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Kathrine Narducci chat

 About Kathrine Narducci
Kathrine Narducci, who plays Charmaine Bucco, the wife of restaurant-owner Artie Bucco, on HBO's "The Sopranos," stars with Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini in the short, "A Whole New Day." Narducci has also appeared in "A Bronx Tale," "Witness for the Mob," "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue." This fall, she can be seen in "A Two Family House," which received the Audience Award for Dramatic Film at the2000 Sundance Film Festival. "A Whole New Day" opens the festival on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Senator Theatre.

Pauline, Baltimore: What role or part that you starred in did you enjoy the most and learn the most from?

Kathrine Narducci: "A Bronx Tale," it was the first movie I've ever done and Chazz Palminteri taught me everything I know. It was a great learning experience because I've never done anything before that.

Victoria, Takoma Park: Who is the most positive female character currently on TV?

Kathrine Narducci: Sarah Jessica Parker, believe it or not, because she goes through all the drama of a single woman and she makes you feel like you're not alone and you're not the only one going through it.

Amanda, Baltimore: Who are some of your dream leading men?

KN: I love Russell Crowe and -- don't laugh -- John Cusack.

Mickey, Canton: Who is the most eccentric person you have ever worked with?

KN: I haven't worked with anybody eccentric, thank God.

Carole, Brooklyn: How would you describe Charmaine Bucco to someone who'snever seen "The Sopranos?"

KN: I guess she's probably the most straight-laced person on the show and wants nothing to do with the Mob and she's very protective of her naive and loveable husband Artie Bucco because she's afraid that Tony Soprano wants to get him involved with the Mob.

Scott, Ellicott City: What is James Gandolfini like to work with?

KN: He is probably one of the most down to earth and giving actors that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He is also a very good friend.

Fred, Baltimore: On "The Sopranos" your accent seems very real. Is it? If not, how much practice did it take to perfect it?

KN: Yes, my accent is so thick, you could cut it with a knife because I was born and raised in a very Italian neighborhood. New York City, East Harlem, 116th Street, which was once known as Little Italy.

Bryan, Baltimore: How does the recent spate of dying "Sopranos" characters relate to thedesire for a fresh story line in the next season?

Norma, Baltimore: This is one of my favorite shows and I've been watching since day one. Will your role be expanded in the next season of "The Sopranos"? And, if so, in what way?

KN: You will be seeing the Buccos much more in the new season and we are not allowed to discuss, in fact, we're not even told where our characters are going as far as story line because David Chase doesn't want any plot lines revealed.

Glenn, Eugene, Ore.: How has your approach to acting changed since working on "The Sopranos," if it has at all, and what effect has working on the show had on the way you approach your craft? By the way, the party scene between you and Edie Falco is one of my favorites of the whole show.

KN: You learn to work at a quicker speed and you get more disciplined because you don't have as much time as you do in film, so you have to be very precise with the choices that you make and just stick with them.

Rob, Baltimore: Do you feel that "The Sopranos" perpetuates stereotypes about Italian-Americans?

KN: In some ways, but there are positive roles, such as Dr. Malfi, played by Lorraine Bracco and it's shown that education is important with the children.

Lynne, Washington, D.C.: Do you have the recipe for the arroncini Artie made during the first season?

KN: Not on me.

Maura, Towson: To win at Sundance, does that make you feel as if you've reached your full potential as an actress?

KN: It definitely got me to the half-way point. My next mission is to win an Academy Award.

George, Bowie: What role did you play on Law & Order? What was it like working on that show?

KN: Well, I've played a few roles, but playing Lorena Bobbitt was my most memorable. It certainly put a dent in my love life.

Bill, Perry Hall: How did you and James Gandolfini slip away from "The Sopranos" and become invovled in "A Whole New Day?

KN: We did it after the first season of "The Sopranos" so we didn't actually have to slip away. We had the time and James is very good friends with William Garcia who is the director and the role was written specifically for James.

Andree, Germantown: Is it difficult for Italian-American actresses to get good parts in un-Mafia-related (for lack of a better term) films or TV dramas?

KN: Yes, and that is my biggest battle in this business, but I managed to slip away from the typical role that I usually play in my film that will be released this October -- "Two-Family House," which, by the way, stars two other members of "The Sopranos," Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) and Michael Rispoli (Jackie Aprile) in the first season.

Henny, Dundalk: Do you visit Baltimore often? How do you like it here?

KN: No, this is my first time and so far, so good. I'm going to visit the Aquarium today.

Chrissy, Yuma, AZ: Are you working or planning to work on any other films in the future?

