Dorchester-bred triple threat Donnie Wahlberg spent most of Sunday morning shooting scenes for the upcoming second season of "Boston's Finest" in the streets of the North End. After wrapping for the day, the actor, producer, and singer/dancer sat in his trailer on Cross Street and chatted with Boston.com's Emily Wright about what sets this reality series apart from others.
“We are the first show ever, to go not only on the job with them but also into their lives to see what makes them tick, what drives them, what makes them want to do what they do,” said Wahlberg, who executive produces the series and serves as its narrator.
Wahlberg praised the Boston Police Department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombings, and said he is glad that people are more familiar with the everyday heroics performed by the first responders of this city.
“I mean, it took a tragic event obviously for people to sort of get an awareness,“ Wahlberg said. “But now that that’s happened and the world knows more of them, I think it’s going to do wonders for this show.”
Not only is Wahlberg at the helm in the editing room for “Boston’s Finest,” he’s also gearing up for the fourth season premiere of the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods.” He noted that he wouldn't be able to wear the hat of executive producer if it weren't for his time spent in front of the screen playing a police officer.
"I think having played so many police officers prepared me a lot. In the editing room, I can watch a cut come together and see whether it’s shaping up properly or whether the procedure’s right. I mean, the police have to watch it themselves and say, ‘Hey, that’s not right or whatever,’ but it gives me a lot of insight. Quite frankly, if I hadn’t been doing a show like 'Blue Bloods' for the past few years, I wouldn’t have been prepared as a producer to do 'Boston’s Finest.' But working with so many police officers throughout the years has prepared me a lot. And I’m still learning a lot. But it definitely prepared me to be able to step up to the plate and do the job."
Aside from his TV duties, Wahlberg has kept plenty busy. He and his brothers recently opened up a second Wahlburgers restaurant in Canada, and he just finished touring with New Kids on the Block in August.
“As far as personal life, I just make time. I am sort of a workaholic, but it helps to be hanging out with one. It makes it a little easier,” Wahlberg said of his relationship with McCarthy. “I went on ‘The View’ so that was one way to hang out. Maybe I’ll get her on ‘Blue Bloods’ and hang out there, maybe we’ll do some talk shows together. We’ll figure it out.”
Wahlberg credited his fans as the reason for him to keep going.
"My fans are a big part of what I do," he said. "They’re the very reason I probably have jobs. I have talent, I have something to bring to the table, but if it’s not for them wanting to see me, then there’s really no point in me doing any of this. So it’s important for me to give back and doing Vines and Twitter and stuff like that, and just spending time, talking and taking pictures and stuff, it’s important for me to do that because they’re a part of my team."
Check out the fourth season of "Blue Bloods" when it kicks off Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 p.m., and season two of "Boston's Finest" on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 10 p.m. on TNT.
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