Edie Falco on What She Does to Prepare for a Role

“Whatever preparation I do, it takes place on a level that I’m not entirely intellectually aware of.” – on

Getting into a character’s mind can be a very challenging thing. What makes that particular character tick? What does he or she like or dislike? What does the character believe in? Pretty much everything you’d need to know to at least fill out a dating profile.

While much of that research is very conscious (particularly if the character is based on a real-life individual), according to four-time Emmy Award winning actress Edie Falco while speaking to Vanity Fair about how to “make it” in acting, sometimes the process takes you to unexpected places… quite literally!

Speaking about preparing for a role, the Oz, Sopranos, and Nurse Jackie actress says:

“The more lines, the greater the preparation. I mean, it’s kind of disgusting, but whatever preparation I do, it takes place on a level that I’m not entirely intellectually aware of. I do something, I find myself reading certain books, or stepping in certain stores, and I think, ‘Gosh, what am I doing here?’ And I find out later on, ‘I think that’s because of the movie I was working on or whatever.’ I can’t push myself around as far as that stuff is concerned, it’s always been a very subterranean process for me.”

More: Edie Falco on Her Career, Roles and Creating a Character

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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