Edie Falco says James Gandolfini once halted 'The Sopranos' filming when he went into a "sugar coma"
The 58-year-old actress - who played Tony Soprano's wife Carmela in the classic crime drama - has opened up about what it was like to film meal scenes on set with her late co-star
4 December 2021
She told The Guardian newspaper: "We learned tricks so it looked like we were eating, but we weren’t. But Jim ate in every frigging take, and he ate between takes.
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"There was one scene we were shooting, where he was eating a bowl of ice-cream, and in every take he ate and would then re-fill the bowl, and then at one point, I realised he’s not really listening to me – he had gone into a sugar coma!
"We had to stop and shoot the rest of the scene another day. He was like a five-year-old: ‘The ice-cream is good, I like it!’ I was like, ‘You gotta stop, you’re gonna get sick!’ ”
Despite her character's culinary skills, Edie admitted she doesn't share the same passion for cooking.
She added: “Not even close. If you watch the scenes in the show where I’m supposed to be cooking, you’ll see the camera never showed my hands, because I have no idea how to do that.
"That food is not even the kinda stuff I eat. I was vegetarian on the show and I became vegan in the past 10 years.”
Meanwhile, Edie admitted she and her former co-star Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) struggle to watch the show back after James' death aged
51 eight years ago.
She said: "It was too fraught, and a big part of that is Jim. People die and you move on, then you see them on screen, and it is too shocking.
And Jimmy and I were kids then! "Neither of us knew what we were doing, but we worked in the same way, not preparing, but like kids in a sandbox. Aida and I watched a few episodes and I said, ‘This is killing me.' "