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

Past but never forgotten.

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

In her recent interview with the New Yorker posted on Sunday, Falco, 58, revealed that she and Gandolfini had very similar personal lives.

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

“My interpretation is that he was saying, ‘What the hell is going on?’ “She continued.“ I remember when we were picked up for season two he said to me, ‘Yeah, well, I just have no idea what the hell we did, but we have to try again. ‘ And I said, ‘I hear you. I do not know. We’ll find out something. ‘ ”

James Gandolfini and Edie Falco in an episode of “The Sopranos”.Getty Images

The Nurse Jackie star added, “He was utterly non-acting and incredibly self-deprecating, and he was a true soul mate in that regard.”

“We didn’t spend a lot of time talking about the scripts,” said Falco. “It was like seeing two children playing in the sandpit, immersed in their imaginary world. This is what it felt like to act towards Jim [Gandolfini]. “

The Enough Said star tragically died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.

“The Sopranos” aired from 1999 to 2007 and followed Gandolfini’s character Tony Soprano, who explores life as a family man and 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 film about Tony’s young adults called “The Many Saints of Newark” hit theaters October 1 and on HBO Max. The film stars Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini as young Tony.

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