(CBS) – Blue blood He will return tonight at 10:00 PM ET/Pacific Time on CBS and is available to broadcast live and on demand with Paramount+. Season 12 begins with an all-new episode titled “Hate Is Hate.”
CBS’ Matt Weiss spoke to Vanessa Ray (Eddie Janco) and Will Estes (Jaime Reagan) about tonight’s new episode and the show’s commitment to covering real-life topics.
MW- Vanessa, Will Good morning, I hope you are doing well. Blue Bloods returns for Season 12 tonight at 10:00 PM on CBS and Paramount+. The last time we saw you there was a big wedding, and now that your characters are married, how will that change the dynamic of the show moving forward?
we- To be honest, I was worried about it, I thought we had something really good going on with full will / They wouldn’t. I was nervous about losing what these two characters have together but it seems to me that despite the odds, it works.
We play a couple who enter life now after marriage. They still work together, although they are no longer partners.
VR-They are a couple finding their way to navigate all these different obstacles. There is a power dynamic, gender, quality of work, and how we navigate the next steps of marriage. We have had this big explosion of love and now you are dealing with daily acts of kindness and acts of service towards each other. You are still trying to find your voice during the first year of your marriage and find your identity as a couple and as individuals.
So this season we’ve had a lot of those issues on the show. We want to show what real couples are going through. There is a lot to work through and it is always hard to find that through the streak of love and respect for each other. There is a lot of exciting things going on between Jaime and Eddie this season.
we- Our love language is when your partner knows their lines. [Laughs]
MW- You mentioned gender equality and the show touches on a lot of themes that are so timely this season. How do topics like this change the way you prepare to take on these roles?
VR- Yes, I think it has had a huge impact on the way we treat our characters. You know there is no denying that there is a lot of scrutiny on police officers right now and the toll this can cause. For all of our characters, it kind of becomes a question of why you even got into it at all.
We’re really taking a hard look at what they do well, and why they got into policing in the first place, if they’re serving their community the way they hope they do. This is similar to the second half of Cinderella. You go to the ball and think you’re going to fall in love, you’re going to change the world, and you’re going to make the world a better place. And then after you go to the ball, you’re like oh, this is the ball, this is a very intense place to move around.
we- It’s just an enormous responsibility. We play characters in our show that we hope are 3D or flawed, but they are good people. So we say it from this perspective.
We’re also people and we have personal experiences and I think it’s just a tremendous amount of responsibility to address these kinds of issues. Societal awareness is currently very polarized on many issues, and it is a challenge for people. But that’s kind of what we scored, and we have a huge responsibility to do it right. As human beings we want to make a show from the perspective of these characters who are police officers and do it the right way.
MW- And Blue blood Over 200 episodes right now, so it’s clearly doing something right! Thank you for the time and congratulations on tonight’s premiere!
we- You too, take care of yourself.
VR- Thanks Matt!
listening to Blue blood Friday nights at 10:00 PM ET / Pacific Time on CBS or broadcast via Paramount +. Check your local listings for more information.