Rodriguez ‘Went Crazy’ Following Co-Star’s Death, ‘Furious 7’ Star Speaks Out

It appears Hollywood actress Michelle Rodriguez “went crazy” after the tragic loss of her Furious 7 co-star, Paul Walker.

In a brutally honest interview with Entertainment Weekly, the San Antonio, Texas native revealed how she “went pretty crazy” after learning of 40-year old Walker’s death in a freak car accident back in November 2013. Rodriguez had known Walker for 16 years, and during the majority of that time the two had worked together on the Fast and Furious franchise (which began back in 2001), now estimated to be worth $1.7 billion.

While Rodriguez went crazy, the public was treated to a seeming onslaught of images of the unmarried and childless 36-year old cozying up to British supermodel Cara Delevigne, partying with Justin Bieber on a yacht, and spending personal time with Zac Efron in Europe. As the Daily Mail reports, when Rodriguez ‘went crazy’, she admits that it was a period in which she turned to sex and wild, raucous adventure: a “binge,” as she calls it, that took her out of her “right mind.”

Rodriguez came to prominence as a female boxer in the 2000 movie, Girlfight. Since then, the actress, screenwriter, and DJ – dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most visible Latinas in Hollywood” – has starred mostly as tough, independent women. This is one of the few times she has shown her vulnerability. Rodriguez explains that she went crazy because Walker had been the deepest guy she knew. And she’d known him for a long time; he was her rock.

“I could see Paul once every two years and just know there was another human on the planet who’s deep like me, who loves like that. When that disappears, you wonder, ‘Wait a minute, what do I hold onto?'”

Indeed, Rodriguez had seemingly nothing left to hold onto and “went crazy” instead, but it was at the start of 2015 that she took a hold of herself and started to properly work on the grief and pain of losing Walker, who left behind a daughter. It must have been strange, certainly, working with the late actor’s brothers. As the Inquisitr reported last year, the cast had scenes to finish in Furious 7 that called for body doubles for Walker’s part as the blue-eyed, dab-hand-behind-a-wheel, cop-turned-outlaw Brian O’Conner. Enough to cause anyone to go a little crazy.

As Fox News reports, Furious 7 premiered at the SXSW Festival on March 16 this year. The film will hit theaters nationwide on April 3. With Walker’s final role readying for its long-awaited release, perhaps Rodriguez feels a sense of closure advancing. This recent admission that she “went crazy” seems to be a cathartic exercise. Perhaps it is the actress’ way of finally laying the past to rest.

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