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‘Sopranos’: James Gandolfini Was ‘Deeply Caring’ on Set, Jamie-Lynn Sigler Recalls

‘Sopranos’: James Gandolfini Was ‘Deeply Caring’ on Set, Jamie-Lynn Sigler Recalls

Sopranos star James Gandolfini was nothing but supportive on set, recalls his on-screen daughter Jamie-Lynn Sigler on a new podcast. The Sopranos was an instant hit for HBO when it debuted in 1999. It follows the story of Tony Soprano (Gandolfini), an Italian-American mobster in New Jersey. He navigates the challenges of balancing family life with his leadership in a criminal organization. Framed through therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi, the show delves into his struggles. Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential TV series of all time, The Sopranos is credited with ushering in the Second Golden Age of Television.

As Tony Soprano’s daughter Meadow, Jamie-Lynn Sigler made her TV debut as a teenager. Now, she reflects on her time working with Gandolfini on the acclaimed series. In an interview with Michael Rosenbaum on his Inside of You podcast (per Entertainment Weekly), the 42-year-old actress expressed her desire for a The Sopranos reunion. She hopes for one more episode to bring the team together again.

“I wish we could just do one week of filming right now, because of my awareness of the world and what that [show] was and what we were a part of… I just wish I could experience it, like one episode. Give me one episode right now,” she explained on the podcast. “Just drop me back in for a couple days.”

Jamie-Lynn Sigler Praised James Gandolfini’s On Set Professionalism

Of course, Sigler had nothing but praise for her on-screen father, Gandolfini. “Jim was the type of scene partner where it felt like he was there and his only intention was to make me as good as I could be,” she recounted. “And it had nothing to do with him. Every time I worked with him, I felt like his sole purpose was… ‘I’m going to help you give your best f—ing take, Jamie.’”

Additionally, she expressed that the actor’s vulnerability provided a sense of reassurance in her own artistic pursuits. “It had nothing to do with his confidence, ’cause [he] was actually not [confident],” Sigler recalled. “He would question himself. There would be moments where he’d be like, ‘I f—ing suck,’ but I appreciated that because I’ve had those thoughts but I didn’t say them out loud because I don’t want anybody to know that I think I suck. He was confident enough to say it out loud.”

The actress revealed she believes Gandolfini’s candid nature grew out of his fondness for the craft of acting. “I guess there was a confidence there, but I think it came more from him deeply caring,” she explained. “Deeply, deeply caring. He was an exceptional human being.”

In 2013, Gandolfini died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 51 while vacationing in Rome. The Sopranos can currently be streamed on Max.