Former “Blue Bloods” star Amy Carlson is making the best out of her days at home amid the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.
Amy Carlson, like many other New Yorkers, has been practicing social distancing alongside her little family for almost two weeks now.
Amy Carlson attends the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation 2016 Ridge Awards at Sheraton Times Square on May 19, 2016 in New York City | Photo: GettyImages
Amy, her long-time boyfriend Syd Butler, and their children Lyla and Nigel have been trying to maintain a sense of normalcy while staying at home following the recommendations from the WHO and the CDC.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AMY-STYLE
Amy has been dancing, exercising, drawing, reading, cooking, playing instruments, and doing puzzles with her kids to take full advantage of their unexpected family full-time at home.
Talking about her exit from the series, Amy confessed she too was disappointed by the way her character was written off the show.
Syd Butler and Amy Carlson at the "Make Equality Reality" Gala at Gotham Hall on October 30, 2017 in New York City | Photo: GettyImages
However, on Sunday, Amy and her brood adventured outside for a bit of fresh air. They went hiking but made sure to keep practicing social distancing on their little adventure.
Amy shared some pics from the short trip on Instagram. A selfie, with the mountains in the background, a pic of Syd and Lyla walking ahead in nature, and a lovely shot of her and Lyla posing cheek to cheek.
“Even though it got a little harrowing at the end when we overextended ourselves thinking just a wee bit further…"
She ended her note with a reflection about the unexpected things that happen in life, saying that: “Life always has drama in all shapes and forms, and so we embrace it and each other.”
RAISING FUNDS AMID THE CRISIS
As part of the “Save with Stories” campaign, Amy has been reading some children’s books to her over 40k followers on Instagram.
The goal of the campaign is for people to donate to these organizations so they can take care of the meals of 30 million kids across the country, who rely on the school to get their breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner.
With the donations, Save the Children, and No Kid Hungry “will support food banks, mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs with funds to do what they do best,” Amy explained in one of her posts.
They will also provide books, educational toys, and other academic tools to make sure “brains are full, as well as bellies.”
AMY’S EXIT FROM “BLUE BLOODS”
Although Amy is known for her work in series like “Third Watch” and “Another World,” her most recent role as Linda Reagan in the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods” gave her newfound popularity.
Linda was the wife of Detective Danny Reagan—played by Donnie Wahlberg—and after Amy decided to leave the series at the end of season seven, the character was killed at the start of season 8.
Amy Carlson at the "Make Equality Reality" Gala at Gotham Hall on October 30, 2017 in New York City | Photo: GettyImages
Fans found out Amy died in an off-screen helicopter accident—which was later revealed not to be an accident at all—and many were disappointed with the writers’ choice of sending off Linda.
Talking to Deadline about her exit from the series, Amy confessed she too was disappointed by the way her character was written off the show.
“I was surprised. I wouldn’t have done that,” Amy said of Linda’s demise. “I could’ve shown the death. I guess It would’ve been nice for the fans to see her demise, to be a participant in it.”
The fans’ response to Amy’s exit and Linda’s death was so overwhelming that she said she would be up for a guest spot in the series if it served to give everyone closure.
AMY’S FRIENDSHIP WITH DONNIE
When asked what she missed more about the show, Amy didn’t hesitate to say that it was working with Donnie Wahlberg.
They built a beautiful friendship during their time on the show, and he had nothing but kind words about Amy even after she left.
: Donnie Wahlberg and Amy Carlson attend the "Blue Bloods" 150th Episode Celebration at 92Y on March 27, 2017 in New York City. | Photo: GettyImages
“We had a lot of fun. We put a lot of work into those scenes, and we were both super committed to doing right by those characters.”
Three years after Amy’s exit from the show, Donnie is still not over it. Just last February, he told Country Living that he misses Amy on set every day and that his character is not over Linda’s passing yet.
Talking about the possibility of having Amy back on the show, Donnie said that maybe they could do a dream sequence where Danny sees her again.
Fans of “Blue Bloods” would certainly love that, but for now, “Blue Bloods” is amid the shows that have been put on pause amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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