Vin Diesel Talks Paul Walker, Fatherhood, Baby Daughter Paulina (VIDEO)

March 28, 2015

Vin Diesel opened up about what the late Paul Walker taught him about fatherhood in a television interview (video below). The ‘Furious 7′ star named his third child Paulina in honor of the man who had been both his friend and his costar in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise.

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Vin Diesel had announced the birth of his daughter, with longtime girlfriend Paloma Jiménez, via Facebook. You can see the photo below.

In his interview with Today Show’s Natalie Morales he spoke about his late friend and fatherhood, and we quickly see how these two topics are inextricable. While we have known of Paul Walker as a screen hero who had portrayed the LAPD undercover cop Brian O’Conner in all of the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies, he was also one of Vin Diesel’s closest friends for many yaers.

He said of Walker that he “went into fatherhood a lot earlier than I did.” He went on to add, “He took on that role of kind of being the guide into fatherhood for me. It’s kind of beautiful.”

He revealed that it was Walker who encouraged him to be with his girlfriend as she gave birth to their first child. He said, “The one thing Paul always wanted me to do was be present at my child’s birth. He was so adamant about it.” He explained that he insisted that he leave the set of Furious 5 to return to New York so as not to miss the birth. Diesel said, “He was like, ‘We can film later. You have to go now.’ And he was right.”

Now many years later, as he witnessed the recent birth of his third child, he reflected saying that he had felt the presence of his late friend. He said, “He was in the room. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord.”

He went on to speak of how he chose Paulina as the baby’s name, saying, “It felt like a way to keep his memory as a part of my family and a part of my world.”

Paul Walker had not finished all of his scenes in ‘Furious 7′ at the time of his death, and his brothers Cody Walker and Caleb Walker completed some of these scenes not yet shot.

Many of our familiar cast members have returned in ‘Furious 7′ including Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson ( “The Rock”), Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges (“Ludacris”), and Elsa Pataky. Newcomers include Jason Straham as the villain in this sequel, along with Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey and, reportedly in a cameo, Iggy Azalea among others.

The full video of Vin Diesel’s candid and touching interview on Paul Walker and more is below!

I hear babies crying,I watch them grow.They'll learn much more,Than I'll ever know.And I think to myself,What a wonderful world…

Posted by Vin Diesel on Monday, March 16, 2015

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