The late actor’s teenage daughter was a big inspiration for him to reconcile with his ‘fun’ younger years and become a responsible adult. He recognized Meadow’s bright future, and felt compelled to be there for her to help her realize her potential.
A few months before his untimely death on Nov. 30, Paul Walker admitted that he had been scared to become a father, and was even more nervous about learning the nuances of raising a teenage girl. But when his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker came to live with him full-time in his Calif. home, he explained that he wanted to nurture her potential and reconcile with his own past.
Paul Walker Raising Daughter Meadow: Late Actor Was Making Peace With Past
Paul, 40, was in awe of his teenage daughter, and she inspired him to be a dedicated parent. “I look at her like she’s this rocket ship, and I’m the launching pad,” Paul thoughtfully told Us Weekly after his daughter moved in with him full-time.
Not only did he see the huge potential that his daughter held, he wanted to do his part to make sure she was raised right. “I want to get the trajectory right,” he had explained, continuing his metaphor.
Paul explained that when he was younger, he didn’t have such clear family goals. “I was into having fun,” he told Us. “I was an animal.”
Paul Walker Wanted To Spend As Much Time With Daughter As Possible
Paul wanted to make the most of his time with Meadow. “I tell Meadow, ‘We’ve got three years [before college] and then you’re going to be out of the house!'” he said of his incentive to make up for lost time.
Meadow had an understandable response to her dad’s super emotional worries at the time, but now her words are particularly heartbreaking since their time together was cut short too soon. “She’s like, ‘You’re talking like I’m going to be gone forever,'” Paul said.
— Kristine Hope Kowalski