There was “tons of crying, a big party on set afterwards,” Edie Falco told Gold Derby’s Daniel Montgomery in the spring about shooting the series finale of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” (Watch their complete webchat below.) Now that she’s a nominee at the Screen Actors Guild for the final season, do you think she’ll win? Hurry — there’s a $100 Amazon gift certificate on the line for whoever does the best at predicting this year’s SAG Awards, so start predicting right now.
Falco continues her streak as the most popular performer in SAG Awards history, this year picking up her 22nd career nomination. She already has five trophies on her shelf for “The Sopranos,” but she has yet to win Best TV Comedy Actress for “Nurse Jackie” despite being nominated for all seven seasons plus a Comedy Series Ensemble bid in 2012.
At SAG, Falco faces off against Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“), Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black“), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“) and Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“). Might the fact that Falco’s show ended help push her over the edge with SAG voters? After all, her final victory for “The Sopranos” was for that series’ swan song in 2007.
In a lot of ways, the end of “Nurse Jackie” is different experience from when “The Sopranos” ended, “but the saying goodbye part feels the same,” she told Gold Derby. “It just feels kinda yucky. You’ve gotten to know these people really well … and then you say goodbye. It’s the nature of this business, but it’s never easy.”
“I’m very happy with the way it ends,” she remarked of the series finale. “There’s so much pressure about this ‘last episode syndrome’ about having to make it the most special thing, [but] it feels in keeping with the show throughout, and I couldn’t ask more than that. I’m very proud of it.”
She’s also proud of the way the show has tackled the subject of addiction, which has had an impact on her own life. “Just when you think things are great, they get bad. Or just when you think things are irreparable, they get good. It’s the nature of that kind of lifestyle … it sneaks up on you when you’re not paying attention. They say in AA that while you’re getting sober, your disease is outside the door doing push-ups.”
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“Nurse Jackie” photo credit: Showtime