One of the writers, Kevin Fox, was telling me, “Just wait. In a few episodes, it’s going to turn.” I never really took it to heart because to me it was much more important that Mariska was coming to me and saying that I was doing well and that they were giving me more episodes. That really meant a lot to me. It was my first TV show, but I’ve also done a lot of plays and I’ve been panned in plays, but you don’t let it affect you. You can’t get bogged down in that. You have to bet on yourself, bet that what you’re doing is good. Even if that turns out not to be good, at least you know that you did what you wanted to do and you didn’t let somebody’s opinion of you guide you.
Peter Scanavino discussing how he handled the initial negative fan reaction to Sonny Carisi (x)