Edie Falco

  • Aired:  04/11/13
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Edie Falco remembers her brief transitional period between "The Sopranos" and "Nurse Jackie." (6:25)

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[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT EMMY

AWARD WINNING ACTOR CURRENTLY

STARRING OFF BROADWAY IN THE

MADRID.

"NURSE JACKIE" IS RETURNING FOR

THE FIFFEN SEASON ON SUNDAY.

>> WE'RE GOING TO FINISH

CONVERSATION.

>> AND WHAT IS THIS CONVERSATION

ABOUT?

>> DR. ROMAN HAS HAD EVERY BUMP

IN THE ROAD SMOOTHED OVER

BECAUSE SHE'S --

>> HOT.

>> EXPECTING IT.

NEXT TIME SHE'S NOT COVERING

SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING.

>> I DID.

>> AND BACK IT UP.

>> NICE OF HIM TO REMEMBER.

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW EDIE FALCO.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

EDIE FALCO IS HERE.

I LOVE EDIE FALCO.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> Jon: BEFORE WE GO, TAKING

IT BACK PEOPLE ARE NOT

ACCUSTOMED TO SEEING YOU IN A

MORE CHESTNUT -- THIS IS FOR THE

OFF BROADWAY.

>> FOR THE MADRID, YEAH, THE

PLAY I'M DOING.

>> Jon: HOW MUCH LONGER ARE

YOU DOING THAT?

>> THROUGH MAY 5.

>> Jon: IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

EDIE FALCO LIVE ON STAGE YOU

HAVE A PROBLEM.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NURSE JACKIE WHEN WE LEFT OFF

YOU WERE NOT ON DRUGS ANYMORE?

>> LET ME SEE: NO.

AH, NO.

>> Jon: HAVE YOU SEEN THE

PROGRAM?

>> I HAVE NOT SEEN THE PROGRAM.

I CAN'T AFFORD SHOWTIME.

>> Jon: THOSE CABLE PACKAGES

WILL KILL YOU.

[LAUGHTER]

WHICH MAKES ME WONDER IS THIS

NEW SEASON JUST A WELL ADJUSTED

NURSE WHO IS REALLY GOOD AT HER

JOB?

BECAUSE THE COMPLEXITY OF THIS

PERSON WHO IS SO GOOD AT WHAT

THEY DO YET HAS SUCH A DIFFICULT

TIME IN THEIR LIFE THAT TENSION

IS COMPELLING, IF I MAY.

>> THANK YOU, FIRST OF ALL.

SECOND OF ALL, I THINK A COMPLEX

PERSON WHO USES DRUGS IS STILL A

COMPLEX PERSON WHEN THEY DON'T

USE DRUGS.

>> Jon: YOU ARE SAYING THERE'S

A WAKE EVEN WHEN NOT USING

DRUGS.

>> THINGS REGULAR PEOPLE TAKE

FOR GRANTED ARE DIFFICULT

BECAUSE SHE HAS TO DO IT IN A

WAY IN WHICH SHE'S PRESENT.

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU

SOMETHING?

>> PLEASE DO.

>> Jon: YOU JUST DREW ME IN.

>> ONE VIEWER!

>> Jon: STOP IT.

I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THIS

BECAUSE FOR SO MANY ACTORS, THE

IDEA OF HAVING A DEFINING ROLE

FOR THEIR CAREER IS ONE OF THE

MOST FORTUNATE THINGS THAT CAN

HAPPEN TO AN ACTOR.

IT'S VERY UNUSUAL TO HAVE

SOMEBODY HAVE A DEFINING RULE

LIKE YOU HAD IN THE SOPRANOS AND

TO MOVE ALMOST SEEMLESSLY INTO

ANOTHER REALLY DEFINING ROLE IN

THIS SHOW AS WELL.

WAS THAT -- IS THAT A DIFFICULT

TRANSITION TO MAKE.

IS THERE A REASON WHY SO MANY

ACTORS HAVE DIFFICULTY MAKING

THAT TRANSITION?

IS IT SOMETHING YOU THOUGHT

ABOUT CONSCIOUSLY TO TRY AND DO.

