As the fifth season of Blue Bloods wraps up with its season finale, Tom Selleck recalls his start into the industry and how thankful he has become for having parents that always pushed him to take big risks. The 70-year-old Blue Bloods star owes it all to his parents for providing him with the courage to get up and try new things. They taught him from a very young age that in order to get the most out of life, a person must not be afraid to take chances and to make mistakes. People who do not take chances and go against the grain, are the same people who no one remembers after they are gone.
During Selleck’s healthy career in front of the camera, he is mostly known for his portrayal of the character Thomas in the television show Magnum PI. His role in the hit series earned him the Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the Golden Globes. He was also awarded five times at the People’s Choice Awards and acquired an Emmy Award, along with numerous other nominations for his talent as an actor.
Selleck also has a very extensive list of great classic films that he starred in during his long career that everyone knows and loves, like Three Men and a Baby or An Innocent Man. Selleck, the Blue Bloods actor, says how thankful he is for his parents pushing him to take risks in life and instilling in him important morals and values as a young boy. He could not even imagine the type of person he would have turned out to be, or the type of life he would have been living.
The Blue Bloods cast member says that because of his love for playing sports while he was growing up, the mentality he gained from learning how to perform well under pressure was his key to sustaining longevity in a career that is so unpredictable and for some, very short-lived. It was not until Selleck was finishing up his last semester of business school at the University of Southern California (USC) that things began to change.
The year was 1967, and Selleck was training for a management position with United Airlines. The only experience he had when it came to acting was a couple of commercials that he had under his belt along with an appearance on The Dating Game. He remembers having absolutely no acting experience for something as serious as a play, but to his surprise, his initial big break happened when he decided to join the 20th Century New Talent Program.
After being gone from the television-acting scene for a bit, Selleck is happy to be back on primetime TV, starring in his latest hit series Blue Bloods, thankful to his parents every day for the push they gave him to always take a risk. He says that the experience working on the show is quite pleasant compared to other circumstances that he has withstood. The actor said that when it comes to all the actors on a show, sometimes people just do not mix very well, so tensions and awkwardness can make the set a little uncomfortable and the job a little less enjoyable. According to Selleck, Blue Bloods is definitely not that type of scenario. Everyone genuinely likes everyone else and work is a really fun atmosphere to actually have to go to everyday.
Opinion By Kameron Hadley
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