Glamour: The intensity and dynamic you bring to every scene as Detective Danny Reagan is incredible. How are you managing to balance everything in your life when taking on such a demanding role?
Donnie Wahlberg: I don’t know. I think every now and again, every actor thinks they can play any role, and the smart actors are honest enough to know that they can't. My entire body of work as an actor has prepared me for this role, and this is one of those times where everything was aligned perfectly and I was the right guy in the right place with the right resume with the right experience and the right passion for this gig. It may seem hard, and it may look hard, and I’m sure there are times when I’ve done 18-hour days in cold New York City where I’m like, ‘Damn, this is hard,’ but in all sincerity, it's really easy. And I don't mean that to make light of it, I just really think that this role was meant to be mine.
Glamour: The little boys that play your sons on the show (real life brothers Andrew and Tony Terraciano) are so cute and fine young actors. Do they get what a big deal it is to work opposite you, Tom, and Bridget?
Donnie: In some ways, they are really like the kids of the show. Tom is like their grandpa. He sort of makes jokes with them at the dinner table, but he doesn't have to take them home at the end of the day! [laughs] For me, they come rushing in when I come in the door, and I'm sort of like their surrogate dad. They hang out with my real son all the time. They adore each other. It's just really nice. The family dynamic on screen and off is really special. For Bridget and I, for example, we don't fight as much as we do on screen. [laughs] We are really, really close.
Glamour: So that brings me to my next question. If you were stranded on the side of the road at 3 a.m., which co-star would you call to come pick you up?
Donnie: I could call any of them and know they would come and get me, but I'd call Bridget because she'd come get me looking all glamorous! [laughs] Tom Selleck would come and get me on a horse! And I don' want to ride home on a horse!