In a recent interview with MovieJunk, Stephanie Kurtzuba, who plays Captain Paula McNichols, spoke about an incident that made her realize how passionate “Blue Bloods” viewers are about the show: “I was walking down the street … and someone was like ‘Hey, Captain McNichols,’ and I was like, that’s wild … I’m not a regular [on the show]. I show up quite a bit, but it’s not like I’m on every single week. So people recognizing secondary characters just walking down the street, it’s kind of cool.”
She has a point, too. In total, Kurtzuba’s character appeared in only eight episodes across four seasons of “Blue Bloods” so far, most of them in Season 13. Seeing as it’s a show that has spawned over a dozen seasons and hundreds of episodes, it’s quite remarkable for a fan to recognize the actress as Captain McNichols, especially considering that Kurtzuba has also appeared in high-budget, blockbuster productions like Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Irishman,” where she had arguably more memorable roles.
On the other hand, people tend to get obsessed with their favorite series to the point of knowing obscure pieces of trivia about them, and when it comes to police procedurals, “Blue Bloods” wouldn’t be the only cop show with fans who are in too deep.