Tough guy Vin Diesel rose to stardom playing in macho action flicks like The Fast and the Furious and XXX. His latest project is being daddy to a baby girl with 24-year-old model girlfriend Paloma Jimenez. Vin recently sat down with Parade and dished on how much he’s enjoying fatherhood.
On how many people were surprised about the news he had a daughter: “Yes. I guess it’s because of all the tough guys I’ve put on the screen. People go, ‘You’re a dad? You’re changing diapers? What’s up with the world?’ But someone once told me that, when you have a child, it opens up parts of your heart that you never knew existed. And it is so true. It’s like you have a child and you think, ‘Everything that I’ve done up until this point is insignificant in comparison to being a father.’ It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.”
On if having a child was a spur of the moment decision: “No, I remember while I was doing Pacifier, working with babies on the set for so long, it really started to bring out this desire to have a child. And it took a couple years after that to find the right person and to hopefully be mature enough to be a great father which is really all you want to do. It’s amazing how it becomes your primary focus. ‘Am I going to be a good dad?’”
On if he had any doubts entering fatherhood: “Actually, I had a lot of practice growing up. I was the oldest of the children in my family. I had to do a lot of diaper-changing and lunch-making. I was taking my little sister to ballet, picking up my brother, sort of being a super-nanny.”
On how he earned the title “Baby Whisperer” while filming Pacifier: “That’s true. Whenever the babies started crying, they’d call me and I’d walk over and say, ‘OK, I can handle this.’ I’d pick up the baby who was crying and make this little noise, like, ‘Eeeeeee,’ and the baby would stop crying. They actually had some t-shirts made up for the crew that had ‘Eeeeeee’ on them.”
Photo: Bauer-Griffin, August 20