>> I THOUGHT ABOUT VERY LITTLE

CONSCIOUSLY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

LET'S START THERE I'M AFRAID TO

TALK ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: I GET THAT.

>> IT'S THE TREMENDOUS GOOD

FORTUNE OF I HAVE OF BEING ABLE

TO HAVE HAD A CAREER LIKE THIS

AND LIVE IN NEW YORK.

WHEN I GET OUT OF HERE, I'M

GOING TO GET ARRESTED, THAT KIND

OF FEELING.

ALL I HAD TO GO BY WAS SOMETHING

I HOPED WOULD INTEREST ME BEYOND

SOPRANOS.

SOPRANOS OFFICE IS FULFILLING ON

SO MANY LEVELS I KNEW TRYING TO

FIND SOMETHING THAT WOULD KEEP

ME EXCITED WOULD BE CHALLENGE

ENOUGH.

WHEN I READ THE FIRST SCRIPT OF

NURSE JACKIE I SAID LET'S SEE

WHERE THIS GOES.

>> Jon: HOW LONG WAS THE

DECOMPRESSION PROCESS FOR YOU

AFTER SOPRANOS BEFORE YOU COULD

SEE A SCRIPT AGAIN?

HOW LONG DID YOU GIVE YOURSELF?

>> THREE HOURS.

>> Jon: THE INSECURITY OF THE

ACTING LIFE.

>> YOU DON'T KNOW.

AT THE WRAP PARTY I WAS READING

NEW STUFF.

I READ A LOT OF STUFF RIGHT AWAY

BECAUSE I LIKE TO WORK.

I DIDN'T LIKE ANYTHING FOR SO

LONG I THOUGHT MAYBE I'M DONE.

MAYBE I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING

ELSE NOW.

AND I THINK IT'S JUST THERE

WEREN'T A LOT OF GOOD THINGS

UNTIL I READ THIS.

THIS WAS CALLED "NURSE MONA" AT

THE TIME.

>> Jon: WHO WOULD WATCH THAT?

>> FIRST THING WE DID CHANGE THE

NAME.

AND IT WAS MUCH DARKER.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A PLACE, A

CHARACTER THAT I WOULD LIKE TO

EXPLORE.

>> Jon: GETTING BACK TO THE

THEATER THAT FEEDS ANOTHER --

>> I'M LUCKY I GET TO DO ALL OF

THESE THINGS.

I STARTED DOING THEATER ON LONG

ISLAND AND IT WAS THE FIRST

THING THAT EXCITED ME.

IT'S VERY, VERY HARD WORK.

>> Jon: YES.

>> AND IT REMINDS ME THAT THIS

IS HARD WORK AND I'M LUCKY TO

HAVE A CAREER IN THIS BUSINESS.

>> Jon: DO THE PALS FROM THE

ISLAND COME IN WHEN YOU ARE ON

BROADWAY.

IT'S IN YOUR HOMETOWN.

THEY SAY WHEN ATHLETES WHEN THEY

GO BACK TO THE TOWN THEY GREW UP

IN EVERYBODY COMES IT'S A LOT OF

PRESSURE, DO YOU HAVE THAT?

>> WELL, I LEAVE THE THEATER SO

QUICKLY AFTERWARDS I HAVE NO

IDEA WHO IS AT THE PLAY.

>> Jon: NEVER GAVE ME YOUR

E-MAIL ADDRESS.

FALCO I'LL BE THERE --

>> YOU ARE A BIT OF A SITTING

DUCK.

ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE.

THERE'S PEOPLE I DON'T RECOGNIZE

OR REMEMBER WHICH IS ANOTHER

STORY.

ANYBODY CAN COME SEE THE PLAY.

>> Jon: IT'S TREMENDOUS.

YOUR TREMENDOUS.

WE LOVE WATCHING YOU WORK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: SHOWTIME THING SEASON

FIVE SUNDAY NIGHT.

>> SUNDAY NIGHT.

>> Jon: THE MADRID RUNS FIVE

WEEKS.

>> I GET A NAP AND I'LL READ

SCRIPTS AROUND MAY 10.

>> Jon: SOUNDS PERFECT.

THE MADRID, NEW SEASON OF NURSE

JACKIE SUNDAY.

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