KN: Right now I am married to "The Sopranos" and when I have free time I want to venture into more films.

Michael, Randallstown: Do you have a role model who has helped guide your career?

KN: No, actually, it's been a long, hard struggle alone with the help of my agents.

Kevin, Baltimore: Did you envision "The Sopranos" reaching the level of success it has? And why do you think it has gotten so popular?

KN: From the first day that I received the script on the pilot a lot of the actors had their doubts about another Mafia show, but I knew that there was magic in the script because of the realness in the characters and it was not your stereotypical Mob portrayal because it showed the other side, the more human side of a Mob boss, a la Tony Soprano.

Denise, Baltimore: What do you see yourself doing now to advance your career? Are you going to try directing or writing?

KN: Well, I did write a screenplay and I am interested in bringing that to life and as far as advancing my career, I am still working my ass off in acting classes.

Harry, Austin, TX: What do you think of internet sites such as 'Ain't it Cool,' which preview and review movies while they're still in production?

KN: I'm so sorry, but I really don't know anything about those sites.

Tim, Baltimore: Huge "Sopranos" fan here! You appear (and have appeared) in very high profile TV dramas, such as "The Sopranos," "Law and Order," and "NYPD Blue." What attracts you to working in smaller independent films that have far less exposure than your TV vehicles, and which do you prefer?

KN: Well, you get a lot more freedom on independent films and everyone is there for the love of the film, not the dollar and you get to play roles that normally studios wouldn't even consider you for because they don't take as much risk as the independents.

Gregory, Maryland: Who do you consider to be the best women directors in the movie business?

KN: Well, I love Penny Marshall for her humor and I respect Jody Foster because she was a child star who managed to survive in this business as an adult, as well.

Sandra, Baltimore: Are you planning on attending an Orioles game this weekend?

KN: Yes, in fact, I am going tonight and I'm sitting behind homeplate with Cal Ripken's wife. These are some of the perks of being an actress.

Jessica, Ellicott City: What films are you looking forward to seeing at the festival?

KN: "The Acting Class," starring Jill Hennessy. I worked with her on "Law & Order." She is also a friend. Last night, I saw the Academy Award-winner "King Gimp." I highly recommend it. It's very inspirational and it gives you a whole new outlook on people with disabilities. Don't underestimate them.

Kathy, Severna Park: I like the glasses! Where did you get them?

KN: In the Village, New York City.

Lori, Baltimore: What are some pointers in helping a person such as myself become more exposed to film arts?

KN: Get out there and pound the pavement: head shots, acting classes, cattle calls.

Denise, Baltimore: Do you consider yourself more a comedy or dramatic actress? Which would you prefer to attempt next?

KN: Definitely comedy and I haven't had a chance to do that, but hopefully I will be getting it out of my system this summer because I will be doing a show with Michael Buscemi in the East Village.

Gennady, Baltimore: How did you decide to be an actress?

KN: Well, I was about 10 years old when I saw "Bye, Bye Birdie." It just blew me away, they were having so much fun. And also, "Funny Girl" with Barbra Streisand.

Ravi, Timonium: If you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what one book, CD and DVD would you take with you?

KN: CD, I would have to say Van Morrison, the whole collection. DVD, "It's a Wonderful Life" by Frances Capra. The one book, The Bible. It's the only thing that would save me and give me inspiration and I'm not a religious freak.

Marcus, Towson: How did you get your start? What was your first role?

KN: I got my start on an open call. Robert De Niro was looking for a nine-year-old boy to play his son in the movie, "A Bronx Tale." My son, Nicholas, was 9-years-old at the time and I took him and realized that they had an open call for the mother also. I asked the casting director if I can read for the role of the mom. She let me and the rest is history.

John, New York: What show will you be doing in the Village this summer? Where will it be?

KN: We're not sure on the theater, we're still working on that, but it will be a half-hour comedy performance. We will advertise it in Backstage.

Barney, Baltimore: Have you done any work with Stanley Tucci? You'd seem to be a natural with him -- especially considering your earlier comment about wanting to explore comedy -- he seems to have a great ear for comic/real dialogue.

KN: No, I never did, but I would love to. I love Stanley Tucci. I actually got a chance to meet him at the Emmys this year. He's great. I actually would love to do an over-the-top comedy with Jim Carey or Joan Cusack.

Kathy, Severna Park: Where in the Village? I'm going up to the city next week and would love to get a pair like those!

KN: There are tons of little novelty shops on St. Mark's Place. I'm sure you can find them there.

KN: It's been great.

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