Exclusive Interview: Aida Turturro, from 'The Sopranos'
Exclusive Interview: Aida Turturro, from 'The Sopranos'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Aida Turturro played Tony's sister Janice on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. Yesterday she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series as one of the 15 nominations the show received for its final season. She spoke with BuddyTV about how she heard about the nomination, her thoughts on her fellow cast members, and what she thought about the infamous blackout at the end of the finale.

Below you will find both the written transcript and the full mp3 audio of the interview

Hi, this is John fron BuddyTV and today we are talking with one of the starts of The Sopranos, Aida Turturro, who yesterday received one of the show's 15 Emmy nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Hi Aida, and congratulations.

Hello John, it's great to be talking to you today.

Great to talk to you. I imagine yesterday was quite an exciting day for you, how did you first hear the news that you were nominated for an Emmy?

Actually Angela Tarantino, from HBO, she's actually a friend of mine as well, but she called me up and I was like, “Hey. ‘Hi Aid.' Oh well, did Sopranos get nominated?” and she was like, “Yeah, and you” and I was like, “Oh cool we got nominated” and she was like, “No, you got nominated” and I was like, “Yeah, yeah your kidding, your joking right?” So I didn't actually believe her at first, I thought she was pulling my leg. It was fun, it was cool, the phone call was a nice way to start the day.

I would imagine. Have you spoken with any of the other cast members yet about the nominations?

I've tried, I actually talked to Michael [Imperioli], cause he got nominated he called me and we've been playing a little phone tag, I talked to Jamie-Lynn [Sigler], actually James [Gandolfini] was so sweet he just sent me flowers. I tried to get to the other people, but I'm in the middle of phone tag right now, Edie [Falco] was on the plane, so today is my second up with everybody. But yeah, Lorraine [Bracco] left me a message, so I'm trying to call her back but its really exciting.

Speaking of Lorraine Bracco, also nominated in the same category, is that unusual or awkward if one of you wins and the other doesn't?

I'm not awkward about it, I mean I don't even think it's unusual. But I'm fine about it because, I don't really look at winning, it's not like who's up against you, so I just look at it like its really nice to be nominated and I'm appreciative of it and I just think its nice. I mean whoever else is up against you, it's fine, if anything I'd rather have people from my show just because the fact that its all in the family and we get more recognition for the show so its great. I'm not uncomfortable about that, we're not usually like that we're pretty easy going at our job.

This is actually your second nomination, your first was six years ago, what's it like taking six years off and then getting another one?

I don't know, I guess I don't really, it was... the first time was special because I guess it's the first time and it was also, when I think of the first time, it has a lot of memories for me because my dad came with me and really exciting and he was so proud of me and he's not alive today. So i got a little sentimental when I found out of course I wanted to call my daddy who's passed since then, so in that way it brings back a lot of memories. But I didn't think I was going to get nominated but its nice I guess because its the second time, it makes you feel like, “Oh wow I'm... really acknowledged”, its kind of a nice thing, you know.

Obviously the show is done, it hasn't been gone for that long although you probably finished filming quite awhile ago...

A few months, not too many we actually kind of almost came onto when it was already on the air, so it's just been a few months.

"Sharon Angela, Aida Turturro, Edie Falco, Maureen Van Zandt"Do you miss the show already?

Oh yeah, I always miss the people, I guess because I know we're not going back. Like, whenever you end it and take a hiatus, of course you know your going to see them. But knowing that's its over its sad but you know we do charities together, a lot of us are friends, like Edie is out here where I live in the country we saw each other last week and went to dinner the week before, and Jamie's going to come out here and we do things together so its still like we always get to see each, other but of course were sad about the ending of it because its really has been a true family and really great people. Everyone's down to earth, everyone's really kind and welcoming to all our friends and there's no egos, there's no like Jesus stuff going on, it's a great bunch of people.

There have been funny rumors around like a movie in the future…

I don't know, I thought maybe you could give me the information.

I was hoping you knew something.

I would say its really up to David, David Chase. I don't even think if you asked him, I don't know what he'd say, I don't know, I guess we're all in the dark. I mean maybe it will happen, maybe it won't, but of course I would love it to happen just because it would be cool doing a film with everybody, you know.

Since I have you on the phone, I do have to ask you what is your take on the infamous ending of the final episode?

I don't know about that, that's like… I think it's really open to people's interpretations. I thought it was brilliant, I thought David wowed us all. At first I think a lot of people were like, “Oh my god, how could he do that, what's going on?” But I think as it set in, they saw the intelligence and just the boldness of his choices. And people were talking about it for weeks later, and do I exactly know what happened? No, I don't think so, i don't think anybody does, maybe David could really tell us. I just think it really leads you to think about it and there's a lot of open choices and people have their different views, but I just thought it was a brilliant ending and the last episode, I thought it was so well done, I was really proud of David not only writing it but directing it. And it was such an honor for me to work with him as a director as well.

And now with The Sopranos behind you, do you have any upcoming film or television projects?

You know its only been a few months, and thank God I'm taking the summer off. I'm really enjoying my dog and my friends, but actually I start, by the end of the summer, early in the fall, I'm going to do Broadway, I'm going go and do Chicago.

That should be exciting

Yeah, I'm looking forward to it, it should be new, I'm going to be singing. I have to work on that, it should b exciting

OK well thank you very much fro talking with us

Sure my pleasure, maybe I'll run into you in Seattle

Perhaps you will, thanks you very much and congratulations and good luck at the Emmys.

Thank you.

-Interview conducted by John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of HBO)