Actor Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident this afternoon at age 40. At the moment details are still emerging and it’s unclear what exactly happened. So rather than speculate, repeat rumors and share videos of the crash, I’d rather reflect on how much I loved him in middle school.
I remember seeing him in Pleasantville in 1998 and becoming obsessed with him immediately. While I knew I never had a chance with him in a million years, I still spent a lot of time crushing on his beautiful face. After making his debut as Skip Martin in Pleasantville (and in my heart), he went on to star in other guilty pleasure classics like She’s All That, The Skulls and the Fast and Furious franchise. I’ve spent plenty of Saturday afternoons sitting on my couch, watching his movies again and again and again.
This news just seems so incredibly random and sad that I have nothing deep or poetic to add to what’s already out there. Just wanted to say that our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.