In truth, she was born in Queens, New York but grew up in the Long Island town of Jericho in Nassau County. Her Greek-Jewish-Latin lineage comes from her Jewish father, Steve, whose parents immigrated from Greece and Romania, and her Cuban-born mother, Consuela.
She got the acting bug at age seven. When she graduated from Jericho High School, she was voted “Class Thespian”, and was already starring in productions at the Long Island, Cultural Arts Playhouse.
Sigler had just enrolled NYU when she got the chance to audition for The Sopranos and later dropped out of college to become a regular as Meadow Soprano, the teenage daughter of mob boss, Tony.
Since The Sopranos, she’s appeared on Entourage, Ugly Betty and now NBC’s Guys With Kids playing a very uptight, mother and ex-wife.
She’s about to be a wife and mother in real life, having announced her engagement and pregnancy with fiance Cutter Dykstra, a baseball player with the Washington Nationals.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (left) on the set with her Guys With Kids co-stars.
ASWB: What was it like growing up in Jericho, Long Island, NY?
JLS: It was fantastic. It had everything to offer, for a kid to explore – sports, theater. I rode my bike everyday after school. I went to public school and it was one of the top public schools in the country.
Jericho is a suburb in Nassau County, on the northern shore of Long Island, NY (above) and is about 20 minutes from Belmont Park, opened in 1905.
ASWB: What do you remember most about your hometown?
JLS: The Jericho deli. They had the most amazing honey -mustard.
ASWB: Travel books have must-sees, what are your must-sees for your hometown?
JLS: The Milleridge Inn. It’s a cute little mini-complex that looks like an old colonial town. It has cobblestone streets. They have a little bar and little beauty shop and a club. It’s really cute.
ASWB: Did you have a favorite teacher that you can recall?
JLS: Mr. Zerrick, my fourth-grade teacher.
ASWB: Anything you recall in particular that you liked about him?
JLS: He was supportive. He was energetic. He was creative in the way that he would teach lessons and I remember when I first started auditioning and wanted to pursue acting, he was so supportive of it and I remember a few times when I had auditions and I was afraid about having to leave school, he gave me a lucky quarter and he would help me catch up with my homework and he was a very supportive teacher.
The Bethpage Black golf course in Nassau County, Long Island was the first public golf course to host the U.S. Open in 2002
The beaches of course are another main attraction in Long Island. Long Island boardwalk picture above.
ASWB: What do you miss most about your hometown?
JLS: I think being able to walk around my neighborhood. Just that quiet, comfortable safe feeling, being able to walk around all the time and you don’t get to do that much in LA.
ASWB: Do you still go back to your hometown?
JLS: My parents moved a couple of towns away but yeah, to go to lunch and to get my nails done with my friends.
ASWB: Are you still in touch with some of your friends from high school?
JLS: Yes, I absolutely am.
ASWB: So, again, what is you must see for your hometown?
JLS: Uh, going to Jericho for a vacation. Get your nails done at Laura’s. Go to Dolce Vita for good pizza. Get the honey-mustard at the Jericho deli and go to the Milleridge Inn.
Photos courtesy of Long Island Convention & Visitor’s Bureau