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Edie Falco reveals her ‘real soul mate’ was her Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini

Edie Falco reveals her ‘real soul mate’ was Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini: ‘We were two kids playing in the sandbox, immersed in our imaginary world’


Edie Falco made a shocking admission on Monday when she named her ‘real soul mate.’

The blonde actress, 58, told the New Yorker that person was her Sopranos costar James Gandolfini, who died in 2013 from a heart attack. He was only 51-years-old at the time.

Edie and James played married couple Carmela and Tony Soprano who try to live a normal life in New Jersey despite his criminal career on the popular HBO series that aired from 1999 until 2007.

So close: Edie Falco made a shocking admission on Monday when she named her ‘real soul mate.’ The blonde actress told the New Yorker that person was her Sopranos costar James Gandolfini, who died in 2013 from a heart attack. He was only 51-years-old at the time. Seen in 2003

They had a deep bond: Edie and James played married couple Carmela and Tony Soprano who try to live a normal life in New Jersey despite his criminal career on the popular HBO series that aired from 1999 until 2007

They had a deep bond: Edie and James played married couple Carmela and Tony Soprano who try to live a normal life in New Jersey despite his criminal career on the popular HBO series that aired from 1999 until 2007

The Nurse Jackie actress said that he was not a typical Hollywood star as he did not have any false fronts. 

‘He was totally un-actor-y, and was incredibly self-deprecating, and he was a real soul mate in that regard,’ said the Brooklyn native.

‘We did not spend a lot of time talking about the scripts,’ Falco said. ‘It was like when you see two kids playing in the sandbox, completely immersed in their imaginary world. That’s what it felt like acting opposite Jim.’

Falco, whose last TV series was Tommy, explained they had the same upbringing and look on life. 

Unfussy: The Nurse Jackie actress said that he was not a typical Hollywood star as he did not have any false exterior. 'He was totally un-actor-y, and was incredibly self-deprecating, and he was a real soul mate in that regard,' said the Brooklyn native. Seen in 2000

Unfussy: The Nurse Jackie actress said that he was not a typical Hollywood star as he did not have any false exterior. ‘He was totally un-actor-y, and was incredibly self-deprecating, and he was a real soul mate in that regard,’ said the Brooklyn native. Seen in 2000

Their TV family: The stars on set with Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Their TV family: The stars on set with Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Just playing: 'We did not spend a lot of time talking about the scripts,' Falco said. 'It was like when you see two kids playing in the sandbox, completely immersed in their imaginary world. That's what it felt like acting opposite Jim'

Just playing: ‘We did not spend a lot of time talking about the scripts,’ Falco said. ‘It was like when you see two kids playing in the sandbox, completely immersed in their imaginary world. That’s what it felt like acting opposite Jim’

‘I don’t know how to explain this. We were just really regular middle-class, suburban kids that were never supposed to become famous actors,’ the beauty said.

‘My interpretation is that the whole time, he was, like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ ‘ she continued. 

‘I remember, when we got picked up for the second season, he said to me, ‘Yeah, well, I just have no idea what the hell we did, but we’ve got to try to do it again.’ And I said, ‘I hear you. I don’t know. We’ll figure something out.’

The series also starred starred Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Iler and Tony Sirico.

Edie admitted she is unable to watch old episodes of The Sopranos because she finds it too difficult to see her late co-star.

She said: ‘I tried. It was too upsetting. To see Jim, of course.’

A movie prequel to the series called The Many Saints of Newark was released on October 1. The film stars Gandolfini’s real-life son, Michael Gandolfini, as the young Tony. 

The son takes the spotlight: A movie prequel to the series called The Many Saints of Newark was released on October 1. The film stars Gandolfini’s real-life son, Michael Gandolfini, left, as the young Tony. Seen with Alessandra Nivola, right

The son takes the spotlight: A movie prequel to the series called The Many Saints of Newark was released on October 1. The film stars Gandolfini’s real-life son, Michael Gandolfini, left, as the young Tony. Seen with Alessandra Nivola, right

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