Vin Diesel has nothing but love for his longtime “Fast and Furious” co-stars, and according to Nathalie Emmanuel, he’s very respectful of his colleagues and extremely committed to and passionate about the “Fast” films. She also said that Diesel does everything in his power to assure the cast and crew make the best movies possible, and that all cast members have their chance to shine in each film. Overall, Emmanuel made it clear that Diesel fosters a positive working environment, wants actors on set to be the absolute best they can be, and is supportive of them in whatever way he can be.
The actress’ recent comments about Diesel are reminiscent of ones she previously shared back in 2017. Speaking with the Sun at the time, Emmanuel commented that Diesel championed for her to be a part of “Furious 7” when it initially looked like it wouldn’t work out due to her filming “Game of Thrones” at the same time. (She played Missandei, former-slave-turned-counselor who works closely with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, in the HBO series.)
“I did the screen test [for ‘Furious 7’], and we had such crazy, fun chemistry — but the dates for ‘Furious’ and ‘Thrones’ clashed. Because I was already on ‘Thrones,’ they had priority, so I had to walk away,” Emmanuel remembered. “But Vin fought for me, and [the producers] managed to make it work. I’ll be forever grateful.”
Catch Emmanuel, Diesel, and all the other “Fast” family members when “F9” lands in theaters on June 25.