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Peter Facinelli on Nurse Jackie

Published March 2, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of Showtime
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Peter Facinelli is now Twilight’s Peter Facinelli. He’s been working for decades, he’s on a hit TV show, but he’s part of Twilight so he’s Twilight’s Peter Facinelli. Actually, his research for playing Carlisle Cullen informed his portrayl of Nurse Jackie’s Dr. Fitch Cooper.

Peter Facinelli on Nurse Jackie

“It was interesting because when I did Twilight, I went and met with a doctor, and I hung out with him at the hospital. His demeanor at the hospital was completely different than what we went and had dinner together. So I think when Coop is with patients, there's a very doctorly side of him, and people have confidence in him. Is he a good doctor? I say it depends on what day of the week it is. He could cure you of some crazy disease that no other doctor could, or he might kill you with an ear infection. You just never know what you're going to get with him. That's part of the fun in playing him.”

Season two will reveal more of Dr. Fitch Cooper. “What I like about the second season is the first season felt like an introduction to these characters. Now the second season, now that you know these characters, they get to run and play.”

Facinelli is currently doing double duty, with a sequel in production simultaneous with the show. “I have had a very crazy schedule. There was a whole month where I was shooting Eclipse and Nurse Jackie at the same time. I actually enjoyed it because I enjoy what I do. So when I show up for work, it's very invigorating, and I get energized by it. So there were times where I'd get off an airplane from a red-eye and have three hours' sleep and then go straight to work. But again, I'm having such a good time on the show, and the actors are so phenomenal. For me, as soon as I get on the set, I have so much energy.”

He’s having fun, and Twihards will have fun watching Carlisle turn into a mortal with bigger problems than vampire love. “It was actually really fun for me to do such contrasting roles because Carlisle is such a calming force, and he's a rock, and he's a foundation of this family. And Coop is none of that. I mean, he runs around like he's had four cans of Red Bull. So to be able to do those two contrasting roles where, in one character, I'm very still and the other one he's very energized was a lot of fun for me.”

Nurse Jackie returns March 22 on Showtime.

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