It has been almost ten years since the screen went black, but the appeal of “The Sopranos” has not faded with time.

Throughout the series' run, Kathrine Narducci played Charmaine Bucco, a longtime friend and high school flame of Tony Soprano.

“Basically, from the first script, I knew who she was, so it was very fun. It was the best show I've ever been on, so I got to work with the best people. All of my co-stars and I got along very well, we all looked out for each other,” she said.

Narducci will appear with her former cast mates Vincent Pastore and Tony Sirico for “Shut Up And Eat!—A  Dinner with The Sopranos,” a special after-hours event January 28 at the Monroeville Home Show. The event includes an Italian buffet dinner, meet and greet with the stars, live music and more.

Narducci credits David Chase's fresh approach to the mob genre and the show's strong writing as the key to its enduring popularity.


“The excellent writing was something that had never been seen before: this flip-sided coin of a mobster, getting to see what was going on in his mind through therapy created a real person and not a caricature of a mob guy. Instead, it was a real person, a walking and talking three-dimensional character. It's a team, an ensemble, but that main character is what grew the popularity of the show.”

While events like this allow her to celebrate the series, the prolific actress is always looking forward to new and challenging projects.

Narducci, who made her feature film debut in “A Bronx Tale” appears opposite Robert DeNiro once again in the highly-anticipated HBO film “The Wizard of Lies,” playing Eleanor Squillari, Madoff's secretary of over two decades.

“That was my third time working with DeNiro. That was incredible because I got to work with one of my all-time favorite directors, Barry Levinson.”

“That was the first time I ever got to play a real character, a real person. It was interesting doing the research on that. I love the Bernie Madoff story as a movie—the story's heartbreaking, what he did was horrible, but I think this is going to be a real big hit for HBO. DeNiro is hitting it out of the ballpark with this one. He embodied that character through and through. Michelle Pfeiffer as Ruth Madoff is incredible.”

Embodying a real person presented a fresh challenge for the actress.

“I got to use my own imagination and create things that worked for me, but there was less of it because I had a foundation character, a real person, to work off of. I watched tapes of her and watched her interviews to pick up, just getting little things of her. I'm not doing an imitation, but getting an essence of her and filtering it through me.”

While the adage of “Never meet your heroes” has proven itself at times for many, Narducci found working with Levinson to be entirely positive.


“He was very easy going. I worked with Clint Eastwood on 'Jersey Boys,' and I thought he was easygoing—I mean, he doesn't even call action or cut. Barry Levinson is very chill, and he and DeNiro have such a good, beautiful, long relationship that it manifested onto the rest of the crew, it manifested onto the rest of the actors, it manifested through the whole set. It was a very comfortable, trusting working atmosphere. He lets the actors do what they want, and if he doesn't like something or thinks he can get something else, he's very easy-going about it.

His son Sam was there, too. He also wrote some of the script, and he's a doll. He's also a great filmmaker like his father.”

In addition to acting, Narducci also paints and sculpts, and has had multiple exhibitions over the years.


“I had my first exhibition in 2007, but I've been painting and sculpting for many years. Now I have a show coming up in Manhattan on February 11, 12 and 13. Now we're just trying to figure out, out of all my paintings, which ones we're going to use because it's a group show.”

“I was scared to do my first solo show in LA because you're really exposing yourself—you can't blame it on a writer or a director because it's all you. When I saw that the show was successful, and people liked it, I just kind of went with it. I don't really push it; I just let it happen. I'm an actor first, so that's just something that I enjoy. With acting, I don't have control of; the painting and sculpting, I have total control.”

Looking for another new experience, Narducci wrote and directed the short film, “Dante's World” in 2011.

“There was only one actor in the film, and it was all done in one location. It was fun. I just wanted to see what it would be like to be on the other side of the camera. I did that for a learning experience, and I learned a lot. That was for me just another form of art, like my painting or anything else.”

Robert D. Siegel's upcoming “Cruise” sees Narducci performing with her “Dante's World” star, Gino Cafarelli, as well as Emily Ratajkowski and Spencer Boldman in the late-80s-set coming-of-age drama.

Narducci also recently wrapped a year-and-a-half run on the Starz series “Power.” which saw her playing the recurring role of DA Frankie Lavarro.

“It was great because I got to play a DA, which is not the typical roles that they like giving me. I like doing something different.”

“I also just finished another short film, 'Bricklayers Poet.' That's another beautiful short film, and I'm going to try to get that into festivals and try to turn it into a full feature.”