‘Blue Bloods’ Star Steve Schirripa Explained How Landing One of His Roles Was Like Winning the Lottery

by Leanne Stahulak

Though Steve Schirripa has become a series regular on “Blue Bloods,” it’s not the first big-time television role he’s taken on.

On the CBS hit crime show, Schirripa stars as Anthony Abetmarco, an investigator for the District Attorney’s office. But 15 years before he snagged the “Blue Bloods” role, Schirripa played a different Italian-American New Yorker on the smashing HBO success, “The Sopranos.”

Robert “Bobby Bacala” Baccalieri Jr. rose through the ranks of Tony Soprano’s mob to eventually become “Underboss.” It took seven years and 53 episodes, but during that time, Schirripa also made a name for himself as an actor, starring in TV’s best and biggest show.

In 2017, the “Blue Bloods” star sat down with Celebrity Page host Arthur Kade to talk about his evolution as an actor over the years. “So, Steve Schirripa, how does a kid from Brooklyn end up on one of the biggest shows of all time, making pasta sauces, and now on one of the biggest shows on television? Walk me through this,” Kade said.

“I don’t know,” Schirripa answered honestly. “Sometimes, you don’t take a step back to think about that, ’cause sometimes you’re looking for the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. But yeah, I’ve got very lucky to be part of all these projects, and I work very hard and I’m lucky.”

“And listen, I wasn’t really an actor before ‘The Sopranos.’ I was, but I had a day job, so to get on any show would’ve been incredible,” Schirripa continued. “But to get on that show was like hitting the lottery.”

See Schirripa’s full interview below:

‘Blue Bloods’ Actor Steve Schirripa on ‘Hitting the Lottery’ With ‘The Sopranos’

Before landing ‘The Sopranos’ gig, Schirripa mostly appeared as one-off characters in single episodes of a show. Or, he starred as background characters in various ’90s movies. But to become a series regular on a show with as much acclaim as ‘The Sopranos’ was a huge deal.

“It was like hitting the lottery, just to get on any show. You ask any actor, to become a series regular on any show is quite amazing,” the “Blue Bloods” actor said. “‘Cause there’s so many hoops you have to jump through.”

These hoops appeared for Schirripa on both “The Sopranos” and “Blue Bloods.”

“You gotta get the pilot, then the pilot has to go, and then, etc, etc, etc,” Schirripa explained. “So, to get on that show was just incredible. And then to be lucky enough to get on ‘Blue Bloods,’ which has been going for seven years, and blend in with that cast, which is fantastic, was just another great thing.”

Schirripa’s “Blue Bloods” co-star Bridget Moynahan agreed that he fit right in with the cast and the character on the show.

“He is, he’s great, you know. I was thrilled that they found me somebody that not only looked the part but really feels like the part,” Moynahan said in an interview. “And… he’s kind of dropped right into the role.”