Edie Falco could not have been lovelier last night during the “Nurse Jackie” panel sesh that I moderated at at TV Acad headquarters in North Hollywood.
Falco was warm and approachable during the pre-panel reception, and on stage she was a moderator’s dream – expressive but not a ball hog. And she has great, great legs. They’re hidden under Jackie’s scrubs on the show, but trust me folks, they’re sculpted and not one ounce of fat anywhere.
It was a large panel but everyone chimed in to make for a lively conversation after the screening of the season two opener which bows March 22. On stage were exec producers Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius and Richie Jackson, plus co-stars Dominic Fumusa, Paul Schulze, Merritt Wever, Peter Facinelli, Stephen Wallem and Anna Deavere Smith.
Among the interesting points La Falco brought up was how much she enjoys the collaborative spirit between scribes and thesps on the Lionsgate TV/Showtime series, and how much she enjoys being in the heart of the action on the show – both in front of and behind the camera.
Falco admitted that at times she felt like her gig on “The Sopranos” was “a part-time job” because there were so many scenes and segs that she wasn’t in.
Most fun for me was watching the first seg with the cast members in the green room as we waited to go on. Most of them had not seen the finished product and they were all quite generous with one another about their perfs. True to his character of the arrogant young doctor Cooper, Facinelli was a bit of a clown, but in a sweet way. Fumusa was just as nice as could be. And Schulze and Falco are clearly longtime pals who greatly respect each other (don’t forget Schulze was the amorous Father Phil in “Sopranos”).
Best moment: Watching Falco do her best soulful singalong with the great Dionne Warwick tune “I Say a Little Prayer for You” that runs over the opening moments of the seg.
Burt Bacharach would have been impressed.
— Cynthia Littleton
(Pictured above from left: Peter Facinelli, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze, Edie Falco, Dominic Fumusa, Anna Deavere Smith and Stephen Wallem. Photo by Mathew Imaging.)