Kristen Stewart remembers James Gandolfini.

When James Gandolfini tragically passed away last week, the world was stunned, and naturally so was Kristen Stewart. The pair became firm friends after their roles together in “Welcome to the Rileys”. She recently spoke out about the loss of a friend, co-star and great actor.

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“When I heard of James’ passing I was in New Orleans, where we met shooting, and every memory flooded back and gutted me. I’ll hold that time near to me forever.  He was immeasurably great. My heart goes out to his beloved family.”

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Kristen spoke highly of her co-star. After they’d completed shooting in 2009, she was quoted in an interview:

 ”Jim was … the sh-t,” she said with a laugh after struggling for a moment to find the right word. “He’s quiet. We got along well because we let it happen the way it’s supposed to. It was very organic, very cool.”

The actors admiration for each other was mutual. In response, just last year, James Gandolfini wrote about Kristen following her role in “On the Road” last year:

 “Kristen Stewart is one of the mad ones. But mad in a beautiful way,” he wrote. “And she is determined to make people mad. To show them she is more than Bella in Twilight. To show them she does burn, and smolder, and wants more out of her career and life. And smolder she does.”

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We’re sure Kristen will be treasuring her memories for years to come.

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