NEW ORLEANS -- Actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash Saturday, was best known for his roles in the "Fast and the Furious" series, but he told Eyewitness News in a 2012 interview that his passion was marine biology.
“I actually always wanted to be a marine biologist. Even when things started popping for me, it happened out of circumstance,” Walker said.
In May 2012, he told WWL-TV that when he turned 40, he planned to get back into the field. Walker was 40 at the time of his death.
“My intention was always to go back to marine bio,” he said in 2012. “I’m still going to be a marine biologist. I’m waiting until I’m 40. It was 30 and then it pushed to 35, and now it’s 40, maybe 40 plus. But you know, that’s life. Life is balance and kinda trying to figure out what’s going on. But in the end of it all, I’ll figure out a way to have my cake and eat it too.”
In the interview, which you can watch above, Walker talks about his 2012 film “Hours” that was filmed in New Orleans, and touches on his love for New Orleans cuisine.
“I like it. It just has a lot of flavor. Just a lot of charm and good energy, and you feel it. I’m funny with food because atmosphere is huge, and I’m pretty much a blue jeans and t-shirt guy. And I’ll go to the places that I’m supposed to go, and a lot of high-end spots, and it’s food, you know? And I go to Juan’s Burrito and I’m like, this place is awesome.”