedo and tuxedo shirt, Brooks Brothers. Shoes by To Boot New York. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

She and I started out as friends coming out of tough relationships, as single parents, and became friends and confidants and watched each other go through other relationships and then ultimately find spouses. Bridget and I have gone through this parallel journey as friends and have been there for each other.

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Given that you live in Chicago, how do you feel about shooting in New York?

There's nothing like shooting here. I get energized on the streets. And it's such a big city, there's so much going on, and of course our characters' jobs as police officers is to control what's going on. In my music career, how do I get control of 15,000 screaming people in an arena and get them to follow along where I want to take them during a song or a moment or an entire concert? I think that's what I do in Blue Bloods, but in a different way.

How much have you been influenced by other legendary on-screen tough-talking detectives?

There are moments when I'll play around and may say, "I'm going to go a little Columbo [Peter Falk] in this moment," but generally I play the character as a straightforward guy who cuts to the chase.

Donnie Wahlberg in J Crew and Amiri jeans

Pullover by J. Crew. Jeans by Amiri. Chelsea boots by To Boot New York. Sunglasses, watch, and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Danny's first regular partner, played by Jennifer Esposito, helped rein him in. Does Marisa Ramirez's Maria Baez do the same?

The beauty of having had these different partners is that they each bring something different to react to. Jennifer made boring lines hysterical; she made throwaway lines authentic. She was a great partner, and is a great actor and friend. When Marisa came along, I knew immediately she would be a lifelong friend. Marisa came in, and she was just a solid person and actor, a solid partner on camera and off.

How would you like to see Danny and Baez's relationship develop?

I would like them to connect a little more—not in an intimate way like Jamie [Will Estes] and Eddie [Vanessa Ray], but to really share with each other. I think if Danny confides in anyone about the loss of [his late wife] Linda, for example, it would be her. I'd love to explore that.

You've talked about what a great acting partner Amy Carlson made as Linda, before she left the show last season. What was it like for you as an actor to have it fall on your character to explain that she had died?

I got really teary in that scene. For that whole episode, when Linda's death was first revealed, I was also on tour with my band. I literally came from an arena packed full of thousands of screaming people, got on the tour bus, drove to the set, pulled up next to the makeup trailer, then walked onto the set and had to do the first scene—in a psychiatrist's chair—revealing that Linda was dead.

I had to walk this tightrope of emotions and make it plausible. In the later dinner scene, I was really emotional. I sat there remembering the seven years we'd spent working together, thinking, She's not here, and I just let my heart feel what it felt.

Three black and white images of Donnie Wahlberg

Henley top by Dolce & Gabbana. Jeans by J. Crew. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Season 9 was very much about Danny figuring out that he can still do the job without Linda as his touchstone. What's that been like for you?

I resist when Danny wants to quit. It's a struggle for me. My wife, Jenny, actually helped me with that, because she'd seen an episode where Danny was going to quit and become a private security guy to make more money, and she said, "That was my favorite episode I ever saw, before I even met you. That the guy's going to quit and make money for his family—that struggle is fascinating to me."

So when Linda died, I think that struggle Danny goes through was real, because it goes back to what's similar between Frank [Selleck] and Danny. We do not like self-pity. It is the worst thing to play. Alarm bells go off for both of us. But I embrace the challenge. I'll say, "OK, let me try to play that Danny's thinking about quitting, but try to avoid the self-pity and just make it more matter-of-fact."

There are those darker shades turning up in recent episodes, with a psychic who summons up Danny's unresolved feelings about his wife. Do some of the plotlines test your emotional resilience?

I've learned that I can't bring the show home every night. I have to separate from it, or I'll get tired of it. So part of it is my not reading the scripts in full—sometimes by necessity, but also it's become really fun and a great exercise to have elements of improv class in showing up on the set. By changing my approach every season on the show, it allows me to make the show fresh and fun every single year.

The writers really do trust me to play around with the words and tie it all together, because it's tough. Even though we're very much a family show, there's a lot of police procedure, and to make that sound conversational and authentic is not easy.

So I don't just say the [lines], I give Danny an opinion. The DNA test came back, and I'm thinking, I knew that son of a bitch was guilty. It's not just, "Let's talk to the electrician, maybe he booby-trapped the wires," it's, "That son of a bitch electrician, I knew a guy in high school who booby-trapped the wires to make his lights go out so he didn't have to do his homework." I'm constantly adding like that.

