Kristen Stewart ‘Gutted’ By James Gandolfini’s Sudden Death

Tue, June 25, 2013 3:16pm EDT by 23 Comments
Kristen Stewart James Gandolfini
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Kristen is speaking out for the first time since James’ tragic death. Read on to find out what the actress has to say about her former co-star.

Kristen Stewart was out of town when news hit that her friend and Welcome to the Rileys co-star James Gandolfini, 51, had died of a massive heart attack while vacationing with his young son in Italy on June 19.

Kristen tells Entertainment Weekly, “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.”

Kristen & James Co-Star In Welcome To The Rileys’

After filming Welcome to the Rileys, Kristen described her co-star in a 2009 USA Today profile:

“Jim was the sh*t,” Kristen said with a giggle. “He’s quiet. We got along well because we let it happen the way it’s supposed to. It was very organic, very cool.”

In 2012, James expressed his adoration for Kristen when he wrote a review about her performance in On The Road for a special feature in Variety:

“Kristen Stewart is one of the mad ones. But mad in a beautiful way. 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.”

Our prayers and thoughts go out to James’ family and friends, and Kristen for her loss.

–Sandra Clark

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hate jb

Posted at 7:51 AM on June 27, 2013  

i feel so sorry for her lose or lost i just feel srry for her when i was reading through i was like crying almost my eyes started to get wattery and again i just feel sorry for her :( :(

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SSSSybil

Posted at 6:40 AM on June 27, 2013  

RIP James. Hang in there Kristen, he is right you do smolder…

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I look silently,

Posted at 5:53 AM on June 27, 2013  

with amazement, I must say, I likes KRISTEN STEWART!
She is one beautiful young lady.
lenaj

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MariaM

Posted at 7:04 PM on June 26, 2013  

Clearly that emma girl don’t have feeling and she’s not a happy camper in this world!!! =/
RIP James!!!!

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LOSER

Posted at 9:08 AM on June 26, 2013  

She is really beautiful, just love her smile :-)

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DC

Posted at 5:38 AM on June 26, 2013  

Wow. Maybe some online college courses could help her…

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steff17

Posted at 12:45 AM on June 26, 2013  

she is great!!

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mmm

Posted at 11:15 PM on June 25, 2013  

Very good movie WTTR, great JamesG., Amazing Kristen!

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Pippa

Posted at 8:25 PM on June 25, 2013  

RIP in James. I hope you don’t mind by I just wanted to add the rest of the comment from James that was not posted in the article above:

“She is just beginning. She is fearless. And that can be that good, and that can be very bad. But she is smart enough to handle it,” he continued. “Stick around my friends, and there will be much, much more to come. Thinking about it, I am smiling already.”

And to emma to posted earlier please have some respect. This is not place to make rude comments. In regards to this article Candy other outlets were reporting on other actors who were making statements about the loss of this great actor. There were stories about James going to stay with John Travolta and his famliy after the loss of his son Jett and stayed while John was dealing with the loss of his son.

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UKEric

Posted at 8:17 PM on June 25, 2013  

@emma—-get off this site if you can’t be respectful. Mr Gandolfini worked with Kristen Stewart and had nothing but nice comments about her as a person and as an actress, this is not the time or place to criticize Kristen or anyone else. Rest in peace Mr. G and condolences to your family. You left the world way to early.

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Candy

Posted at 6:26 PM on June 25, 2013  

So tacky and tasteless, Hollywood Life!

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@Candy

Posted at 6:50 PM on June 25, 2013  

What’s tacky about this. HW just got this out of an article from Entertainment Weekly, and many celebs have paid and will pay their respect this coming Thursday to a very respected actor in Hollywood. Stop being nasty because you obviously don’t like Kristen.

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@@Candy

Posted at 7:13 PM on June 25, 2013  

I think Candy felt it was tasteless to use Kristen’s statement to obtain website hits. At least that is what I think was where she was coming from. I actually think its kind of odd, creating a single post/article from a single condolence statement. I’d rather see another article about Mr Gandolfini, and maybe include a gallery of the various condolences that have poured in. Thank goodness HWL did not include a poll.

P.S. How do other celebrities release statements? By contacting a particular magazine or website?

 
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kikay

Posted at 5:44 PM on June 25, 2013  

That’s a very heartfelt statement coming from a very lovely girl,they were very good together in WTTR.

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B&E

Posted at 4:53 PM on June 25, 2013  

Kristen statement was respectful. James liked her. R.I.P. James Gandolfini

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Abigail

Posted at 4:15 PM on June 25, 2013  

This particular post isnt the right time to make rude comments, or attack each other. Dont do it.

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WhatAgain?

Posted at 4:07 PM on June 25, 2013  

Please don’t use this man’s death for another KS story. That’s just too tacky.

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Stanley Kalonga

Posted at 3:51 PM on June 25, 2013  

I wish a very quik recovery,may GOD bless our Mandela although he’s in hospital

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emma

Posted at 3:47 PM on June 25, 2013  

She is good at statement, after the one for cheating on her boyfriend, which will the next one ? wait and see

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guest23

Posted at 5:27 PM on June 25, 2013  

@Emma – no need to be rude and disrespectful with your snide comment, james was a good friend of Kristen’s and she was obviously asked about how she felt about the news

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@Emma

Posted at 6:46 PM on June 25, 2013  

James is a very very respectful actor and before he died he gave a very nice compliment to Kristen about her career. You’re just being nasty and disrespectful.

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maria irani nogueira

Posted at 7:27 PM on June 25, 2013  

how desrespectfull a human being can be? i think you rated the lowest level of desrespect

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tara

Posted at 3:31 PM on June 25, 2013  

RIP James, that’s all

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