When Paul Walker passed away in November 2013 in the middle of filming Furious 7, his tragic death was obviously upsetting for everyone — his fans included. But aside from his family, I can't imagine his sudden death affected anyone more than the cast of the movie. Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have both spoken extensively on Walker's passing, and Diesel even named his new daughter Pauline in his memory. Now, Michelle Rodriguez is speaking out about Paul Walker's death, and it's heartbreaking to hear how much she struggled with losing her friend and cast mate.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez talked about how she "went pretty crazy" after Walker died in an attempt to feel something, but then one day, she was hit with a new clarity that helped her find the direction she was looking for in her life:
I just woke up [one morning] with a profound respect for living. I stood tall one day and I said, "You know what, Michelle? Stop f—ing hiding. Go manifest." And all of a sudden, I picked myself up and started hustling.
And since then, she seems to be doing way better — especially if her Instagram is any indication. Rodriguez's adventures so far in 2015 have shown that she has really started living, and it's inspiring to see proof that it is possible to pick yourself back up after being buried in grief and begin living life to the fullest again.
She celebrated Christmas on the beach
I know everyone always sings about a white Christmas, but I think the beach is the way to go. Between the sun shining and the waves crashing, it's pretty much the best place to relax and think about Santa, don't you agree?
She hung out with Snoop Dogg
This is something most of us will never get to do. Props, Rodriguez. Props.
She stood on her head in New Zealand
Many people cannot stand on their head. Many people will never go to New Zealand. And judging by the rest of the photos from her adrenaline-packed trip, she's definitely going to remember it forever.
She went sky diving
What's more life affirming than jumping out of a plane? It's scary and wonderful all at the same time, and for Rodriguez, who loves anything adventurous like this, I'm sure it was so much fun.
She got to see the most breathtaking, snowy scene
When in doubt, travel. It definitely seems to have done wonders for Rodriguez.
And she went to Paris
Rodriguez is right. The Eiffel Tower (and basically any landmark) is an awesome symbol of resilience. No matter what happens, it's still standing — and so is she.