A Smiling Donnie Wahlberg

Shirt by Bonobos/Nordstrom.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

In one episode, Frank confided that he thinks Danny is the son who's most like him.

I do think Danny's all in like Frank. To be a uniformed officer like Frank and make it all the way up to commissioner, you've got to be all in. It's your life. I don't think Danny wants to be commissioner one day, but I think he will stay in uniform as long as he can.

The very first dinner scene was the first scene we shot. Do you know how hard it is to show up, 10 actors, and Tom at the head of the table, and I've got to have this knock-down, drag-out with Bridget? If I'm not ready to go full-out in that scene, the show doesn't work. Danny has to be hardheaded and fiery in front of Frank. And I had to be willing to do that in front of Tom. Any good actor would know that's what you have to do—you commit.

Those dinner scenes make up some of the most moving moments of the episodes. Danny is seldom the first to speak, but we often watch him react.

A lot of that's improvised. Someone else might kick me under the table and say, "Stop adding those improvs," but Tom doesn't. And six months later he'll say, "I love the way you fill in all the holes in the dinner scene. It needs you, you keep it alive." What a great thing that the head of the table just trusts me. It means the world to me.

What's your relationship like with him offscreen?

Tom's a real solid individual. After we watched the pilot, he said to me, "I'm really good at making scripts better," and I thought he was going to offer me, "So if you need help, come to me," but that's not what he said. He said, "I notice that you are too, and I'm going to count on you to keep running through walls and do what you do for the run of this show." And I said, "I'm there, man, I got your back." And that's been our relationship ever since.

A Smiling Donnie Wahlberg in a Tuxedo

Tuxedo and shirt by Brooks Brothers. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Any behind-the-scenes hilarious moment you can share?

There have been times when Marisa and I laugh probably for an hour straight. We might tell jokes between takes, or someone goofs up a line. Sometimes she'll pronounce a phrase backwards—like, for "the blue shirt," she might say, "the shoe blurt" or something, and we literally have to shut down production for about 20 minutes until we get it out.

It has to be said that you seem like a man very happy in his work.

When I really started becoming an actor and being taken more seriously—even when I did The Sixth Sense, and that was a real breakthrough—I really loved the idea of TV. And TV wasn't cool back then, we didn't really have all these cool cable and streaming shows.

But there's something about a one-hour drama that just makes total sense to me, and probably because I'd been touring and living out of a suitcase, the idea of showing up to work in the same place every day was something that appealed.

We're looking forward to plenty more of Blue Bloods. Is it safe to say both Danny and Donnie are all in?

You know, I never could understand when an actor would say they got burnt out on a TV show. It never made sense to me. We fight so hard to get these jobs. I worked for years just to get an acting gig, and I'm hearing of actors quitting shows because they're bored. And I think, What the hell are you talking about?

Donnie Wahlberg in a grey suit by J Crew

Suit by J. Crew. Shirt by Paul Smith/Nordstrom. Ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Last question: If you could change one thing about your character, what would it be?

There's a lot of humor in law enforcement, to get through some of the hard times. I would write him a few more jokes

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Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, May-June 2019.

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Photography by David Needleman.

Ten years in, Blue Bloods continues to deliver on family dinners, a few feuds, and some serious fun. Here, we celebrate the spectacular stars who keep bringing everything they have to the table.

Join Watch as we celebrate Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, Vanessa Ray, and Will Estes with out-of-uniform fashion photos (captured by celebrity photographer David Needleman) and highly classified excerpts from our May-June 2019 cover story.

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Bridget Moynahan had an early window into her Blue Bloods character

Bridget Moynahan in a red dress

Dress by by Olivia von Halle. Boots by Dr. Martens.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Born in Binghamton, New York, Moynahan is a middle child—the only girl—whose Irish Catholic upbringing often echoed the Blue Bloods family and her character Erin Reagan Boyle. "We ate dinner together like the Reagans," she tells Watch, "but it wasn't as combative."

