Donnie Walhberg has been finding personal time hard to come by in recent months, as he’s been pouring himself into preparing for the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour that launches May 25 — while at the same time keeping up with his demanding “Blue Bloods” shooting schedule.
“Family time pretty much fills in the rest,” says the divorced father of 18 and nine-year-old sons, Xavier and Elijah. He regularly spends nights and weekends with his boys, he says, and “usually they’ll tag along” on his rehearsals and band meetings. Wahlberg says his nine-year-old, in particular, “loves to come around, be a part of the process, see the guys and talk to them.” His favorite New Kid is apparently Jon Knight, from what Wahlberg tells us.
Will Elijah go into the entertainment realm, too?
“I hope so, I guess. I’m not sure. He’s in the 4th grade and has never gotten a B in his life — all A’s,” Wahlberg says. “He’s very, very smart. Very mature. He’ll be going to college.”
Wahlberg has been putting his own brain power to the test with his long stint of double duty. He notes, “With my music career, I’m one of the executive producers, I could say — like a writer-executive producer-actor all in one on the music side. On ‘Blue Bloods,’ I’m just an actor. I go to work, act, do what I love, and I don’ t have to be in charge of all the big decisions. So I’m sort of like an employee on one side, a boss on the other. I learn from each side, how to be a leader and how to be a good employee. It’s fun and it gives me a great sense of balance and humility, quite frankly.”
Tonight’s (5/13) season finale of “Blue Bloods” has his police detective Danny Reagan and the rest of the law enforcement-filled clan headed by Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) finally going head to head with the group of corrupt cops responsible for the death of Danny’s brother Joe.
Wahlberg says the episode, “The Blue Templar,” is the most emotional ride yet for viewers of the acclaimed series, which has had his character on a veritable roller coaster of emotional stories for weeks. Wahlberg — whose many credits range from the award-winning “Band of Brothers” miniseries to the grisly “Saw” films, with series work including “Boomtown” in-between — tells us he has found himself happier as an actor on “Blue Bloods” than any other acting assignment before.