Vin Diesel Accepts Teen Choice Award: 'Paul Walker Is Here in Spirit with Us'
Walker's daughter Meadow was in attendance as Diesel told the audience: "One of the best lessons in our lives is the fact that we had the opportunity call Pablo our brother"
Vin Diesel told the crowd at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards that his Fast and Furious costar Paul Walker was there “in spirit” and that Paul’s teen daughter Meadow was in the house as he accepted the “really special” award for choice movie: action/adventure.
“We make these movies with our hearts. We really are a family. My kids refer to Luda as ‘Uncle Luda,’ ” he said in the speech. “We are a true, true, true family. You fans have been so incredible to us and have encouraged us and made us reach higher each time.”
But, he continued, “I can’t stand here and be rewarded like this without talking about somebody very important to us. One of the best lessons in our lives is the fact that we had the opportunity call Pablo our brother. Paul Walker is here in spirit with us.”
“And since this is a Teen Choice Award, you beautiful teens, there is one teen in the audience that is a part of the family that kept us going,” he said. “It’s Paul Walker’s family – his parents and his brothers – that kept us encouraged while we were making Furious 7, but there is one very, very special teen here, and her name is Meadow Walker.” (Diesel is Meadow’s godfather, and he named his recently born daughter Pauline in honor of his friend and “brother,” who died unexpectedly in a single-car crash in November 2013.)
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Though Meadow, 16, did not appear on stage, her “uncle” Ludacris – who served as co-host of this year’s ceremony – also had the honor of announcing that her father had won the surfboard for choice movie actor: action/adventure.
Costar Michelle Rodriguez closed the speech: “We miss you, and we will always, always love you Paul.”
As the castmates walked off stage, Ludacris patted Diesel on the back, and Diesel held up a heart with his hands as fans yelled, “I love you.”