Kat Dennings and Anton Yelchin in 2010. (Photo: Getty Images)
When Anton Yelchin died in a freak car accident, Hollywood lost a bright star, but Kat Dennings lost a close member of her inner circle.
The 2 Broke Girls star, who played Yelchin’s love interest in 2007’s Charlie Bartlett and forged a tight friendship with him, has been grieving. Since the Star Trek actor’s death on June 19, when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down the driveway and pinned him against a security gate, Dennings has posted only photos of him to her Instagram account — seven in total.
The brunette shared the most recent snapshot early Thursday morning. In it, she and Yelchin, who was on his way to meet friends the night he died, are hugging and Kat is puckering her lips. “I miss you so much,” she wrote, tugging at our heartstrings.
Minutes before, there was a photo of just the 27-year-old actor’s eye with a heart emoji.
Two days before that, Dennings, who has been dating Josh Groban since 2014, posted this goofy pic with Yelchin on both Insta and Twitter.
Yelchin’s funeral took place last Friday. According to Entertainment Tonight, friends and family were there to say goodbye and “one of Yelchin’s best friends” gave the eulogy. That same day, Dennings posted another photo of him and wrote about how she’ll “think about this kid every day for the rest of my life.”
Here are the other photos she shared:
Dennings’s friendship with Yelchin blossomed on the set of Charlie Bartlett and only grew stronger as they did promotion for the film together. She told Indie London that when she auditioned with Yelchin, “it just worked.” She said they formed a “lifelong” friendship. “Our moms are now best friends, so three times a day I get an Anton update and he gets the same about me. It’s really cute.”
The friends promoting Charlie Bartlett in 2007. (Photo: Getty Images)
Yelchin talked about the friendship in a 2011 interview with New York magazine.
“I don’t hang out at trendy Hollywood bars,” said Yelchin, who said he loved acting but disliked celebrity. He then listed some of the people he palled around with, including Dennings and Jennifer Lawrence, who was also a film-set friend, as well as his non-famous childhood chums.
“We’re just nuts and freaks,” Yelchin said with affection.
Well, he was loved by those “nuts and freaks.” And many other celebrities, including his Star Trek co-stars Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana, have posted tributes on social media.
When Yelchin’s accident occurred, he “most likely died within a minute or so” of blunt traumatic asphyxiation, according to the coroner. It was later revealed that his vehicle may have been involved in a recall because the electronic gearshifts in some 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees don’t work properly.