40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos
Lorraine Bracco was offered Carmela, but she wanted Melfi
Bracco has never been a stranger to playing the “mob girlfriend” type. As Karen Hill in Goodfellas, she cornered the market on that type of role. So, inevitably, it led to her being typecast. She also felt, after Goodfellas, that she couldn’t do anything new or better with that type of role so why try again? When The Sopranos came around, she didn’t want to play another “mob wife” — she wanted the juicer role of Dr. Melfi. Bracco has said that it was difficult to play Melfi, though, since she is so reserved and repressed which is starkly opposite from the loud, explosive personality the actress has!