Edie Falco

  • Aired:  06/24/14
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Edie Falco chats about her role on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" and reflects on the motivations of her character in HBO's "The Sopranos." (6:15)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY. MY GUEST TONIGHTPLAYS A DRUG ADDICTED NURSE.

I WILL INTERVIEW HER PROVIDEDSHE CAN PASS MY URINE TEST.

PLEASE WELCOME EDIE FALCO!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

HEY! GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANKS FOR COMING ON.

WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU ON.

>> IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: WE'VE BEENWANTING TO HAVE YOU ON FOR A

LONG TIME.

FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW YOUWERE THE ONLY ACTRESS TO WIN AN

ENEMY IN BOTH THE DRAMATIC ANDCOMEDY CATEGORIES.

YOU WON THREE FOR, OBVIOUSLY,YOUR WORK AS CARMELA ON "THE

SOPRANOS."

AND ONE FOR YOUR CURRENTSHOW "NURSE JACKIE," ON

SHOWTIME, SEASON 6 FINALE ONSUNDAY AT 9:00 P.M.

YOUR CHARACTER IS ADDICTED TOPERCOCET, VICODIN, ADDERALL,

XANAX AND OXYCONTIN.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: HOW MUCH RESEARCHDID YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET READY

FOR THAT?

>> I TAKE MY WORK VERYSERIOUSLY, SO I'M, AS WE SPEAK,

DOING RESEARCH.

>> Stephen: OKAY, GOOD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

AFTER SIX YEARS OF PLAYING ANURSE, DO YOU EVER SAY TO

YOURSELF, "I COULD FAKE MY WAYTHROUGH A SHIFT?"

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD GO INTO AHOSPITAL AND KIND OF ( BLEEP )

FOR THE FIRST SIX HOURS.

>> NOT A CHANCE.

>> Stephen: JUST YELL THEWORD "STAT" A LOT.

>> NO, I GET MORE NERVOUS NOWTHAN I EVER DID AROUND SICKNESS

BECAUSE PEOPLE THINK I CAN DOSOMETHING.

I RUN IN THE OTHER AS QUICKLY ASPOSSIBLE.

>> Stephen: DO NURSES EVERCOME UP TO YOU AND SAY, "YEAH,

THAT FEELS RIGHT TO ME.

YOU GET IT RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT IT'S LIKE."

>> THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO TALKTO ME. THE ONES WHO DON'T

TALK TO ME DON'T FEEL THAT WAY.APPARENTLY THERE ARE NURSES

WHO FEEL OTHER THAN THAT, BUTTHEY'RE NOT COMING UP TO ME AND

FOR THAT I'M VERY GRATEFUL.

>> Stephen: IN SEASON 1, THESHOW WAS PROTESTED BY THE NEW

YORK STATE NURSE'S ASSOCIATIONBECAUSE YOUR CHARACTER "HAD NO

QUALMS ABOUT REPEATEDLYVIOLATING THE NURSING CODE OF

ETHICS."

DO THEY NOT KNOW HOW ACTINGWORKS?

>> I STAY SO FAR OUT OF THATSTUFF, YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

I ONLY HEAR ABOUT IT WHENSOMEBODY TELLS ME ABOUT IT.

IT'S NOT AN ARGUMENT I WANT TOGET INTO.

IT'S A STORY ABOUT A PRETENDLADY.

>> Stephen: IT IS A PRETENDLADY.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> A VERY NICE LADY.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

>> TROUBLED.

WHY DO YOU-- SOME WOULD SAYPRETEND. I LIKE TO

THINK OF ACTORS AS LIARS. WHY DOYOU LIE FOR A LIVING?

WHY ARE YOU AN ACTRESS?

>> WELL, I SPENT MANY YEARSPRACTICING THAT PARTICULAR SKILL

AS WELL, AS I AM RIGHT NOW.

( LAUGHTER )( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: NO, NO, I LIKE,THAT I LIKE THAT.

SO YOU'RE A LIAR.

>> A LITTLE BIT.

>> Stephen: AREN'T WE ALL,THOUGH?

>> KIND OF, RIGHT.

>> Stephen: IT'S LOVELY TOHAVE YOU HERE.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

>> I THINK THAT MIGHT HAVE BEENA LIE.

>> Stephen: NO, NOT AT ALL.

YOU HAVE BEEN VERY OPEN YOUHAVE-- YOU HAVE BEEN VERY OPEN

ABOUT YOUR OWN SOBRIETY ANDYOUR OWN RECOVERY.

