When Blue Bloods first started, no one could have predicted how popular it was going to become. Starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, the show definitely had the star power, but with so many cop shows on the air, it's hard to compete. With almost 9 million viewers each week, Wahlberg and Selleck brought a new look at the New York Police Department to audiences.
As the seasons move on, we fall more and more in love with the characters each day. But how much do you really know about the actors behind your favorite characters? Here are some facts about the cast of Blue Bloods.
1. Donnie Wahlberg Lost 43lbs For "Sixth Sense"
In order to prove he was serious about acting, Donnie Wahlberg lost 43lbs to play Vincent Grey in The Sixth Sense. The role was originally written for a 13-year-old boy, but Wahlberg proved to M. Night Shyamalan that he was the only who who could play the role.
2. Tom Selleck's Voice Was Too High
When he was younger, Selleck was turned down for multiple roles because his voice was too high-pitched. Clearly, things worked out for him.
3. Hoops, Anyone?
Will Estes, who plays Jamie Reagan, loves basketball so much that he tries to find courts around wherever the show is shooting. If he can find one, he'll shoot hoops in between scenes.
4. A Little Night Music
Len Cariou is an extremely well-loved member of the theater community. He's a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and has a Tony award for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd on Broadway.
5. Marisa's MTV Debut
Marisa Ramirez, who plays Detective Maria Baez, began her career as a model and host of MTV's Senseless Acts of Video. In 2002, she landed the role of Gia Campbell on General Hospital and continued acting in soap operas until 2007.
6. Big Family
Though the most famous of the Wahlberg siblings are Mark and Donnie, there are nine other brothers and sisters: Robert, Paul, Arthur, Tracey, Jim, Scott, Debbie, Buddy, Donna, and Michelle.