Donnie Wahlberg still gets his groove on

Donnie Wahlberg wearing sunglasses dressed all in black

Pullover by J. Crew. Jeans by Amiri. Chelesea boots by To Boot New York. Sunglasses, watch, and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

When he's not busy playing detective Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods, Wahlberg often tours with New Kids on the Block, the band that first cast him—and his brother Mark—into the limelight.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes were unsure about on-screen coupling

Photo of Vanessa Ray and Will Estes

On Ray: Top by Snidel. Jacket by Loewe. Necklaces by Parpala Jewelry. Rings by Astrid & Miyu and Joanna Laura Constantine. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Kenneth Cole. Tie by Joseph Abboud.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Team #Jamko admits that there was hesitation at first when the Blue Bloods producers decided Eddie Janko and Jamie Reagan—who tied the knot in the Season 9 finale—would become an item. Vanessa Ray says "There was pushback because we thought, If you put us together, then where do we go from there?" Will Estes adds that "We were nervous about what it was going to mean once we were together."

But obviously the #Jamko connection worked out just fine

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes of Blue Bloods.

On Ray: Dress by Billy Reid. Shoes by Oscar Tiye. Belt by Deborah Drattell. Earrings by Accessory Concierge and Alexis Bittar. Ring by Officina Bernardi. On Estes: Suit by Paisley & Gray from Men's Wearhouse. Shirt by J.Crew. Shoes by Kenneth Cole. Socks by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby. Pocket square by Hugo Boss.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Bridget Moynahan is bookish about shoes

Bridget Moynahan sitting wearing striped shirt and black leather boots

Pajama top by Olivia von Halle. Men's chinos by J.Crew. Leather boots by Dr. Martens. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

This April, with co-author Amanda Benchley, Bridget Moynahan published her second book, Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes. Inspired by an evocative decluttering spree, she collected unique shoe stories and photographs from 40 renowned women, including Barbara Bush, race car driver Danica Patrick, and architect Maya Lin.

We just love her rockin' these Doc Martens!

Black and white photo of Bridget Moynahan wearing Doc Martens

Dress by by Olivia von Halle. Boots by Dr. Martens.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Vanessa Ray believes in seizing the moment

Vanessa Ray in flowy pink wrap dress

Dress by Agent Provocateur. Bra top by Morgan Lane. Shoes by Chloe Gosselin. Earrings by Glamrocks Jewelry. Ring by Carolee.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

When Vanessa Ray arrived for her Blue Bloods callback, the casting director got stuck in an elevator and offered to reschedule. The actress shares that her confidence at an all-time high that day and she was ready to perform, so she waited out the two hours it took the fire department to resolve the situation.

Being Eddie Janko was meant to be

Dress by Norisol Ferrari. Earrings by Carolee. Ring by Officina Bernardi.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Will Estes knows the secret of success

Will Estes black and white portrait

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud. Jeans by Mavi. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"The drama and gravity of what cops do for a living is always an arm's length away from our stories," Will Estes says of finding inspiration in NYPD's finest. "Maybe that's why our show has gone on for so long. There's so much there at our fingertips in the real world that we can draw from."

Donnie Wahlberg has Windy City roots

Donnie Wahlberg wearing gray suit

Suit by J.Crew. Shirt by Paul Smith/Nordstrom. Ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Although Blue Bloods films in New York City, Donnie Wahlberg lives in Chicago with his wife, actress Jenny McCarthy, her 16-year-old son Even, and his 17-year-old son Elijah. He flies home every weekend.

Bridget Moynahan has model behavior

Bridget Moynahan smokey eye black blouse

High-neck top by Vera Wang. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

She's a natural in the front of the camera. Bridget Moynahan started her career as a fashion model and then got her big acting break when she was cast as Natasha on Sex and the City. The exposure led to an expanded part on the show, and then film roles in Coyote Ugly; I, Robot with Will Smith; and The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck.

She know how to strike a pose

Bridget Moynahan smokey eye black blouse

High-neck top by Vera Wang. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Bridget Moynahan has a fitness secret

Bridget Moynahan in black lace dress

Lace dress and satin bra by Dolce & Gabbana. Shoes by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"I like mashed potatoes, but you can't eat them for four hours and stay in shape," she says of the Reagan family's weekly dinner scenes, which can take hours to film. "So mostly I just try to move the potatoes around with my fork."