IS PLAYING NURSE JACKIE, IS ITTEMPTING TO ABUSE AGAIN WHEN

YOU'RE PLAYING SOMEBODY WHO ISABUSING OR IS IT JUST A REMINDER

TO NEVER TOUCH IT AGAIN.

>> I'M LUCKY IN THAT IT'S THESECOND OF THOSE TWO THINGS.

IT MAKES ME SO GLAD THAT I'M NOTDOING ANYTHING LIKE THAT

ANYMORE.

YOU GET TO REMEMBER WHAT IT FELTLIKE TO BE ALL MIXED UP IN THAT

CHAOS AND THAT KIND OF POLLUTEDHEAD AND CONFUSED STATE ALL THE

TIME, WHERE IT'S SORT OF A WAYOF LIFE.

>> Stephen: SO IT ACTUALLYHELPS?

>> IT TOTALLY HELPS.

ABSOLUTELY.

I DON'T KNOW I COULD SAY IT'STHAT WAY FOR EVERYBODY, BUT IT

IS THAT WAY FOR ME.

>> Stephen: WHEN I'M DIETING,I LIKE TO BAKE FOR OTHER PEOPLE.

>> IT'S ALMOST LIKE THAT.

I KNOW A LOT OF SOBERBARTENDERS.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> I TOTALLY GET IT.

"DRINK THIS ONE.

DRINK THIS ONE.

IT'S REALLY GOOD."

>> Stephen: I LIKE TOSAY "WAS IT CRUNCHY?"

WHEN YOU PLAYED CARMELLA WHY DOYOU THINK SO MANY PEOPLE-- NURSE

JACKIE DOES NOT MAKE ADDICTIONLOOK GOOD.

SHE'S NOT LIKE KEITH RICHARDS.

SHE DOES NOT MAKE IT LOOK GOOD.

BUT CARMELA IS A BELOVEDMATRIARCH, ONE OF THE MOST

BELOVED OF ANY MATRIARCH IN A TVSHOW.

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE LOVEDHER SO MUCH WHEN SHE KNEW HER

HUSBAND WAS KILLING PEOPLE ANDDUMPING THEM IN THE RIVER AND

SHE DID NOTHING TO STOP TO THEM?

>> VERY COMPLICATED THAT.

I'M NOT THE WRITER, SO I DON'TREALLY KNOW.

SHE WAS DEVOTED TO THE THINGS AMOTHER SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO--

HER CHILDREN, HER HUSBAND, HERFAMILY-- AND WAS LIVING IN THIS

GIANT DENIAL HEAD ABOUT WHATWAS ACTUALLY GOING ON.

THAT'S AS MUCH AS I CAN EXPLAINIT FROM SORT OF AN

INTELLECTUAL BRAIN.

THE WHOLE THING MADE SENSE TO MEWHEN I WAS DOING IT.

I JUST THOUGHT SHE LOVED HERHUSBAND AND HER KIDS, THINKING

HE WORKS HARD, I DON'T KNOW HOW,BUT--

>> Stephen: HERE'S SOMETHINGTHAT MADE A LITTLE LESS SENSE,

THE ENDING OF THE SOPRANOS.

I HAVE A GUESS THAT NURSE JACKIEIS CARMELA IN THE WITNESS

PROTECTION PROGRAM.

AND SHE TAKES THE DRUG TOFORGET.

YOU CAN HAVE THAT ONE FOR FREE.

YOU TELL THE WRITERS.

>> GRATEFUL ISN'T A BIG ENOUGHWORD.

>> YOU WORK WITH PETA ALSO.

YOU'RE A VEGETARIAN.

>> I AM.

>> YOU WORK WITH PETA.

SPECIFICALLY, YOU URGED PARENTSTO KEEP THEIR CHILDREN AWAY FROM

THE CIRCUS BECAUSE OF THE USE OFANIMALS FOR THE CIRCUS.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU FEELABOUT GUYS TAKING SELFIES WITH

TIGERS?

>> THAT'S A ROUGH ONE, YOU KNOW.

IT DEPENDS ON HOW INTO IT THETIGERS WERE.

>> Stephen: EDIE, THANK YOUSO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>> Stephen: EDIE FALCO, NURSEJACKIE ON SHOWTIME,

THIS SUNDAY AT 9. WE'LL BERIGHT BACK.

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