When asked about their bundle of joy, many first-time fathers pull out the wallet pictures and are armed with stories to match; New dad Vin Diesel, however, prefers to let his 1-year-old daughter Hania Riley‘s angelic presence speak for itself. “Anything that I say could just fall into the proud father category, but if the angel were here right now, I wouldn’t have to say a word,” he shares during a recent appearance on Good Morning America. “You would see it in her spirit.”

While the news of Vin’s becoming a father came as a shock to many, the actor revealed that the lack of a pregnancy announcement was intentional. “I didn’t want cameras around this event. I wanted this to be as natural as possible,” he says.

With the decision to keep the news between family and close friends, Vin turned to his Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker — father to 10-year-old Meadow Rain — for a bit of advice concerning delivery day.

“I say to Paul, ‘You know, should I be in the delivery room or how’s that going to work?’ And he says, ‘You know, so many guys will tell you, “Don’t do it…you can’t stomach it…you’ll never look at the girl the same,” [but] it’s the best thing you’ll ever do in your life,'” Vin recalls. With that, the 41-year-old “marched into the delivery room” on the big day and was witness to the entire birth.

As the interview comes to an end, Vin is prompted to share his special lullaby — La Vie En Rose — that he sings to Hania each night before she falls fast asleep. The smiling proud papa begins, “Hold me close and hold me fast…the magic spell you cast…” before walking off camera.

Hania is Vin’s daughter with girlfriend Paloma Jimenez. The new Fast & Furious is now in theaters.

— Anya