Jennifer Lopez is heartbroken over the tragic news of Ray Liotta’s death.
“Ray was my partner in crime on ‘Shades of Blue’ … the first thing that comes to mind is he was so kind to my children,” the actress wrote Thursday in a tribute post dedicated to her late co-star.
“Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside … I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella.”
Lopez, 52, went on to recall some of the “intense” moments she and Liotta shared on set.
“The first time we walked on set to do our first scene together there was an electric spark and a mutual respect and we both knew this was going to be good,” she remembered.
“We enjoyed doing our scenes together and I felt lucky to have him there to work with and learn from. Like all artists he was complicated, sincere, honest and so very emotional. Like a raw nerve, he was so accessible and so in touch in his acting and I will always remember our time together fondly.”
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Lopez concluded her post by telling fans “we lost a great today.”
“RIP RAY … it’s so sad to lose you what seems way to soon,” she wrote. “I will remember you always. Sending so much love and strength to your daughter Karsen, your family and all your loved ones.”
Lopez and Liotta co-starred on the NBC cop drama from 2016 to 2018. Fans of the show often commented on the duo’s on-screen chemistry, which both stars addressed in a 2016 interview with Deadline.
“Yeah, a lot of people say that. Everybody says it,” Liotta said of their on-camera compatibility.
“It’s always a natural thing I find with actors, if you have chemistry or not,” Lopez added. “And I always say you can create some, but innately, there has to be a rapport, an easiness, a respect. I feel like we were willing to open up to each other and be those people to each other.”
Lopez played charismatic single mother and detective Harlee Santos on the series, led by Liotta’s enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak, who often broke the law in his attempts to protect and serve.
When the hit show ended after three seasons – due to Lopez exiting to take on film roles – Liotta expressed his disappointment in saying goodbye.
“I’m truly, truly gonna miss doing it because it was a great, great character,” Liotta said in 2018. “I really think that yeah, Jennifer [Lopez] was great, but you go and get Edie Falco and we’re off and running again. It was that well-constructed and you never really knew what was going to happen.”
A rep for Liotta confirmed to Page Six on Thursday that the actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic where he was filming a new movie titled ”Dangerous Waters.” He was 67.
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