Edie Falco has been a fixture on television screens for nearly twenty years, always leaving an indelible impression on viewers with her powerful performances. Here, the four-time Emmy winner gives us an advance look at what we can expect from the sixth season of Showtime’s hit series, Nurse Jackie.
Can you take us from the very end of last season to where Nurse Jackie is now?
The decision—however unconscious—to take that pill at the end of last season, has led [Jackie] into a whole new slew of adventures in drug land this season.
You just want to scream at the TV, “Jackie, stop it!” But yet, we kind of want you to be bad.
It’s interesting. I guess people do a vicarious sort of thing with their character friends on TV. It’s like, let [the characters] do it so [the viewers] don’t have to. So, I am happy to participate in that way, if need be. But I guess I never really thought about that. People enjoy seeing her get screwed up, enjoy seeing her mixed up in the consequences of her actions, I think.
It does seem like there is so much at stake this season. How would you describe what’s going on for Jackie?
Well, what’s going on for Jackie is what goes on a number of years into addiction, where you have the chickens coming home to roost. It’s gonna catch up with you; there really is no alternative. The consequences never disappear. They may be repressed for a short period of time but, it’s gonna catch up to you. And that’s where she finds herself now. As her kids are growing up and growing older, her marriage is over. And things do start to fall apart.
Jackie has some dangerous addictions. But in the non‑dangerous indulgence category, what are your choices?
Popcorn. It’s a real problem. As much of a problem that popcorn can be. I kind of have an insane love for it. I chew a lot of gum. It used to be cigarettes way back and now it’s gum. It’s as maniacal as I get with anything; I can’t do anything in moderation, unfortunately. Which is why there is so little that I actually do. But when I do, I am pretty over the top. So, gum and popcorn—I am a cheap date.
Season six of Nurse Jackie premieres Sunday, April 13 at 9/8c on Showtime (Channel 545).