Edie Falco won't rule out "Sopranos" movie

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By Leslie Bruce

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With three Emmys already to her credit, Edie Falco is a television powerhouse. Celebrating her eighth nomination this year for her work as Jackie Peyton in the Showtime original comedy series "Nurse Jackie," Falco proves she's the queen of the small screen and she's here to stay.

Falco opens up to The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Bruce about preparing for this character, spending less time in the makeup chair and the possibility of a "Sopranos" movie.

The Hollywood Reporter: Congratulations on yet another nomination. How will representing "Nurse Jackie" at the Emmys be a different experience than you've had in the past?

Edie Falco: With "The Sopranos," I knew these people for 10 years, so it really was just a chance to hang out with longtime friends. I've only worked with the "Jackie" crowd for a few years. We work together for a few months, and then we're off for a few months. We don't know each other as well. This is the first time we get to do something like this as a group. More awards coverage.

THR: Jackie is a raw, no-frills woman. What is it like to play someone who is such a polar opposite of Carmela Soprano?

Falco: They couldn't be more different, and I love it. It's thrilling to run the gamut as far as characters are concerned. Jackie is someone I hadn't explored before. Luckily, there's still plenty more to discover, and it's a luxury many actors don't get. With a TV series, you get to be this person over a long period of time. I've grown very fond of series acting for that reason. And I do love that I'm spending less time in hair and makeup. It's a bit more comfortable.

THR: While preparing to be a no-nonsense emergency room nurse, what kind of research did you do?

Falco: I went to Bellevue and spent time in their ER. It was intense, you learn a lot in a short period of time. I was very taken with how calm everyone is, because you see these television shows where doctors are running around the ER, but that's not really the case. These professionals remain calm in the face of chaos. They go about their business as if it's run-of-the-mill. For the rest of us, it's shocking, but for them it's just another day at the office.   Continued...