‘Blue Bloods’ Star Steve Schirripa’s Hilarious Breakdown of How Got Acting Career Started

by Megan Molseed

He has had a major career starring in some of our favorite shows from The Sopranos, The Secret Life of The American Teenager, and most recently Blue Bloods.

Surely, acting is something Blue Bloods star Steve Schirripa is meant to be doing. His characters are always intriguing, drawing us into the stories. But, how did Steve Schirripa get into the business of acting in the first place?

“I wasn’t a struggling actor, I had a full-time job,” notes Steve Schirripa of his pre-Sopranos days.

“I was an executive in Vegas,” the Blue Bloods star continues in an interview with Arthur Kade, sponsored by 3Chord Bourbon.

“Beleive it or not, I took a cut in pay for two seasons to go on the show,” Schirripa continues of his early acting days.

“I had a big house on an acre of land, two kids,” he adds. “I was forty years old. I’ve been dabbling in acting a hobby.”

Schirripa also notes that he enjoyed breaking into the business this way.

“There’s nothing better than going to audition and not giving a sh– whether you get the job or not,” he laughs.

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Schirripa went on to remember a time when he was auditioning for the popular television medical drama Chicago Hope.

“I go in to read for the role of a security guard. Three or four lines. Five lines,” Shcirripa recalls.

According to the actor, the people he was auditioning for on that day didn’t seem overly excited to greet him. And, the actor says, that didn’t bother him one bit.

“I cared but I didn’t care,” he says. “I was loose after that.”

Schirripa adds that his relaxed approach was always a benefit.

“I was forty years old, I did okay,” the actor says.

“I was very lucky,” he adds.

Shirripa also notes that being able to approach auditions without having to worry about the role being a necessary source of income made it easier for him to pursue his dreams.

The Blue Bloods star goes on to remember the moment he first decided to go for the role of Bobby ‘Bacala’ Baccalieri on the iconic HBO series The Sopranos.

According to Schirripa, when the showrunners called him to return, he wasn’t going to go back. It was Schirripa’s wife who convinced the actor to return.

The Blue Bloods star adds that it was the financial security he was already experiencing that allowed him to return for further readings.

“If I was a broke guy I wouldn’t have been able to afford to fly myself back,” Schirrpa says.

“And then when I did get the job the first season, it cost me 24 grand and I got paid 22,” the actor adds. “I had to pay my own way. Put myself in a hotel.”