Paul Walker Said Daughter Meadow, 15, Encouraged Him to Keep Acting After 40

Celebrity News Dec. 2, 2013 AT 7:20PM
Paul Walker on March 12, 2009 in Universal City, California Just three months before he was killed in a car crash, Paul Walker told GQ U.K. that his 15-year-old daughter Meadow encouraged him to keep acting after the age of 40. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty

Paul Walker's life ended way too soon. Though the 40-year-old actor had a successful career in Hollywood for nearly 30 years, Walker still had a lot he wanted to accomplish in the future. Just three months before he was tragically killed in a car accident on Saturday, Nov. 30, Walker was asked in an August interview with GQ U.K., "What do you hope to achieve before you die?"

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"I missed out on a lot when I was younger because of this game [acting]. I think people tell you you are a certain thing and so you miss out on a lot you would have otherwise experienced," the Fast and Furious actor shared. "Inside I still feel certain things calling me. That's why I was doing the shark tagging recently and will be doing it again in two weeks on an island off Hawaii. I'm also going to go do the Grouper spawning."

Throughout his life, Walker had an deep passion for marine biology. In June 2010, he appeared in the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, tagging great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.

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Walker and his pal, Roger Rodas, were killed in car accident Saturday while riding in a Porsche Carrera GT. The accident occurred shortly after Walker co-hosted a charity event with his non-profit organization, Reach Out Worldwide, to raise money for victims affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.

Rich Pena of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau shared an update with Us Weekly on Monday, Dec. 2 in the ongoing investigation of Walker's crash. "They are focusing on speed as the cause of the accident," Pena said. "It should take them a couple of days to reconstruct the accident."

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Walker is survived by father Paul Walker III, mother Cheryl Walker, brothers Cody and Caleb, sister Ashley and 15-year-old daughter Meadow.

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? Thing is, I went to a born-again Christian high school, was brought up in a traditional Mormon family where these ideas about parenting are of structure and sacrifice. To think outside of that idea of family and parenting that I've grown up with is tough, but also very freeing."

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