Back in 2010, Stewart spoke to MTV News' Josh Horowitz about what it was like to work with the Emmy-winning actor. "It was intimidating, but at the same time — like it always is with actors like that — it really pushes you hard," she said. She also revealed that it was "oddly comforting" to work alongside Hollywood veterans Gandolfini and co-star Melissa Leo.
Upon hearing the news of Gandolfini's death last Wednesday, Stewart opened up to Entertainment Weekly about her friend and on-screen companion. "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."
The admiration went both ways. Last year, Gandolfini praised K-Stew for her performance in "On the Road". "You can't take your eyes off her," he wrote. "She is just beginning. She is fearless… Stick around my friends, and there will be much, much more to come. Thinking about it, I am smiling already."