Denise Borino Quinn, not for nothing, is one person every fan of the show, envies. On July 23, 2000, Denise and her friend were one of the 15000 people who descended upon the town of Harrison, New Jersey for the open casting call held by The Sopranos. She didn't have much hope that she'd be picked, and basically ended up there to support here friend and watch the antics of the crowd, who patiently waited in line for hours, hoping for a chance to score a role on the HBO show.. Denise got that call that everyone hoped for, and was cast as Johnny Sack's wife, Ginny. Recently married, I got to ask her a couple of questions.
When is your birthday?
Tell us a little about where you grew up and your background.
I grew up mostly in Roseland, New Jersey (though the first couple
Tell us a little about your educational background.
I went to West Essex Senior and Junior High School in North Caldwell
Tell us something that people don’t know about you?
I can be really shy at times and I’m extremely sensitive. My husband says
Are you of Italian decent?
You were one of those very, very special people picked at the open audition
Actually I had no intention of going to the open audition and that was only
What was it like to be there?
It was really a lot of fun! We met a lot of great people not just from the tri-state
How did you feel when you found out you had been picked?
I think I was in total shock when I got the call! I lot was going on right around then,
Did they pick you right off the bat or did you have to “audition” after being picked?
I had to audition which I thought was pretty cool but that’s probably because I had
Have you done any other acting jobs?
What types of roles on the show do you find the most challenging?
I think roles where you have a very intense moment; for instance when Johnny caught
What other unusual jobs, have you held in the past?
I don’t think any unless you count when I was sixteen and I worked at Burger King
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat named Harley who now lives with my parents in Roseland. But Luke and I have 3 Oscar fish (Whitie, Tiger and Tigger) and a Japanese Fighting Fish named Moby.
What acting role would you consider a dream come true?
I never really thought about it but I guess for someone to offer me a sitcom.
Do you use the internet?
What are your favorite websites?
NJ.com (need to get my North Jersey news now that I live in South Jersey)
Yours of course, I love to see where you’ve been and what’s going on
What is your favorite show?
Of course "The Sopranos" and all the "Law and Orders"
What hobbies do you pursue in your free time?
Free time, what’s that! Usually when I do have any down time, I love to cook and read.
If you were deserted on a desert island, and could only take on book with you and one music compact disk, what would your choices be?
Paradise City by Lorenzo Carcaterra and The Rising by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (love that CD to death)!
What Charities are you involved with?
Anything to do with Juvenile Diabetes – my youngest brother Vincent has been a diabetic since he was 5.
Whom do you credit with helping your career? (Or did you have a mentor?)
Definitely my mentor would have to be Vince Curatola he has helped me more than he possibly knows. He’s given me great advice and walked me through the process which has definitely been a lot of help and I love him for it!
What is in your future, besides winning the lottery?
Hopefully starting a family and just continuing to be happy with life.
What is the most important thing, you want to be remembered by?
I guess I want to be remembered for always being genuinely nice to people and being able to put a smile on their face. Just before my husband Luke’s sister Theresa passed away, Luke had brought me over to her house to meet her and Luke said he hadn’t seen his sister smile like that in months so for me knowing that I brought a little bit of happiness into his sister’s life means the world to me!
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