Dominic Fumusa: ‘Nurse Jackie’ Secrets Beginning to Unravel

Paul Schultze, Edie Falco and Dominic Fumusa Showtime photo

Look for bombshells to start dropping on Edie Falco’s “Nurse Jackie” as the Showtime show heads toward its June 7 season finale.  “It gets even more intense, building up to a reveal of some of the secrets.  You know, she has so many, you have to take them one at a time,” informs Falco’s series husband, Dominic Fumusa.  “But you don’t want to get there too quickly,” adds the actor with delight.

His character, Kevin, spent the entire first season “100 per cent oblivious” to his wife’s drug addictions and affair with a hospital pharmacist (Paul Schultze).   Now, “I love it because I there are so many more colors to play with.  I got to go darker.”

Playing the cuckold has won him “interesting reactions” from fans.  “A lot of people are very kind to Kevin.  They say, ‘This is crazy.  How can she be doing this?’  Other people’s reactions are more like, ‘How can he possibly be so clueless about his wife?’  Hey, there are people out there who ARE that clueless” when it comes to their partners cheating on them, he points out.  “With Kevin, they had to establish the domestic bliss to counter balance Jackie’s life at the hospital, her addiction to drugs.  He’s not a doormat, not stupid…I think what’s really fascinating is, obviously, Jackie has a great life at home.  The addiction is only the covering up of something that lies beneath, something that’s painful and interesting.  It makes for good drama, good acting,” he says.  “What is that something?”

He won’t be getting the answer to that question any time soon.  Right now, Fumusa is busy with Sarah Ruhl’s “Passion Play” on the New York stage.  The “Nurse Jackie” troops won’t be mustering for production again ‘til September.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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