eddie falco Hillary Clinton plays in “Impeachment: The American Crime Story,” which explores the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton scandal of 1998. But she sees no reason why former first lady Must watch FX miniseries.
“He doesn’t have to see the show. He lived it,” Falco says. “I mean, what is she going to say? ‘God, they really got it.’ (Laughs.) You know what I mean? I’m sure he has better things to do. With all due respect to Ryan (Murphy, an executive producer) and all the hard work that went into this show With that, I don’t think she’s going to learn anything about the chapter she went through.”
“Impeachment” Details Explosive Sex Scandal Through the Approach of Whistleblower Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) and Lewinsky (Benny Feldstein), a White House intern who was 22 when her relationship with the President (Clive Owen) began. After a brief appearance at the miniseries premiere last month, Falco’s Hilary finally gets more screen time in Tuesday’s episode (10 EDT/PDT), in which Bill warns his wife about the impending media circus and the relationship. Goes on national TV to deny. (The 10-episode run ends on November 9, and will stream on Netflix next year.)
Falco, 58, is best known for her Emmy-winning roles as the mob wife carmella soprano Pill-popping Jackie Peyton in HBO’s “The Sopranos” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” actress, who currently acts in “morning sun” Off-Broadway tells USA Today about the “panic and excitement” of playing one of politics’ most polarizing figures:
Q: A lot of people feel very protective of Hillary, especially since the 2016 election. Did you have any fear of going into this project?
Eddie Falco: Absolutely. I am one of those people who feel protective of him. I have a lot of respect for him and was not at all interested in copying. I just thought, “I’d really like to honor her inner life,” or at least an interpretation of her, and tell the story of who she was in this whole big event.
Q: Your co-stars Sarah Paulson and Clive Owen wear heavy prosthetics. Has the hair and makeup team ever thought of anything like this for you?
Falco: He did little. But we were dealing with time constraints, just with COVID. At some point, I even thought, “Maybe that’s not what I’m interested in doing.” I don’t necessarily want (people) to say, “Oh, my gosh, you look just like him!” I think this is missing. After the first few minutes of being like, “Oh, she (Hillary) looks or doesn’t look like that,” I hope you get past that and then you’re watching the story. To be honest, playing real people is not my favorite thing because people are comparing you.
Q: Have you ever met Hillary?
Falco: I have. I don’t know if she will ever talk to me again. After saying “yes” to it, it’s hard to justify it on some level. It’s kind of a weird thing because I feel protective of her and I can’t imagine what it must have been like to go through these things, period, but to go through them in public. I almost felt like, “Get everyone else out of the way, I’m going to take care of that. I don’t want anyone else to do that.” I’m a bit of a control freak like that, so I thought, “I want to give her as much respect and understanding as I can get as an actress.”
Q: In the years following the scandal, a lot of people called Hillary “weak” To stand with her husband. Donald Trump even called him a “Enabler.” Did working on the show give you a deeper understanding of Hillary, or why she might have been with Bill?
Falco: There’s the script and then I have my own personal feelings about the whole thing. I don’t know, I come from a different world than her. Her religion seems to be a huge part of her life. I have my own spirituality, but she’s not messing around. I think his religious community gives him tremendous strength and always has. That’s my understanding.
Besides, she’s always loved him, and that’s a real thing. I think he actually took (his) vows very seriously. She vowed to be with this man ’till they die. This is my guess, I could be completely wrong. But I think they all added (something) – it made sense for him to be with her. And as far as Donald Trump has said, please. I can’t. That’s all I have to say about this. Wasted airspace.
Q: Looking at your work with James Gandolfini on “The Sopranos,” is it real to see his son, Michael, “The Many Saints of Newark?” Play the role of Tony Soprano in
Falco: It is really remarkable. To me, they feel very different as people. But Michael, he really gets it. They got voice, face and mannerisms. I think if Jim saw this performance he would be mad right now. beyond thrill.
NS: Do you have a favorite memory of James bringing Michael to the “Sopranos” set?
Falco: I remember when Jim told me that[his first wife, Marci Woodarski]was pregnant. He was like, “Oh my god, I’m gonna be a father!” Then Michael was born and I saw this little kid on set. I had one memory in particular: Michael was teeny, and we were all in the hair and makeup trailer. Jim asked the man with the hair, “Would you mind giving him a quick haircut?” And Jim sat down on the chair and took Michael on his lap. And Michael was not in it. He was screaming and Jim was trying to calm him down. It was very lovely and very gym. Everyone has memories of their kids’ first haircut. I just happened to be present for him.