What does a retired mob wife who may or may not be deceased do on a Saturday night? If you’re Edie Falco, who starred as Carmela, the character described above, on the beloved series The Sopranos, you hire a baby-sitter for 2-year-old son Anderson and head out for a night at the movies.
I caught up with the Emmy Award-winning actress Saturday at a private screening and dinner at the Bon Appetit Supper Club in Midtown Manhattan honoring Robert Redford’s new thought-provoking political drama, Lions for Lambs, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise. While Edie declined to comment on the film, she was a lot more forthcoming on why she’s popping up in a three-episode guest stint on 30 Rock, which scored this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
“I wanted to do it because Alec Baldwin is so funny and a comical genius. He and [show creator] Tina Fey both are,” she shared. Edie plays C.C., a democratic congresswoman who falls for network executive and staunch Republican Jack Donaghy, played by Alec. “I was thrilled to be trying that stuff because it couldn’t be more different than what I usually do.” Will there be any lip-locking with the funnyman? “I’m not saying, you’ll just have to watch,” Edie teased before adding, “I’ll just say, yes.”
Playing Alec Baldwin’s love interest? That should earn her another Emmy right there.
Look for Edie on 30 Rock beginning Thurs., Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.