- “Sopranos” star Steve Schirripa told Insider that he was afraid of getting typecast as a mobster.
- “Let’s not kid ourselves. I’m a big guy, I have a raspy voice,” the actor said in a new interview.
- Schirripa said he was grateful for the chance to play other roles on shows like “Blue Bloods.”
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“The Sopranos” star Steve Schirripa opened up about his worries of being typecast in a new interview with Insider.
Schirripa played Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on the hit HBO crime drama for five seasons, and explained that it was his first ever acting job.
“When I first started on ‘The Sopranos,’ I had no career… I was dabbling in acting, it was more like a hobby,” Schirripa told Insider while promoting his new partnership with Sir Kensington’s.
While he was grateful for the chance to play Bobby for such a long run on the iconic show (“It was that or nothing”), Schirripa said he was glad to move further away from “mob stuff” with later projects – he went on to play a suburban dad opposite Shailene Woodley on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and more recently, a detective on “Blue Bloods.”
“I got away from that,” the actor said of his role as the train-loving mobster on “The Sopranos.”
“[But] let’s not kid ourselves. I’m a big guy. I have a raspy voice. I’m not going to play an English professor,” Schirripa added. “I’ve made a living for 21 years as an actor and I’ve been very lucky.”
Still, Schirripa is happy to play the part of the enforcer when the opportunity arises – like in his new brand activation with Sir Kensington’s. The actor recently partnered with the condiment company to help “protect” their 9-foot (2.74m) Midtown Manhattan billboard from curious passerby, sharing videos of himself on Instagram guarding the advertisement that was gradually “devoured” bit by bit over a few weeks.
In addition to his new role as billboard enforcer, Schirripa is currently starring as detective Anthony Abetemarco on the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods.” He also cohosts a podcast with fellow “Sopranos” costar Michael Imperioli (who played Christopher Moltisanti) called “Talking Sopranos,” on which the actors dissect the HBO drama episode by episode.