The Irish starlets who trained with James Gandolfini
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.
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