Freddie Prinze Jr. Gets Emotional About Late ‘She’s All That’ Co-Star Paul Walker
It’s hard to believe Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker would have been 44 years old yesterday. The actor was only 40 when he died in a tragic car accident back in 2013.
Paul was loved by so many Hollywood friends — including his 1997 She’s All That co-star, Freddie Prinze Jr.
In fact, Freddie got choked up in a recent interview while reminiscing about his wonderful pal.
“When Paul came into audition, I didn’t have cast approval, but I had what they called consultation,” he told Us Weekly, recalling his experience meeting Paul for the first time during the audition process.
“I knew Paul was the right guy, and when he finished the audition, I asked if I could excuse myself to go to the bathroom.”
He continued, “I ran outside where his car was parked. I said, ‘Hey man, you’re gonna get this job.’ They didn’t pay us anything. It was a small movie. [I said], ‘They’re gonna offer you $25,000, they have $75 in the budget. Don’t say no.'”
The dad of two then cleared his throat, apologizing for getting emotional.
“He was a good dude…I don’t like talking about him, probably because I get choked up.”
And the rest was history.
As we all know, Paul got the role in the 1999 rom-com as Dean Sampson, who bet his friend Zack Siler, played by Freddie Prinze Jr., to turn a nobody into the prom queen.
And apparently the nice gesture had a great impact on the late actor.
Freddie continued, “I heard, years later, after he passed away, that he had told his brother and his mom that story.”
It's still not easy...... 2 years ago today... We lost our brother..... Today I'm just gonna lay low and process..... Clarity through Prayers and perspective is what I always seek and pray for.... With a heavy heart I post this..... Please continue to pray for the Walker family and his real friends who was with him every single day.... They're some of the best and strongest people I know...... I know you're in heaven smiling and rooting for us all..... #RIH ( Rest in heaven ) -
He concluded, “To hear that, that meant a lot to him to share that. I loved that there was still that connection there. As an actor, you don’t want guys to suffer if they don’t have to. Right? You’re like, ‘Dude – you got the part!’ He was a good dude.”
We love that Paul’s friends and co-stars continue to honor his memory with personal stories like these.