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Edie Falco on 'Sopranos' finale


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(CNN) -- It's been a rough year for the Soprano family. In particular, Tony and Carmela Soprano -- the mom and pop of "The Sopranos," played by James Gandolfini and Edie Falco -- separated after Carmela tired of Tony's affairs.

Moreover, Tony has had to cope with a federal informant close to his mob ranks (she, apparently, was taken care of), a cousin trying to go straight after getting out of the slammer, never-ending conflicts with the New York clan across the Hudson River -- and long, strange dreams.

It all gets resolved -- all right, some of it may get resolved -- this Sunday on the conclusion of HBO's "The Sopranos." (HBO, like CNN, is a division of Time Warner.) Edie Falco dropped by CNN's "American Morning" to talk about the show with Soledad O'Brien.

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, "AMERICAN MORNING" ANCHOR: She is the woman behind the head of television's most powerful crime family. But truth be told, season five of "The Sopranos," which concludes on Sunday night, has been an exercise in independence for Carmela Soprano. [Today,] we were thrilled to be joined by the award-winning actress, Edie Falco. And I asked her point blank to just go ahead and tell us what happens, how does the season end.

EDIE FALCO, ACTRESS, "THE SOPRANOS": Well, it starts out ...

O'BRIEN: Reveal all!

FALCO: I can't remember, to be honest with you. We shot it a long time ago.

O'BRIEN: Does it feel weird to have the season over? I mean, you have a long time now before you have to go back to work.

FALCO: Yeah, it does feel weird. It's too much time and it's not enough time, you know?

O'BRIEN: Good weird?

FALCO: Yes, definitely good weird. For an actor to have time off and know you have a job coming up, yes, it's great.

O'BRIEN: So what you do you do in between? You just hang out at home, eat Bon-Bons, sit in bed?

FALCO: Theoretically, yes.

O'BRIEN: What do you do? What do you do?

FALCO: ... I vacationed and had taken some time off and had a great time. But I think I'm going to do a play in the fall, which I miss when too much time goes by.

O'BRIEN: Which do you like better? Because, of course, you've done other plays. And very successfully, I might add. [Falco earned raves for her performance in a revival of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune."]

FALCO: Thank you. I love them both. They're completely different. They're completely different. If I do one for too long, I definitely miss the other one.

O'BRIEN: So this thing with Carmela, you know, it's interesting, because you see Carmela Soprano kicks out Tony. Everyone said steps towards independence. Now apparently [she's] back in. So what is the moral?

FALCO: Well, the moral is whatever script you get as an actor you have to act out in front of cameras.

O'BRIEN: No? You don't have a say at all?

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The Soprano family: Carmela (Falco), Meadow (Jamie-Lynn DiScala), Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) and Tony (James Gandolfini).

FALCO: I'm sure I could if I felt that was my place. But, you know, David Chase and the writers have an idea, an overall idea about this show that I am not -- not that I'm not privy to but, you know, they have a bigger plan.

O'BRIEN: You're in the character's head. So what does it mean? You know, what do we take from that, that Carmela ...

FALCO: I've had to justify for six years living with a guy who kills people for a living. So, believe me, this makes as much sense as anything else she's had to deal with. So I can make it work.

O'BRIEN: Next season is the last season, isn't it?

FALCO: Yeah, it is.

O'BRIEN: How does that feel?

FALCO: It makes me very sad because it's been a tremendous ride. And I also feel like it's the perfect time for it to end. Hopefully, people will still be enthusiastic about it. I have a lot of respect for someone who wants to walk away from something while it's still in its heyday, I suppose.

And if he said we're going to do another 10 years, I'd be thrilled about that.

O'BRIEN: So give me a sense. What can you tell me about the finale? What can you reveal? What happens to some characters?

Come on. Just a little. We won't tell anybody right here on "American Morning."

FALCO: Not a thing.

O'BRIEN: Really?

FALCO: I actually was trying to come up with something even as a joke.

O'BRIEN: Really?

FALCO: I am so well trained by this organization.

O'BRIEN: I read that you don't even tell your mom.

FALCO: Not even my mom.

O'BRIEN: Was your mom -- [do] your family members hit you up for information?

FALCO: Constantly. You would think after all these years they would know. But ...

O'BRIEN: Mothers never quit.

FALCO: No. It's adorable, too. She does what you did. So what is going to happen on this?


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