‘Sopranos’ co-star James Gandolfini was my ‘soul mate’



Gone, but never, ever forgotten.

Edie Falco looked back on her time as Carmela Soprano on HBO’s iconic mob drama “The Sopranos,” and her late co-star and on-screen husband, James Gandolfini, who she affectionately called her acting “soul mate.”

In her recent interview with The New Yorker published on Sunday, Falco, 58, revealed she and Gandolfini had very similar home lives.

“I don’t know how to explain this. We were just really regular middle-class, suburban kids that were never supposed to become famous actors,” the Emmy winner said.

“My interpretation is that the whole time, he was, like, ‘What the hell is going on?,’” she continued. “I remember, when we got picked up for the second season, he said to me, ‘Yeah, well, I just have no idea what the hell we did, but we’ve got to try to do it again.’ And I said, ‘I hear you. I don’t know. We’ll figure something out.’” 

Gandolfini and Falco in character during a season 3 episode of "The Sopranos."
Gandolfini and Falco in character during an episode of “The Sopranos.”
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The “Nurse Jackie” star added, “He was totally un-actor-y, and was incredibly self-deprecating, and he was a real soul mate in that regard.”

“We did not spend a lot of time talking about the scripts,” Falco said. “It was like when you see two kids playing in the sandbox, completely immersed in their imaginary world. That’s what it felt like acting opposite Jim [Gandolfini].”

The “Enough Said” star tragically died in 2013 from a heart attack.

“The Sopranos” aired from 1999 until 2007 and followed Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano as he deals with life as a family man and as the leader of New Jersey’s criminal underworld. The series was created by David Chase and also starred Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Iler, Tony Sirico, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Lorraine Bracco.

A prequel movie featuring Tony’s young adult years, entitled, “The Many Saints of Newark” dropped on Oct. 1. The film also stars Gandolfini’s son, Michael, as a young Tony.


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