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Right Acting

The “Sopranos” star Michael Imperioli is a Buddhist, not a bad guy.

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After taking refuge in December 2008 and developing a daily meditation practice, Michael Imperioli, best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on the HBO hit series “The Sopranos,” is applying what he’s learned from Buddhism to his acting. Earlier this year, Tricycle sat down with Imperioli at the magazine’s offices in New York City, where he spoke about mindfulness on stage, the impermanence of fame, and how Buddhism has changed him as a person.


I went to the Lee Strasburg Institute, which teaches an approach to acting that originated with Stanislavski in the Moscow Art Theatre. The first thing you do when you start to study is, you sit in a chair and try to become aware of your body and your muscles, releasing all tension.

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