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A.J. From “The Sopranos” Give up Performing & Has a Completely Totally different Job Now

When Robert Iler was 12 years outdated, he shot the pilot for a present that may turn out to be one of the crucial acclaimed collection of all time. Iler performed Tony Soprano’s (James Gadolfini) son A.J. on The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007, which means he spent all of his teen years on the influential HBO present. However, though The Sopranos was a serious success and remains to be liked by many followers, Iler took a distinct path in life after it concluded as a substitute of continuous with appearing. He is additionally by no means seen a lot of the collection he acted in, though he’s planning to observe the brand new prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark.

After going by means of some exhausting instances through the present’s run and after it ended, Iler appears to be doing effectively now with a relationship, a transfer away from appearing, and a podcast with certainly one of his former co-stars. Learn on to seek out out extra about Iler and why he walked away from the leisure business.

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When The Sopranos resulted in 2007, Iler determined to give up appearing—no less than as a lot as he might. “I informed my supervisor I wished six months off to go play poker and hang around with my pals and simply do no matter,” the 36-year-old mentioned on the Speaking Sopranos podcast, hosted by his former co-stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa, in Could 2020. “And he saved calling: ‘It has been a yr.’ ‘It has been two years.’ The one factor I’ve executed since Sopranos was once I obtained a name to do jury responsibility and I did not wish to do jury responsibility … Twice, to get out of jury responsibility, I did an episode of Regulation & Order.” Whereas The Sopranos was nonetheless operating, nonetheless, he did tackle a few different roles, together with one within the film Daredevil.

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Whereas Iler hasn’t acted for years, he isn’t utterly in opposition to the concept of making an attempt it out once more. “There are occasions once I assume, no, by no means. After which there’s the instances the place—like, final week when on this quarantine, the place I used to be watching Ozark,” he mentioned. “It blew me away … There’s time the place I am sitting at residence watching that and I am like, I might see doing one thing like this, and I’d actually take pleasure in it.”

He added of The Sopranos, “For me, I used to be extraordinarily spoiled with my very first thing … There is part of me that is like, for those who do one thing else, it’ll mess it up.”

Robert Iler at the Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-Grammy Brunch in February 2015
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Iler started making a living enjoying poker following The Sopranos, however has since cease enjoying as a lot. “You go play poker and there aren’t any guidelines,” he informed the positioning US Poker. “You possibly can come everytime you need, sit wherever you need, play no matter recreation you need, and depart everytime you need. Since I would been appearing since I used to be six years outdated, I feel that is what was so enticing to me about poker.”

However, he realized his life was additionally full of partying, playing, and medicines, and that he wanted to make a change. Iler obtained sober in 2013. “I have never been drunk in over seven years … and hardcore medicine can be seven years,” he mentioned on Speaking Sopranos. “However I used to be taking Xanax on daily basis, so it took to me a very long time to get off of Xanax, and I needed to go see a specialist, in order that’s most likely been 5 years.”

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Iler now hosts a podcast, Pajama Pants, with Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who performed A.J.’s sister Meadow Soprano. Their third co-host is YouTuber Kassem G. The podcast is wide-ranging and is about their lives and the rest they wish to talk about. An upcoming episode will concentrate on the brand new Sopranos film, and Imperioli will seem as a visitor after Sigler and Iler have seen the movie. “We’re gonna be clueless,” Iler informed Web page Six. “Michael goes to return on and clarify to us all the things we do not perceive.”

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There are a couple of causes that Iler hasn’t watched the whole thing of The Sopranos. “I’ve most likely not seen 80% of the episodes,” he mentioned on Speaking Sopranos, explaining that he is seen no less than the primary episode of each season and generally the primary two episodes.

Initially, he did not wish to watch just because it was “uncomfortable” to see himself act. However, following Gandolfini’s 2013 dying, it is significantly exhausting to see his TV dad onscreen. “To look at 80 hours of movies about Jim, it might really feel like torture,” he added.

Iler additionally informed Web page Six that when he was a teen, he simply adopted go well with when it got here to the opposite actors’ ideas about watching themselves. “I grew up on that set and it was very anti-Hollywood,” he mentioned. “It wasn’t like, ‘We wish Insta followers’ and all this. [It was more like], ‘We do not wish to look—we do not wish to see ourselves!’ I fell in step with everybody else.”

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Throughout an interview on the podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Greatest Pal in June 2021, Iler mentioned that he’s in a relationship—”I met any person and its been good”—however that he was on a courting app earlier than that. And, it seems, not everybody on the app believed he was actually who he mentioned he was. “I’ve additionally had individuals write on there, ‘You are such a loser! You are utilizing A.J. from The Sopranos‘ footage,'” he mentioned. “Like, individuals who will assume it isn’t me. Ladies have gotten actually indignant.”

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