Perhaps no characters in the history of television carried drama through their nails like the ladies of HBO’s The Sopranos. Whether it be an angrily-pointed claw, a sloping come-hither acrylic, or a set of French tips nervously twisting around a telephone cord, the nails shown in the six seasons of The Sopranos were their own expressive mood. The show’s manicurist, Maria Salandra, was responsible for developing these delicate subplots, often working until the wee hours of the night making extra press-ons for some of the show’s most violent scenes — a fact she recalls fondly. A card-carrying Jersey girl, Salandra brought her experience to ensure each of the subtle nail variations from mob wife to goomah to stripper were all deftly handled and true-to-life. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Sopranos’s premiere, she spoke with Interview’s Mel Ottenberg and Thom Bettridge about constructing nail looks for each character and the ever-evolving style choices of today’s Jersey girl. SALANDRA: All of my friends were in hair and makeup. They actually brought me in to the whole celebrity manicurist scene.  Kymbra Callaghan, Sharon Ilsen, and Colleen Callaghan —  all award-winni...