Edie Falco starred as James Gandolfini’s wife for six seasons in the popular HBO series The Sopranos. She’s now speaking out about her late friend, who passed away in Italy this week during a trip with his son due to a possible heart attack.
During the show, Falco and Gandolfini played Tony and Carmela Soprano, a power couple who practically ran the mob in New Jersey while raising their two kids. The show became an instant classic and its popularity has never gone away since the last season ended in 2007.
“I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words,” Falco wrote in a statement to ABC News. “I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family.”
It’s always been noted how welcoming Gandolfini was on The Sopranos set. His on-screen romance with Edie Falco was a television couple for the record books, and his dedication as an actor made all the difference both on and off the camera.
“As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together,” she added. “The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.”
There aren’t too many people who are familiar with the historical show that would disagree with Falco. Her portrayal as a wife of a mob boss created a connection with viewers across the nation who had nothing to do with crime or anything else related to the show.
She played a proud mother and wife who would do anything for her family, which relates to the majority of parents around the world. Her role will never be forgotten, nor will James Gandolfini’s as The Sopranos quickly became one of the best written series in all of television history.
Do you agree that Edie Falco played an essential role in the popular HBO series next to James Gandolfini?
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