Follansbee native to appear on ‘Blue Bloods’

FOLLANSBEE – A Follansbee native will appear on tonight’s episode of “Blue Bloods,” the latest of her many appearances on television and on stage.

The show, which will air at 10 p.m. on KDKA-TV and WTRF-TV, involves an Irish-American family all involved in law enforcement.

It’s shot in New York City, where Dana Cuomo, daughter of Frank and Sharon Cuomo of Follansbee, lives and works as an actress.

The 1992 Brooke High School graduate also has appeared in “Desparate Housewives,” “CSI: New York,” “CSI: Miami,” “Gossip Girl” and “My Name is Earl,” among many other series.

For the episode of “Blue Bloods,” she plays a woman who seeks the help of Donnie Wahlberg’s police detective character after her husband is arrested. She said working with Wahlberg was fun because as a teen she was a big fan of New Kids on the Block, the singing group of which Wahlberg was a member in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

Cuomo said actors in one-hour television shows put in many hours a day while shooting but Wahlberg was energetic throughout the filming.

She added, “He could not have been nicer. He’s just really professional.”

Asked if she worked with or met Tom Selleck, who plays the family’s patriarch, she said, “Everyone has asked me that, but no, unfortunately.”

Cuomo also had a small role on “Days of Our Lives,” which she said, “was like a dream come true because I grew up watching it.”

She said the work of soap opera actors is challenging because they tape many episodes in a day and have many lines to learn.

But that’s not a major problem for Cuomo, who appeared in “Bad Dates,” a 95-minute one-woman play that ran for five weeks at the Good Theater in Portland, Maine, in 2011.

“I love theater because it involves so much and it’s live. It keeps you on your toes,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said like many starting actresses she’s paying her dues by appearing in a number of commercials. Viewers may have seen her in a Net10 Wireless commercial in which she and another actor play the parents of a young girl pressuring them to switch wireless plans.

Internet surfers also can find Cuomo and a friend in “Wake Up, It’s Tuesday,” an online series that parodies live morning talk shows in the vein of “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The series, which features characters created by Cuomo and Adam Kulbersh and James Van Der Beek and Matthew Lillard and others as real-life guests, can be found at

When not acting, Cuomo works as a private acting coach for teens.

“I love teaching,” said Cuomo, whose mother is a retired Brooke County schools English teacher.

She began teaching acting to teens at a school in Los Angeles while living and acting there.

“I moved to the East Coast so I could be closer to my family,” she said.

Cuomo’s father and brother, Frank and Jason, are local attorneys, and she earned a law degree at West Virginia University after studying broadcasting at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

But acting has always been her dream, said Cuomo, who recalled writing skits for her and her friends to perform as a child.

“It was always something I wanted to do,” she said.

Cuomo said her family always has supported her and wants to know whenever she is appearing on television, in films or in a play.

Asked about future goals, she said starring in a television series offers some security, and it would be fun to appear in a dramedy, a genre that mixes drama and comedy and has become popular through such shows as “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.”

Her interest in both drama and comedy is revealed through her list of favorite actors, including Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and Tom Hanks.