Why Donnie Hassett From Blue Bloods Looks (And Sounds) So Familiar
In the mid-2000s, Mark Deklin started showing up on network TV shows for extended stints rather than just one or two episodes like at the start of his career. Between 2006 and 2007, for example, he played a recurring role in the Fox drama “Justice.” Then, in 2010, he was a key character in five episodes of another Fox drama titled “Lone Star.” In 2012, he landed what was at that point his most sizable role to date, as Blake Reilly in the ABC dramedy “GCB.”
Leslie Bibb stars in “GCB” as Amanda Vaughn, a woman who moves back to her childhood hometown of Highland Park, Texas, during a downturn in her life. There she becomes intertwined with some of her former high school classmates, including her rival and successful businessperson Cricket Caruth-Reilly (Miriam Shor). Cricket is married to Blake, who hides the fact that he’s gay from the general public while maintaining an arrangement with Cricket that allows him to see men casually and in secret.
“The thing about Blake is that he’s not tortured,” Deklin said of his character in an interview with author Soraya Vogt. “This is the choice he’s made. This is the arrangement that he and his wife have. They both know what’s going on, and they’re both cool with it.”