Michael Gandolfini is revealing how stepping into his father's shoes helped him to get through the tough "grieving process."
When his father, James Gandolfini, died in June 2013, the then-14-year-old hardly knew how to process the shocking death. Sadly enough, the Gandolfini family was vacationing in Rome at the time of the 51-year-old's ill-fated heart attack.
In the days after James' passing, a friend suggested to Michael that he take acting classes as a form of therapy, according to an interview with Esquire. Michael shares, "From the first day, I fell in love with it. It actually started my grieving process with my dad."
But as opportunities started arising, including a role in The Deuce, he found himself faced with a "difficult" decision. David Chase revealed he was planning on making a film about Tony Soprano's younger years, a role that Michael would be well-suited for. But there was a slight dilemma—Michael says he had never even seen the show before auditioning.