Edie Falco: The Queen of Cable


Friday, March 15, 2013

If we’re living in a "golden age" of television, Edie Falco is its queen. After working for years on network shows, she made the jump to HBO to play a troubled prison guard on Oz, then crossed over to the other side of the law as the matriarch of America’s most famous mafia family in The Sopranos. Now Falco finds herself on the other premium television powerhouse, Showtime, playing the title character in Nurse Jackie: a headstrong presence in the emergency room whose personal life is a mess.

The Emmy Award-winning actress thrives portraying troubled, conflicted, and hard-headed women. “I tend to find out what it is about Nurse Jackie or anyone that other people understand,” she tells Kurt Andersen. “At the root at all the stuff I do, you want everyone to feel like they’re not alone.”

Falco has taken on the role of yet another troubled woman recently, this one on stage in The Madrid. She plays Martha, a happily married mother and kindergarten teacher who walks out on her family and students to live alone in a shabby hotel. The actress stands by Martha’s motivations, but was surprised to find audiences hate her character. “The mother leaving a family is the last bastion,” she tells Kurt. “People are not willing to sympathize. It’s been a real learning experience for me.”

Despite the negative reactions, Falco remains undeterred. “I go to material that moves me. For the few people she does reach, it’s all worth it.”

The Madrid is running at the Manhattan Theatre Club through May 5, 2013.


Edie Falco's 3 for 360

    Music Playlist
  • Night Nurse
    Artist: Carolyn Rodriguez
    Album: Night Nurse - Single
    Label: Silent Giant
    Purchase: Amazon


Edie Falco

Produced by:

Sean Rameswaram

Comments [2]

Jenny from Studio 360

Hi Trish --
The song you heard at the end of the segment is "Night Nurse" by Carolyn Rodriguez (from the album "Night Nurse"). You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008WU0FQE/

Mar. 16 2013 10:45 PM
Trish from Brooklyn

What was that fantastic song that played after the Edie Falco interview?

Mar. 16 2013 05:12 PM

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