Amy Adams has had an incredible year.
Her role in American Hustle has earned her not only a Golden Globe, but also an Oscar nomination, so it’s fitting that she would be selected to tape a segment of Inside the Actors Studio.
Unfortunately, the timing could not be any worse. The 39-year-old sat down with James Lipton just days after she tragically lost her friend, Philip Seymour Hoffman—causing emotions to run understandably high as she remembered her late costar.
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“I just really loved him, and I know so many people did,” she said through tears. “I just don’t know how much more I can talk about it right now, sorry.”
Amy and Philip were frequent collaborators; the two appeared on screen together in Charlie Wilson’s War, The Master and Doubt.
James Lipton, the iconic host of Inside the Actors Studio had his own memories of the late actor. He reflected on the Capote actor’s career and told Amy of the time Philip joined him on the legendary program more than a decade ago.
“Fourteen years ago, I brought Philip Seymour Hoffman to this stage with the prediction that he would become the greatest actor of his generation,” James recalled. “And he did.”
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The Academy Award winner, who was just 46-years-old, was found dead of an apparent heroin overdose on Feb. 2 in his New York City apartment.
Philip, who had three young children, battled addiction earlier in his life and remained clean for more than 23 years—until he relapsed in 2012.
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Eventually, Amy was able to pull herself together to honor her late friend and share how she truly felt: blessed that she was given the gift to know him and work with him.
“I wish you all could get a chance to work with him,” she gushed. “He was beautiful. And he had this unique ability to see people—to really see them—not look through them. And he will be missed.”
Watch her moving tribute: