Apr 9th 2018 by Breros • 22 Questions • 31 Points
Hey, Michael Imperioli here. Ask me anything! I just released my first novel and it’s out now! “The Perfume Burned His Eyes” (http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/the-perfume-burned-his-eyes/).
You can also catch me with Zach Braff in the new comedy series “Alex Inc.” Wednesday’s at 8:30PM/7:30PMc on ABC.
On your tour, what city did you get into the MOST shenanigans in? What were they?
- How often do people misgender you?
- Have you experienced any hazing? Sexual harassment?
- Have you developed any valuable friendships?
- How old were you when you decided you wanted to join the military? Why did you?
*Thank you for posting this, I can already see you enduring a lot of terrible comments here. You are very thick-skinned to endure that with the positivity you have.
I've always wanted to know... how much fun did you and Tony Sirico have while doing "Pine Barrens"? I can't imagine you two not bursting out laughing at some points while shooting that episode.
We definitely got into a lot of shenanigans in Denver, when we went to Casa Bonita: the cliff diving Mexican restaurant that everyone told us to go to but not to eat at. We had a blast breaking the law and trespassing in Bloomington, Indiana, trying to go out to the quarries where Breaking Away was shot. And we had a blast going to Houston's oldest gay friendly night club, Numbers, when we were there for the Come and Take it Festival.
- Not often, honestly.
- At first, before we had equal opportunity protections, I received a lot of undue scrutiny. Since the 2016 policy change, it's been a lot better.
- Absolutely. Both with my fellow transgender service members and with the other women in my unit.
- My dad was in the Air Force, so it was always kind of a thing. And why did I? Because college didn't work out and I needed a career.
we are good friends and had a ton of laughs, especially when bacala shows up in the orange hunting hat
Hey Spider! Two questions: 1) As you can tell I love Goodfellas so I have to ask, how was it working with Martin Scorsese? 2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had since even before the Goodfella days that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?
We did make it out to the Quarries! We walked past a ton of no trespassing signs and then one hand written sign that said, "Sklars Get Out Of Here!" But we persisted and got to a quarry. We had to go. Breaking Away was a seminal piece of art for us and has become synonymous with Bloomington, Indiana
No. The ban hasn't changed anything. Papers have been shuffled several times, but nothing has changed since the initial tweets.
1)Marty was very kind, generous and trusting towards me on the set and really treated me like i truly belonged on that set for which i am forever grateful. 2)My most treasured possession from way back is my sanity which seems to be harder and harder to hold onto.
- Sometimes I have that "how did I get here" feeling. Looking back, though, I don't think I can identify any one point in this whole process where I made the wrong choice. I definitely didn't expect the sum of those choices to lead me here, though.
- There are others in the trans military community who have received far more publicity than I, and I don't envy them that at all. So far, I haven't had anybody recognize me on the street or anything, and I'm perfectly happy with that.
- From a lawyer: "Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest nonprofit legal group advocating for the full rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the United States. We feel confident in our abilities to handle cases of this magnitude. We're honored to have Staff Sergeant Schmid as a client."
if i were to be remembered by one role i would be happy its the sopranos
Hi Randy and Jason! Why'd you choose to partner with Audible to do an audiobook? Do you feel your comedy translates better to spoken word than written text?
How does the transition between genders affect your deployment status? Are you still able to deploy while undergoing gender reassignment?
Hi Michael, I'm sorry I can't not ask you about The Sopranos. How hard was it to shed Christopher's attitude after a day on set?
We loved Audible because they gave us the freedom to do the type of documentary we really wanted to do, and the support we needed to get it done and now get it out to everyone. They were amazing throughout the process. Comedy, while visually enjoyable is really enjoyed in audio setting. Think of comedy albums. Think of podcasts. This kind of merges all of that and This American Life as well. Hope you enjoy it.
David Gerrold promised us a fourth book in the Chtorr series and hasn't delivered.
You’re an Emmy winning actor. You’re an author. You’re absolutely one of my favorite actors of all time. I have incredible respect for you. What’s something strange or quirky about you that no one would ever imagine?
We never met Wendy Guey! We often wonder if she's like an adult mogwai? Wendy we are not worried about meeting. Sealfon is a another story.
My service, I think, speaks for itself. When other soldiers are looking at me, they're not seeing "a trans soldier", they're seeing a Staff Sergeant. And that's really what matters.
i hate watching violence in movies, and am very squeamish
Did Ozzie Smith ever bring that basket of bread that your father asked for at his restaurant?
Why do you think so many people in the thread are trying to conflate the issue of the military paying for transition-related medical costs with the competency of transgender people being able to perform military duties?
It seems to me that these are entirely separate issues, and that others are incorrectly dismissing your ability to perform your duties purely because they don't want their tax dollars being spent on transitions. What would your response to these people be?
How did you feel about your death in The Sopranos? Did you think it was a good end to Christopher's story?
Ozzie did, and you have to listen to our special which will be out on STARZ on demand in May, there's a great ending to that story. Also, this week on View From The Cheap Seats tomorrow is a full length hour and 20 min interview with the Wizard himself!!! Ozzie appears in the STL ep of Sklars and Stripes as well.
It's called "moving the goalposts". They make the accusation that it's prohibitively expensive, then when they're shown it's not, they make the accusation that I'm incapable of my duties. Then, when they're shown I'm not, they move back to the spending argument.
i think christopher's death was spot on and very necessary to the story, especially in terms of who tony became...which is, in the end, a vicious criminal
I have another 7 years left until retirement. After that, who knows.
thank you !
