Saturday 23 September 2017

The Irish starlets who trained with James Gandolfini

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jen Lowery / Rex Features ( 634525ho ) James Gandolfini 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, America - 28 Jan 2007
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives for the Australian Premiere of 'The Lovely Bones' at Greater Union George Street on December 10, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)

Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Bono's actress daughter Eve Hewson have both filmed and honed their craft with the late actor.

James Gandolfini's sudden death at 51 has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, and two actresses who will be particularly devastated are Irish starlets Saoirse Ronan and Eve Hewson.

Both are two of Ireland's most well-known and respected actresses and expressed their delight at working with one of the kings of television.

Oscar-nominated Saoirse filmed Violet & Daisy with Gandolfini in 2011, where she played a teenage assassin and he, her intended target whom she ends up sympathising with as he is dying alone n his apartment of terminal cancer.

The Carlow native described James as "the best" to work with when they filmed the black comedy three years ago.

"He's so cool and I think when he came on set everyone was aware that Tony Soprano was there, just because of the kind of force Jim is," she explained. "He's the nicest guy and he was so protective over me and really looked after me. "

"I loved the scenes that I had with him—these scenes with long dialogue we had together. It was just a great experience getting to work with an actor like that who really doesn't take any of the bull at all, he's very much about work and that's the main thing for him."

Meanwhile, up-and-coming actress and Bono's daughter Eve Hewson has also wrapped filming with the legendary star, playing his daughter.

Sopranos creator David Chase described Gandolfini as
Sopranos creator David Chase described Gandolfini as "a genius", saying: "Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."
Actors Steve Van Zandt, James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli and Vincent Pastore of the TV series The Sopranos.
James Gandolfini won three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the conflicted mob boss who was both brutal and emotionally delicate.
Nancy Marchand who played Tony's mother, and James Gandolfini in a scene from the HBO TV series The Sopranos.
Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the groundbreaking series that aired from 1999 to 2007.
Edie Falco, James Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco attend "The Sopranos: The Complete Fifth Season" DVD launch party at English is Italian on June 6, 2005 in New York City.
Tony Sirico and James Gandolfini at the Satriale's Pork Store in Kearny, New Jersey.
James Gandolfini and Edie Falco pose with their Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Drama Series during the The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Access Hollywood Press Room at the The Shrine Theater in Los Angeles,
With co stars Edie Falco and and Jamie-Lynn Sigler who played his daughter at The Sopranos Sixth Season Premiere.
The cast of the Sopranos accepts the Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series award onstage during the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Lorraine Bracco who played Tony's psychatrist and James Gandolfini.
James Gandolfini poses for a portrait during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
With Edie Falco at an after party for the Broadway opening of "God of Carnage"in 2009 in New York City.
James Gandolfini withJennifer Connelly and Vin Diesel for the Fresh Air Fund's Annual Spring Gala honoring American Heroes.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: Actor James Gandolfini attends Spike TV's 4th Annual "Guys Choice Awards" held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Christina Applegate, Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini at the Surviving Christmas premiere.
James Gandolfini withKristen Stewart and director Jake Scott at a screening of "Welcome To The Rileys"in 2010
James Gandolfini and Edie Falco at the Emmy Awards.
James Gandolfini during The "Forget-Me-Not" Gala Benefitting The Alzheimers Association NYC Chapter at The Pierre Hotel in New York
Gandolfini attends Premiere Of "Iris" - A Journey Into The World Of Cinema By Cirque du Soleil at the Kodak Theatre 2011 with his wife.
Gandolfini attends the City of Hope Gala at Soho House on November 20, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
With Brad Pitt at a screening of "Killing Them Softly" 2012 in New York City.

The Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project is a comedy to be released later this year, but Eve has yet to comment on working with Gandolfini and his tragic death.

By Caitlin McBride

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