Donnie Wahlberg leads with his heart

Donnie Wahlberg picture staring into camera

Henley top, Dolce & Gabbana. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

When Blue Bloods first revealed the death of Danny Reagan's wife Linda (played by Amy Carlson), Donnie Wahlberg says, "I was really emotional. I sat there remembering the seven years we'd spent working together, thinking, She's not here, and I just let my heart feel what it felt."

These on-screen siblings are the real deal

Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg of Blue Bloods.

On Moynahan: Asymmetrical gown by Michelle Mason. Sandals by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own.On Wahlberg: Tuxedo and tuxedo shirt, Brooks Brothers. Shoes by To Boot New York. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes inspire the Blue Bloods writers

Vanessa Ray in a black dress and Will Estes in white suit.

On Ray: Dress by Snidel. Corset by Deborah Drattell. Earrings and ring by Carolee. Bracelet by Jen Hansen. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Carlos Campos. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"Aside from the romance, there are so many times one of our conversations will end up in the story," says Vanessa Ray. "I'll look at a script and be like, We just had this argument or We just talked about that thing!"

Bridget Moynahan trusts her acting instincts and digs deep

Bridget Moynahan wearing faux fur leopard coat

Slip dress by Olivia von Halle. Faux fur leopard coat by Michelle Mason. Leather boots by Dr. Martens. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"There's a level of vulnerability in some performances I see that I am appreciating more and more," Bridget Moynahan. "Vulnerability has a stigma of being weak, but it's inspiring."

Donnie Wahlberg likes to laugh

Donnie Wahlberg in a hoodie and jeans.

Pullover hoodie by Vince. Jeans by J. Crew. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Who's the biggest goofball on set? Cast members dish that it's definitely Donnie Wahlberg. The Blue Bloods star admits that he's guilty as charged. "There have been times when Marisa Ramirez (Maria Baez) and I laugh for probably an hour straight. We might tell jokes between takes, or someone goofs up a line ... and we literally have to shut down production for about 20 minutes until we get it out."

Just look at that gorgeous grin!

Donnie Wahlberg in a tuxedo.

Tuxedo and shirt by Brooks Brothers. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Vanessa Ray can salute like a pro!

Vanessa Ray natural makeup pink floral dress

Top by Alexander McQueen. Slip dress by Valentina Kova. Earrings by Astrid & Miyu and Glamrocks Jewelry.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Fun fact: The actress learned the art of a proper military salute and how to stand at attention from the legendary Tom Selleck himself, who coached her between takes in the hair and makeup trailer.

Will Estes stays humble

Will Estes wearing a burgundy blazer

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"I have these moments that stand out for me that are just as big as booking the job," Will Estes tells Watch about the show's success. "One was watching Mom, and one of the characters said something like, 'I'd love to come, but I can't. It cuts into my Blue Bloods time.' I was like, We made it!"

We love this candid, modest moment

Will Estes in a maroon sports jacket

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud. Jeans by Mavi. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray have great chemistry

Will Estes wearing silver suit and Vanessa Ray

On Ray: Top and skirt by Snidel. Jacket by Loewe. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. Necklaces by Parpala Jewelry. Rings by Astrid & Miyu and Joanna Laura Constantine. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Kenneth Cole. Tie by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Both on and off-screen, Will Estes and Vanessa Ray are simply adorable. "We're having more fun than ever" and "We're married without the romance" are just a sample of the sweet soundbites the Blue Bloods stars shared in their May-June 2019 Watch interview and cover story.

The Blue Bloods cast feels like family

Blue Bloods cast member for a glam photo shoot.

On Ray: Dress by Billy Reid. Shoes by Oscar Tiye. Belt by Deborah Drattell. Earrings by Accessory Concierge and Alexis Bittar. Ring by Officina Bernardi. On Estes: Suit by Paisley & Gray from Men's Wearhouse. Shirt by J.Crew. Shoes by Kenneth Cole. Socks by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby. Pocket square by Hugo Boss.


On Wahlberg: Tuxedo and tuxedo shirt, Brooks Brothers. Shoes by To Boot New York. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own. On Moynahan: Asymmetrical gown by Michelle Mason. Sandals by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison and Christina Pacelli.

Onscreen partners and siblings Vanessa Ray, Will Estes, Donnie Wahlberg, and Bridget Moynahan bring the Reagan family to life.

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