"He lived with integrity, humanity and humility and seemed most happy when talking about his daughter, Meadow,"Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
"It was always the number one topic we would talk about. We would talk about silly guy things, his fast cars and my pickup trucks, or we would talk about the beautiful energy of Hawai’i — but it always ultimately came back to family. And very specifically the beautiful and important bond between a father and his daughter, and how we both realized that over the years. Not surprisingly, when I got the news that he had passed away, the first words out of my mouth were, “He has a daughter.” It’s very sad. We can’t help but to hope that their final time together was beautiful and strong and an amazing memory."Paul Walker's Dad:
"She's so sweet and beautiful…I'm gonna have a real hard time talking with Meadow. I really am. It's gonna be a tough deal. Gonna be real rough," he told E! News and mentioned that all he's been able to do so far is "give her a hug and kiss. It's hard to get to Meadow because she's got so many people close to her that are loving her and we want that."
“She’s really broken up, [she took it] really hard. Paul was so close to her. He wanted to take a little hiatus so he could spend [more time with her]. He said dad, ‘She’s 15, she’s going to be gone soon."
"He told me recently he was the happiest he'd ever been," close friend Brandon Birtell
tells PEOPLE. "It was directly because of the growing relationship with his daughter and the clarity that brought to his life."
"It really affected him that he missed time with her in her early years because he was working,"
In fact, despite the fact that the free-spirited Walker "liked the freedom of having no roots, she was the only thing he couldn't stand being away from,” adds Birtell
. So much so that Meadow and her dad would coordinate schedules to provide for ample father/daughter time together. Shares Britell
: "Paul told Meadow he didn't want to take a particular movie because he didn't want to be away from her. [Meadow] asked where it would be shooting and he gave her the dates and said, 'Overseas.' She thought for a minute and said, 'That's during my summer vacation. We can do that.' "Must read the interview of Paul Walker’s Manager Matt Luber: "Looks Back On 18 Years Growing Up Together"
"He was going to do a Nicholas Sparks love story, The Best Of Me
. We had wanted to do a love story for most of his career, and the stars finally aligned and we found the perfect one. He was in the final stages of negotiating to do that after Agent 47
. After that, he was committed to taking a significant break to be with his daughter.”
“It was the biggest struggle in his life, from when she lived in Hawaii with her mom in her younger years, to when she came to California and he was working a lot,” Luber said. “He had become more discerning in his choices, and movies became less the priority. The last couple of years with her had an amazing effect on him. They connected and developed a nice relationship which he was determined to have before she graduated high school.”This is according to two of his closest friends, Ronn Shikari and Vince Krause, who both live in Hawaii.They’ve both seen the love Paul has for Meadow and say he was sick of filming abroad and away from his daughter. That is why he was due to retire from acting and lead a life away from the limelight, so that he could get to know his daughter even more."He was a family man and I know it hurt him to be spending so much time away from Meadow on location; he loved being with his daughter, she was his world. That’s why he wanted to retire from acting and talked to his family about it, as he’d achieved everything he wanted to achieve."‘Paul was one of the best people I have ever known,’ he added. ‘He was as selfless a person as I have met. He loved being a father and it was very clear that his daughter was the most important thing in the world to him."Paul Walker talked about his daughter, MeadowSOURCE
Walker arrived in Austin with a full brood in tow, including his father and his only child, 14-year-old Meadow. He credited his daughter, who after spending most of her life in Hawaii with her mother recently started living with him full-time, with a new found sense of grounding. “My heart was desperate for so many years with the situation with my daughter. She’s living in Hawaii and she’s there and I’m running here. My daughter lives with me full time now and she’s the best partner I’ve ever had. It’s so nuts. I’ve never had anything like this in my life. I’ve been so transient, I’ve been on my own since I was 16. I didn’t even have my own place until I was 32 years old. I literally lived out of bags for 16-plus years.”
