Five things you don't know about Jamie-Lynn Sigler -- The ''Sopranos'' star spills about the new season, why she was almost replaced, and more
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
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You probably know Jamie-Lynn Sigler for her portrayal of Mob boss Tony Soprano’s fiesty daughter, Meadow, on the hit HBO show ”The Sopranos.” Or you might know her as the voice singing Diana Ross’ ”I’m Coming Out” in Levi’s bellybutton commercial. But do you know why she recently dyed her hair blond? (To play a cheerleader in the upcoming flick ”Goddess.”) Or what Meadow’s love life will be like this season, which debuts Sept. 15? (She’s getting a new boyfriend, but first she’ll be grieving the murder of ex-beau Jackie Jr.)

To find out a few other things you might not know about the 21-year-old native New Yorker and brand new author — ”Wise Girl: What I’ve Learned About Life, Love, and Loss” (Pocket Books) — sat down with Sigler the day after she wrapped ”The Sopranos.” Here’s what we learned.

Sigler auditioned for ”The Sopranos” because she thought it was a musical.
She explains: ”My manager had heard about a really interesting audition that was right up my alley. She said the show was called ‘The Sopranos.’ Apparently they were looking for a ’16-year-old, Italian-looking girl.’ I could look Italian — and I could certainly sing soprano! So I went on the audition with my mom (I even brought some sheet music in my bag in case they wanted me to demonstrate how well I could hit those high notes), and they handed me a script. I read it once or twice, and stupid me, I still thought it could be a musical (a weird musical, but a musical nonetheless). Not once did I have a clue this was a drama about a dysfunctional Mob family.”

She saved a girl from being raped.
Sigler and her mom were in a Fort Lauderdale hotel late one night while on vacation two years ago when they heard voices coming from the next room: ”No! Stop! Let go of me! You’re hurting me.” Sigler raced over to find the door ajar, so she grabbed the girl and ran back into her room to call security. ”Looking back it was probably a really stupid decision, but you don’t hear somebody screaming for their life and let it go,” she explains. ”It was a reality check for me because I was 19 and my friends were in college and I knew what it was like. You meet people, groups of guys, whatever, you all go back to your room. You never know.”