"He was in the room. There's no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just ... knew he was there. It felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world," the actor said in an interview with NBC Today, with the confession holding a visible emotional weight over him. Pauline was reported to have been born right around when first screening of Furious 7 was underway at the SXSW festival.
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker had a friendship rooted deeper than merely their on-screen camaraderie, one that had not faded in the light of their hectic acting careers; considering him family and commented on how he “lost a brother” when the actor died in a car accident in 2013.