By Audrey Ward and Rachel Graf Evans
Photo by Joseph V. Labolito
Temple Theaters was thrilled to wecome luminary stage, film, and television actress Edie Falco to campus! In conversation with TFMA Professor Marcus Giamatti, Ms. Falco shared her wisdom and experiences across her many years in the entertainment industry.
Ms. Falco is likely best known for her work as Carmela Soprano on the long-running, award-winning HBO series The Sopranos, and as the title character on the medical drama Nurse Jackie. Additional notable credits include playing Celeste Cunningham on 30 Rock opposite Alec Baldwin, and Leslie Abramson in The Menendez Murders. On Broadway, she has appeared in Side Man and in the revivals of 'night Mother, Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, and The House of Blue Leaves.
Falco became involved in acting at a young age, when she would attend her mother’s rehearsals for local, community theater productions. Falco would eventually perform in these productions, and continued to act through high school.
Ms. Falco received her BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase. Falco spoke to Temple Theaters students about how her experiences in school helped her create relationships with fellow artists and cultivate a belief in herself that she still carries with her in her work today. "All you have to draw from," Falco opines, "is the person that you are."
Falco remarked on her career, both in college and professionally, and noted that her passion has always been her most consistent source of motivation.
“I just love this thing that we do. As I grow up, my passion for it only gets stronger... people say to put it out into the universe, and there is something to that."
We were thrilled to have her her! So much gratitude to Marcus Giamatti and Temple Theaters for arranging this amazing opportunity for our students. Upcoming, Ms. Falco will be seen in both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, as well as the title character in the highly-anticipated series, Tommy, which premieres February 6, 2020.