Vin Diesel can rest assured that late-friend Paul Walker will never be far from his thoughts! The actor payed tribute to his late Fast & Furious costar by naming his new baby girl in his honour. “I named her Pauline,” Vin said on Monday (March 23) during an appearance on NBC’s Today.
"There’s no other person that I’m thinking about as I’m cutting this umbilical cord," he added. "I knew he was there and it felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my memory, a part of my world."
Little Pauline is Vin’s third child with long-term girlfriend Paloma Jimenez, and they proudly announced her arrival on 16 March. The couple are also parents to daughter Hania Riley, six, and four-year-old son Vincent.
Vin came straight from the hospital to attended the first public screening of Furious 7 – Paul’s final project, due for release on 3 April – and was understandably emotional as he paid a touching tribute to the late star.
“This was a labour of love,” Vin said as he introduced the film. “It was in some ways the hardest movie I ever had to do because the relationships you see on film are so real. When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother.”
Vin has previously spoken about how dad-of-one Paul was an important part of his “transition into fatherhood”. In a Facebook post to mark the one year anniversary of Paul’s death, Vin posted a picture of the actor with his daughter Hania along with a heartfelt message.
“He was a part of so much of my life long personal talks with my mother, or babysitting the Alpha Angel he took a certain pride in being Uncle Pablo,” Vin wrote.
“After all, we were filming a scene in FF4 the day (Hania) was born, and he being the only one I told, encouraged me to go in and cut the umbilical cord. He was an important part of my transition into fatherhood that healthy family member, with the most positive outlook on life.”
He added, “A year ago today a year of mourning and his absence still leaves me speechless. We miss you Pablo.”