Transitioning from vacation Dad to full-time Dad has inspired a shift in priorities. “There’s a part of me who feels like I’m making up for lost time,” he says. “I was like ‘Okay that’s it, I’m not working, leave me alone.’ Just recently they came at me with an offer of something going in the summertime, and I wanted to punch them in the face for even coming to me with it. ‘You know what my priorities are right now, why are you even tempting me with this?’ I got home and I was just pissed off and my daughter was like ‘What’s the matter?’ And I told her what happened and she mellowed me out and she’s so funny. She sits me down and she’s like ‘When does it go? What months? I like to travel in the summertime anyway.’ So I said ‘We should actually entertain this one?’ and we both sat down and read it. We’re thinking about it.”SOURCE
Driving his daughter, Meadow Rain, to school in the morning, "I just shut up, sit back and stay quiet," he told PEOPLE in 2011, when she was about to turn 13. "She opens up and reveals a whole lot. The trick is to not ask questions, just listen. I'm figuring it out." Meadow spent her early years living in Hawaii with her mom, but Walker and McBrain shared custody and the toddler often visited her dad on his movie sets before moving back to California. When she was 7, Walker taught her to surf: "Every day I pick her up from school and we go out on a longboard," Walker told PEOPLE in 2006. "She really loves it." A few years ago, Walker offered up his L.A.-area house for Meadow and her mom to stay in, and was helping her adjust to a new school. "She's starting all over. She's doing well," he proudly told PEOPLE in 2011. "She's a warrior, that one, so she has no difficulty making friends."SOURCE
In his August interview with GQ U.K., Walker opened up about how his daughter encouraged him to keep acting. (He was set to appear in six movies from 2013 to 2014.) "It's so funny, my daughter now lives with me full time and my original plan was to work up until I was 40 then reassess my life, even go in a completely different direction with things," the California native explained. "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?SOURCE
"My baby wasn't planned," said Walker. "I wasn't married, out of wedlock, the whole bit. (I was) finding my step with it. I'm still finding my step. I think you always are. I'm five times the father that I was five years ago. Your head's more in it. Your heart's more in it. You can't force it. You want to be better at it, just something hasn't clicked yet."SOURCE
"I think my mom said it best," Paul Walker told PARADE in 2009. "She said, 'Little girls soften their daddy's hearts.'" The actor was close to his 15-year-old daughter Meadow – in 2011, she moved from Hawaii to California to be near him. "She's a bit more like her mother [Rebecca]," he told PEOPLE in 2011. "But she's also how I am innately. [Meadow]'s more of a free roamer and she appreciates the little stuff."SOURCEOn His Hopes for His Daughter (she was 5 years old at the time of this interview)
“I have a daughter and she’s been going on camping trips with me recently. It’s important to me that she experiences those things and grows while doing all that. I think sometimes it may be overwhelming for her because of who her daddy is and what he does. I hope it never gets to a [bad] level, but there’s a chance it will, and I just know that the only way to offset that would be to make the outdoors a key part of her life. Being out in nature is a big part of the way I am the way I am today. I was really freaked out [about becoming a dad]. The whole thought of being a dad was scary to me. It’s kind of like that Creed song that says, I don’t know if I’m ready/To be the man I have to be. Every day, you find yourself scratching your head, going, ‘Wow am I really? I guess I really am! I would imagine that even when I’m 40 and looking at her, I’ll still be going, I’m a dad! It’s just pretty wild. I don’t think it’s anything you get fully used to, because I don’t think anybody thinks that they’re truly prepared or ready for that.”SOURCE
In one of his final interviews, Walker recently told WENN he was enjoying life as a dad to his teenage daughter Meadow after revealing she had moved in with him last year.
He said, “She started living with me last year just when I was leaving to go to work on Fast (& Furious 6). It’s really kind of tearing on me trying to maintain the balance. She just turned 15 and it’s a critical time. I’m big with analogies so I look at it like this big rocket ship and she’s on this launching pad.
“I want to get the trajectory right. It’s just me and my daughter and I’m gonna be her dad for the rest of our lives so I want it to be cool. I sure as hell don’t want to be looking back and go, ‘F**k, what if, and I should’ve been home more’. She’s super supportive and is like, ‘No, go; this is what you do’. I’m like, ‘We’ve got three years and you’re gonna be out of the house. How much longer before you show up with Johnny?’
“We’re really honest with each other which is cool. She tells me what her needs are and tries to be a little tougher than I want her to be sometimes. I want her to be more revealing like, ‘You’re not home enough…’ I want her to say those things.”SOURCE
"I'm glad I had her at 25, because at 40 and 15, we're matching up sweet. It's just working," the blue-eyed star told Us at an event for his film Hours in mid-November. "It's perfect."SOURCE
Paul Walker Filming 'Hours'
“This father is doing everything he can to just keep things going, keep electricity going, to keep this little baby going,” Walker said. “My little girl means the whole world to me. I really want to believe that if I was placed in the same situation that I would rise above, that I would be able to see it through the end and do what it would take to make sure my baby came out on top.”SOURCE
Walker, in an interview he had given to Greece’s MTV show “Movie & Stars,” among other things, said: “Greece is my place. My daughter has Greek origins as her mother is half Greek, half Swedish. Her maiden name is Sotiropoulos. I visited Greece as well during the summer Olympic Games, back in 2004.”Paul Walker has a tattoo
the tattoo on his right inside wrist is visible and simply reads: Meadow.
This leads to the logical assumption that it refers to his daughter Meadow Rain and makes the tattoo even more plausible and real.