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    Kristen Stewart Remembers James Gandolfini: Welcome to the Rileys Costar "Was Immeasurably Great"

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    Welcome to the Rileys, Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini
    Welcome to the Rileys, Kristen Stewart, James Gandolfini

    Kristen Stewart has fond memories of working with James Gandolfini on Welcome to the Rileys.

    Six days after the Sopranos star died at age 51 from a heart attack, the Twilight star is finally breaking her silence on her friend and colleague's untimely passing by reflecting back on their time working on the critically acclaimed 2010 indie drama.

    "When I heard of James' passing I was in New Orleans, where we met shooting, and every memory flooded back and gutted me," the 23-year-old Stewart told Entertainment Weekly in a statement. "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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    In the film K.Stew plays Mallory, a 16-year-old stripper and sometime hooker who's befriended by a lonely father mourning the lost of his child who wants to help her out of her self-destructive situation. So he ends up paying Mallory to stay with her in her rundown house, setting up an unusual and poignant father-daughter tale.

    Both roles helped Stewart and Gandolfini put some distance between themselves and the iconic characters they're best known for: Bella from the Twilight movies and his role as Tony Soprano.

    No word if she'll be attending the acting legend's funeral set for Thursday in New York. But you can check out a clip of their performance in Welcome to the Rileys below.

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