Judd Apatow just came out with The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling to rave reviews. Did you have any cool stories/encounters with him?
Thank you for your service.
What would you say is the biggest misconception about transgendered service members?
Michael, thank you for your tremendous career. If Tony had not killed Christopher after the car accident, do you think there was any chance at reconciliation between the two characters? Also, if not, do you think Christopher would have attempted to harm Tony eventually?
We have been watching the documentary and loving it. We got the honor to meet Garry on the set of Larry Sanders when we visited Tommy Schlamme, who had directed our MTV pilot and was directing Sanders that week. We saw Jon Stewart on the set, this was right before he took over the Daily Show. And Randy got to hang with Garry at a Collin Hay's birthday party in Malibu about 10 years ago. Garry was a hero to us. His stand up was inspiring and hilarious and his TV work was unparalleled. He inspires us still. It's such a shame that he is gone and that he was so sad so often when he was here. He's definitely on our comedy Mount Rushmore
There are several. Look at this thread. 😜
- That we're mentally unstable.
- That it's a cosmetic thing and not medically-necessary.
- That we're unsure of who we "really" are.
- That being trans at all impacts our ability to do our jobs.
I think what happened was exactly what needed to happen so its hard for me to envision an alternate version to be honest
We ate so many tacos that Trump tried to deport us through DACA. We ate at 6 different taco spots and all of it was amazing.
The reality is these aren't two different groups. There are already transgender service members and transgender veterans. The question is if we're really going to leave them out to dry.
sorry that should be "the better part of two years"
Thank you for your service. However do you think your presence and lawsuit compromises unit cohesion? For instance do fellow soldiers roll their eyes when teased by others for being part of “that persons” platoon...company...even battalion?
I enjoyed the one episode of "Girls" you did. Would you work with Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, or Jenni Konner again?
When you agree to do the Sopranos, were you worried about being typecast as "Mafia guy" from then on?
We ate more tacos than burritos in San Diego. Our favorite was the rolled tacos at Las Quatro Milpas. So authentic each taco came with a crying baby. Abuelitas in the back rolling tacos. Unreal so good.
The biggest response I've gotten from other soldiers specifically asking about the lawsuit is "Wait, can you do that?" (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
I know my first Sergeant has rolled his eyes a couple of times. But the fact that this is going on doesn't make me a "problem soldier". And I think that's what most everybody is concerned about. The first question is "can you do that?" and the second question is "well, is she still doing her job?" (Spoiler alert: Yes.)
i loved doing the show "girls" and would gladly work with any of that team again
i was never worried about being typecast from the sopranos because it was a unique and groundbreaking show
Do you try to eat healthy on the road or do you indulge in local junk food?
Are you transitioning?
Are you paying for it or is the military?
Any medical care I receive, whether it's transition-related or not, is part of what I earn by being a service member, just like any other service member.
I have wanted to write a book for many years, have started a bunch but have never finished till now
What would you say has been the biggest challenge of being a trans woman in the military that the majority might not face or understand?
And as someone who does not live in the U.S., how can I help from afar?
do you have a favorite story of working with Tony Sirico on the sopranos that you can share with us?
Brandon has really gotten so big. He uses Mazda Miatas as roller skates. He's also playing pee wee hockey, Jon Dore. You gotta see him! He's so big he has two Audible accounts.
The words "tremendous burden" from the initial tweet still ring in my ears. The weight of knowing that attitude is so persistent is, well, tremendous.
i loved being lost in the snowy woods with tony and being forced to survive on ketchup packets!
I loved both the Sopranos and your character. I have recently started watching an Italian series called Gomorrah (which follows a mob family set in southern Italy) and am obsessed with that to.
Are you a mob film/series enthusiast and if so: favourite movie and favourite series?
Joey Chestnut is to Coney Island hot dog eating contests what Morris Chestnut is to urban romantic comedies. Ubiquitous and dominant. He could win again. Although it's time for a woman to win. Maybe Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Although as she's winning she would deny being in the contest at all or knowing anything about it.
The primary accusation is that we're not capable of doing our jobs. The military serves the American people, and so it's them that we have to convince. In short, tell your friends.
Lou Reed, Suicide, T Rex, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Dion, Patti Smith, John and Yoko, The Smiths,
Who is your favorite Kpop idol? Mine's Momo. This week anyway.
Who was your favourite guest star to work with on The Sopranos, and why was it Ben Kingsley?
(Sorry, your opinion may differ, but friends and I still look at each other and deliver Sir Ben's "FuuuUuck" semi-regularly.)
Ben was great but my fave was Julianna Marguiles
I doubt it. My character was not even born in the late 60s which is when the movie is supposed to take place.
I'm a big fan of Christopher with my favourite scene of his in the series being when he goes to rob and punches Lauren Bacall.
I was just wondering if you had any great set stories during your time filming The Sopranos and what was it like shooting that scene with her.
i had met "betty" bacall many years before in Paris on the set of Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" and was in awe of her every time I was near her. She was a legend, truly and a class act all the way. Punching her difficult for me but a highlight of my career to be sure!
Out of curiosity, when you were growing up, was there a particular movie or TV series that really stood out to you and made you think "I want to do that"? or any actor(s) that really stand out to you as all time greats in your mind?
Midnight Cowboy and Dog Day Afternoon probably more than any others