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Jamie-Lynn Sigler talks ‘The Sopranos,’ Lifetime’s ‘Neighbor in the Window’

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Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler will forever be associated with “The Sopranos,” thanks to her memorable portrayal of the complicated character Meadow, Tony and Carmela Soprano’s first-born child, during six seasons of HBO’s classic mob-drama.

You might be surprised to discover that Sigler hasn’t seen many episodes of “The Sopranos.” She explains why in an interview with The Maine Edge, in which she also discusses her latest project, “The Neighbor in the Window,” one of Lifetime network’s “ripped from the headlines” movies based upon actual events. It premiered on February 8 and is available now on demand.

In “Neighbor in the Window,” Sigler plays Karen, who moves to Seattle with her husband Scott (Geoff Gustafson) and settles in a neighborhood next door to Lisa, played by Jenn Lyon (TNT’s “Claws”).

Lisa and Karen click like old friends until Karen’s life is turned upside down by a series of increasingly bizarre events masterminded by her dangerously delusional neighbor.

This case of false victimization is based on the real-life story depicted in author Kathie Truitt’s book “False Victim,” and is a reminder of how it could happen to anyone.

“You take a real journey with this movie when you see how this happened to Karen,” Sigler says. “It’s always the stories that really happened that give us a lot to think about and this is one of those.”

The Maine Edge: You’re trying to start a new life in a new city, and your next-door neighbor is someone you like at first, until you find out how diabolical she really is. Have you ever had a real-life neighbor who seemed a little off?

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Of course, but I’ve never had a neighbor that made me fear for my safety. This is a movie where you ask yourself what you would do in this situation. More than that, it’s about Karen protecting her family and her life. Being a mother myself, I can definitely relate to that. This movie was fun to do, but it was also very challenging.

The Maine Edge: What was the most challenging part of shooting “Neighbor in the Window” for you?

Sigler: Because we filmed the story so out of sequence, I had to constantly keep track of where we were. I had to think about the things Lisa had done to Karen and also think about where she was emotionally in the story for each scene. I had to make sure to always have the timeline correct of what had already happened and what was still to come.

Movies are pretty much always shot out of sequence, but it can be especially challenging when you’re dealing with elevated drama like this. You have to stay on top of it for the audience, and for the story, when you’re involved with something like this where things escalate over time.

The Maine Edge: Lifetime posted an interesting article related to this film which outlines some key steps to take if something like this happens, including the careful documentation of each incident as they occur.

Sigler: That definitely applies to what my character had to do in the film. You can write certain behaviors off but if your instinct tells you something isn’t right you should document every detail you can just in case. Unfortunately, you don’t know how far it could go.

The Maine Edge: I read a recent interview with Edie Falco where she discussed her plan to finally sit down and watch “The Sopranos” from beginning to end, but finding it too painful to continue beyond two or three episodes. Do you relate to that?

Sigler: I completely relate. I haven’t watched it either. It’s personal for us and it’s hard to be objective. Personal memories and relationships are going to come up as you’re watching it, so I understand exactly what she’s saying. I’ve seen the first two episodes of each season, plus the finale, but that’s all.

The Maine Edge: James Gandolfini was universally beloved by the cast, crew, and audience for that show, and I know he was important to you. During downtime on the set, did you two have conversations about life or acting?

Sigler: Oh my gosh, so many conversations. Those are the ones I treasure, and they are some of the best memories of my life. He was a quiet man, but one who was always there for you.

The Maine Edge: You wrote a best-selling memoir in 2002 called “Wise Girl,” where you wrote about the real woman behind the character of Meadow. A lot has happened since then, have you considered a follow-up?

Sigler: (laughs) No, and it’s so crazy for me to think that I wrote a book at age 19 about what I had experienced in my life up to that point. There have been many different incarnations and intense experiences in my life, and I could write another book, but I share as much as I can, and I try to be a voice for people that don’t have one, but I’d like to keep the rest of my life private.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 06:48

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