Steve Schirippa, who rose to fame on The Sopranos, is currently starring on Blue Bloods. He can also be seen in his courtside seat at Madison Square Garden watching his beloved Knicks.
I caught up with Schirippa recently, and touched on that, plus his tomato sauce, Uncle Steve's.
How did you get involved in Blue Bloods?
"I got a call, they sent me a script. I thought the writing was great. I never really watched the show, to be honest, I was aware of it, but never really watched it. They offered me this role, I was happy to do it, they offered me another one, another one, another one, and I'm coming back this year. We return to work next week and I should do double the amount of episodes, last season I did eight, I plan on doing 16 of the 22. It's a great show., very popular, great acting, the writing is fantastic, and that's why it's been winning Friday nights six consecutive years. 13 million people are watching."
The closest character you work with is Bridget Moynahan's Erin Reagan. What's she like?
"she's great. From day one, we got along great, from the first scene we did together, I think she's great. A really, really good actress, and I've worked with a bunch of them, and she's as good as any of them. I really enjoy going to work, and working with her, we're shooting on the streets of New York, in Brooklyn, and it's been fantastic.I look forward to this season.
What about the rest of the cast?
I worked with Donnie Wahlberg once, I've met the other ones. I haven't even met everybody yet because don't forget, there's different storylines. Everybody thinks, you're on a show, you're all best of friends, like Tom Selleck, I met twice. He was great, but I haven't worked with him.
Wahberg was great, I love what he does on the show. Some of the guys, the crew, are from The Sopranos, so I knew some of them. The directors have been great. I couldn't be happier, happy to be a part of it.
You and Donnie get into it about sports, since he's a Boston guy and you're New York?
We talked a bit early in the year about the Knicks and Celtics. He's a die hard Celtic guy and that's good. The Knicks, I'm hoping, I'm cautiously optimistic.
You excited about Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and the other new Knicks?
I certainly am, we're going to be better. It could be great if everyone stays healthy, and (Jeff) Hornacek. It's really a new beginning, it could be great. I just hope these guys stay healthy, you know.
What do you think of Jeremy Lin going to the Nets?
They're trying to expand their fan base, I'll be politically correct. I'm not a Jeremy Lin fan. I think he's cocky and I don't like what he had become. I loved Linsanity, I was there for it. I was there the night with the Lakers. Incredible, incredible guy, which the Knicks needed at that time, but I don't like what he's become since then, and let's see what he's going to do with the Nets. It's great for them, but I think they're trying to expand their fan base. I think it's more than his play that they hired him for, let's put it that way.
They're also paying him an awful lot of money, man. I mean, I think $12 million a year, he's really a backup guard. You can't take away and deny Linsanity. It was a great moment in New York Knick history.