On the popular CBS procedural “Blue Bloods,” New York City assistant district attorney Erin Reagan (Bridget Moynahan) is the only woman among her direct family members who all work in law enforcement.Fortunately, despite her masculine nickname, she has Jamie’s wife Edit “Eddie” Janko (Vanessa Ray) to bring a bit more feminine energy to the “Blue Bloods” family dinner table — especially after the show cruelly and unexpectedly k1lled off Danny Reagan’s (Donnie Wahlberg) wife Linda (Amy Carlson) in Season 8.
Ray made his debut as Eddie in the Season 4 premiere, “Unwritten Rules,” in 2013. Eddie, a cop, is assigned to be Jamie Reagan’s (Will Estes) new partner, and sparks fly. They eventually marry in the Season 9 finale, “Something Blue,” and while officer relationships aren’t exactly encouraged (though they’re also not exactly forbidden), Jamie and Eddie find a way to balance their personal and professional lives; for one thing, Jamie’s promotion allows them to continue working at the same precinct.
Eddie isn’t just sitting around, though, as she was recently seen practicing for her sergeant exam. Ray, in fact, praises the show’s writers for giving the female characters a lot to do.
Vanessa Ray appreciates the opportunity to demonstrate Eddie’s instincts.
Vanessa Ray admires the writers’ approach to the female characters on “Blue Bloods.” “I love that our show shows real issues of what it’s like to be a woman walking down the street every day,” she told Nerds of Color, explaining that violence doesn’t care who you are. “Our writers and directors don’t shy away from how that plays out both physically and mentally,” she said, citing a Season 11 episode starring detective Abigail Baker (Abigail Hawk).
Ray hopes that audiences will notice how “Eddie exemplifies that gut instinct that women have.” The deep knowing that compels us to act. “She moves through her fear rather than away from it,” Ray added, imploring viewers to “#BeAnEddie.”
According to PopCulture, Ray’s co-star Bridget Moynahan, who plays Erin Reagan and whom Ray frequently seeks advice from, feels the same way about the writers. In an interview with Glamour, Moynahan said that the show’s more complex storylines kept her engaged throughout her long tenure.
She also appreciated the fact that she didn’t need a love story to keep Erin happy. “The producers would bring in some characters every now and then to play the romantic interest, and it always felt so forced to me.” “I didn’t see the point,” she said, explaining that Erin’s status as a divorced single parent was sufficient. “I felt like there’s some strength and relatability in that for a lot of people.”