9 Things You Didn’t Know About Paul Walker That Will Restore Your Faith In Hollywood
By now everyone has heard of the recent tragedy involving Paul Walker and his close friend Roger Rodas. The two were involved in a car explosion after leaving a charity event they created together over this past weekend.
After someone passes away, it's customary for people to share their experiences with that person. Ever since Walker’s passing, numerous people have come forward to share their stories and kind words.
So today, in honor of this incredible individual, we are going to take a look at what others had to say about his life. We are also going to look at some of the most famous statements Walker has ever given. This will help us to gain insight into the young actor’s mind and what truly made him stand apart from the rest.
He Was Charitable
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas set up a charity together called “Reach Out Worldwide” to help people harmed by natural disasters. In 2010, they both flew to Chile with their charity to assist those injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake. During the same year, Paul was extremely involved in relief efforts to help survivors of the tragic 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
He Was A Family Man
“I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.'” Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow Rain. She recently moved from Hawaii to California to be closer to her father so they could work on their relationship.
In an interview with GQ, Walker revealed: “She keeps encouraging me to do all this stuff. I thought at this point in my life I would need to be home with her, but she wants me to keep acting so she can travel around the world with me. Would that be so bad?”
He Was Career Driven
“There’s a lot of guys that just get comfortable with their positions and rest on their laurels. I had to earn my way.” Literally, he was career driven. Walker loved every aspect of being part of “The Fast And Furious” saga and has even gone so far as to say, “I wish I could be behind the wheel for every stunt.” He didn’t come from money, but instead worked as hard as possible to earn himself a name.
He Did Not Let Fame Define Him
“I’m not the least bit polished, I come from a blue collar background and I never thought I could feel comfortable around the English.” Not all celebrities have the ability to remain level headed when fame is thrust upon them. Paul Walker’s co-stars and the industry people who worked with him have all come forward to vouch for how amazing of a guy he was.
He Anonymously Bought A Couple An Engagement Ring
Walker was in a jewelry store when he overheard a couple discussing an engagement ring. The woman absolutely loved the $10K ring, but her fiancé, who had just returned from Iraq, told her he could not afford it. The couple left the store with no ring in hand, but received a call shortly after from an employee. They were told someone anonymously purchased their dream ring.
He Had A “Go Big Or Go Home” Mentality
“I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all. I apply that to everything. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to like sports, I apply that to everything. That’s what I live by. That’s how I like it.” He worked hard for what he achieved and he never took anything for granted. He stayed humble and appreciated his good fortune because he was the one who created it for himself.
He Was Multifaceted
“I’m into being a dad, that’s where my focus is most of the time. I’m an actor that’s my job, but it’s not my life. I have a lot of other interests too.” Many people are unaware that Walker was picked to play Superman for Warner Brothers and he turned down the role. He did not want that to be his entire life. He wanted to pursue everything life had to offer. Acting was just a job for him, it wasn’t who he was. He was a family man and a surfer; he was not a fame-obsessed Hollywood star.
He Wasn’t Afraid Of Anything
“I’m not afraid of anything. That’s just the way I am.” Nothing scared this guy, he understood life was about taking risks because that’s where the greatest rewards are achieved.
He Kept His Life Private
Unlike many Hollywood actors and actresses, Paul Walker’s name was never making headlines for anything out of the norm. He was all business when he needed to be and a family man off the screen. He didn’t publicize his relationships and many people didn’t even know he had a daughter until the news of his death was announced. He wasn’t an attention seeker, he was just a straight up hardworking man who wanted to make the most out of his life.
R.I.P. Paul Walker, you will be missed.
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