I was ‘terrified’ working on ‘The Sopranos’

Almost a decade before he created “Hamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda had one blink and you’ll miss his part in The Sopranos.

Now the 42-year-old Tony winner opens up about his experience with the late James Gandolfini on the HBO mob series.

“He was never locked in that trailer,” Miranda said of Gandolfini in Judd Apatow’s new book. “Sicker in the Mind: More Talks of Life and Comedy.”

“He [Gandolfini] was just outside and people were talking to him,” Miranda added, noting the actor’s kindness.

Miranda secured the role of a bellboy in an episode for the show’s sixth season, which filmed back in 2007.

At the time he was a struggling young actor looking for leading roles.

Miranda played the unnamed bellboy in a 2007 episode "The sopranos."
Miranda played an unnamed bellboy in a 2007 episode of The Sopranos.
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“I’ve been to a lot of voice and acting auditions and the only thing I booked was ‘The Sopranos’ as a bellboy,” Miranda recalls in Apatow’s book. “I’m so green [new to the industry] You can see me looking down at my mark. Check it out if you get the chance because now people are saying, ‘Lin-Manuel’s cameo on The Sopranos!’ It wasn’t a cameo. I wasn’t even in the union.’”

Miranda said he was “afraid of anxiety” because of his tiny role on the show, but that Gandolfini helped calm his nerves.

“My only story about Gandolfini was that even though it was the end of the night, he stayed and played his side. He didn’t need to,” he said. “He stayed and did the scene for the frightened Puerto Rican kid in the bellboy outfit.”

Gandolfini (center) is seen on the set of his hit HBO mob drama.
Gandolfini (center) is seen on the set of his hit HBO mob drama. Miranda isn’t the only person who remembers the actor’s generous spirit on set.
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Miranda isn’t the only person who remembers the actor’s generous spirit on set.

According to last year’s book “Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Push for New Frontiers” After an HBO contract negotiation, he gifted each of his castmates $33,000.

After the 51-year-old Emmy winner untimely death in June 2013Co-star Steve Schirripa opened up about the actor’s good deed.

“As good as he was as an actor, he was a better guy. A generous guy. The guy gave us $33,000 each – 16 people,” the 64-year-old said in an interview with New York WFAN Radio Station in 2013. “In Season 4, he called all the regular cast members and gave us a check. He said, ‘Thank you for standing by me.’ It’s like buying a car for 16 people.”

Lin-Manel Miranda (left) reminisces about his experience with James Gandolfini (right) on an episode of "The sopranos" back in 2007.
Lin-Manel Miranda (left) recalls his experience working with James Gandolfini (right) on a 2007 episode of The Sopranos.
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