Thursday 25 December 2014

50-year-old Edie sings praises of her post-'Sopranos' career

Rachael Alexander

Published 16/05/2014 | 02:30

Edie Falco says she was as ‘heartbroken as everybody else’ that her ‘Nurse Jackie’ character ‘took that pill at the end of the (last) season’. But she adds that’s the way addiction really is
Edie Falco says she was as ‘heartbroken as everybody else’ that her ‘Nurse Jackie’ character ‘took that pill at the end of the (last) season’. But she adds that’s the way addiction really is
Actress Edie Falco recorded three Emmy wins playing mob wife Carmela on HBOs The Sopranos

THEY say that hitting 50 is the kiss of death for Hollywood careers, but for Edie Falco, life could not be any better.

"It continues to get better and more rewarding and fuller and more confident and all these things that I kind of never realised how much I had longed for until I had them," Falco said in a recent interview.

"I feel like it's an ideal time to, I don't know, to be me."

Falco, who has won four Emmys and two Golden Globes, said her main focus is now on her children, Anderson (9) and Macy (6).

The actress has battled her demons along the way and is a recovering alcoholic but has been off the booze for two decades.

After six seasons of playing mob wife Carmela on HBO's 'The Sopranos', Falco now plays Jackie Peyton, an ER nurse addicted to prescription drugs, on the popular 'Nurse Jackie'.

"I was as heartbroken as everybody else that she took that pill at the end of the (last) season," she said.

"I'm also grateful that we're portraying it (addiction) the way it really is, which is irrational and so often disappointing."

She is happy to admit that portraying Jackie's downward spiral has been helpful to her recovery.

"If it's anything, it's therapeutic," she said.

"Rather than making me want to (relapse) it makes me even more solidly planted.

"And also just reminds me, thank God, I'm not there. I'm not going through this. I'm not waking up the morning after anymore."

Irish Independent

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