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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Abigail Hawk attends the 2023 ADAPT Leadership Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on March 09, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)


Blue Bloods: Abigail Baker Is All Thanks To Tom Selleck
Det. Abigail Baker (Abigail Hawk) is Frank Reagan’s (Tom Selleck) most trusted ally and has become an integral part of the series despite not carrying the last name Reagan.
According to Hawk, her character only exists because of Tom Selleck, an acting veteran who was clearly invested in “Blue Bloods” far beyond his role.
Hawk told Starry Mag in 2021 that originally, her character was little more than a cardboard cutout, with no last name and no real identity beyond her relationship with Frank.
Hawk explained that it was Selleck’s idea to change her character's name from Melissa to Abigail “because he thought Melissa was too ordinary.”
She also said she took the name change as a compliment, and for the last name, Selleck himself cleared things through the legal department.
“He obviously thought it was very important for me to have a last name since I was a person on the show. So, they gave me a full-fledged identity and that was all him,” Hawk said.