Last night I had the opportunity to meet Noel Guglielmi aka Hector from the Mega Hollywood Fast Franchise or better known The Fast and The Furious at his church Praise Chapel Whittier in Whittier California. NoelG is best known for starring in the Hit Film back in 2001 where he plays Hector who organizes the race between Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner) and Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto) which was later interrupted by police in the scene. It was a first for the genre with Fast cars, Hot women, and around Criminal activities. Speaking of criminal activities…NoelG went on to star in many more films some even as the character Hector portraying similar characters typically as a Gangster or Gang Banger.
As much as I love NoelG work in tons of films as this hardcore gangster type character I find it was more refreshing to hear his story. At the PCWBlast he talks about his past. How fame hit him so big after the Fast and Furious movie he was almost completely lost…like how does one deal with all the attention, the money, the girls…but to take it back to his roots on how he actually got into the film industry it all started I guess with a Taco Bell commercial. After years bouncin around since as he said at age 13(or maybe it was 15)his parents put $500 in his hand and said split. He then lived on the streets, parks, sleeping anywhere he could. Couch to couch he met a girl who brought him in. Introduced him to God if I recall. He said he was more concerned to please her and did anything to be able to have a place to stay including as people call it Dirt..! In all this one day he was in an acting class acting up or acting out interrupting the class crackin jokes there happened to be a producer there and liked how funny he was and offered him a chance to be in a taco bell commercial. It ended up on rotation daily for up to a year and he was getting royalty checks. Enough that he was able to support himself. Since he liked the money and thought this is pretty cool…he asked for more opportunities and he got them. He actually talks about being the guy doing like the training videos employees would watch when they get hired. Over time he began doing more roles in films but the big break was The Fast and The Furious which really put him on the map. After that he blew up so to speak…you can check out his IMDB and he today has well over a 150 credits mostly portraying again a tough guy, gang related type cast character.
So how does this lead to me getting to meet him at a church in Whittier. Well as he puts it no matter how much money he made(getting his first big ass check-like real money from the first Fast movie)he still felt empty. He felt lost. No VIP parties, money, girls or fame really fulfilled him. He ended up going full circle back to doin dirt. He actually said his needs became so big he and his homies planned a robbery(and this is after he was in a bunch of major hollywood movies)and they pulled it off without getting caught. It’s like you can have it all and your still not fulfilled. So basically after years of not feeling fulfilled with having it all…he realized it was because of how he saw himself. He became something he didn’t really want to be. I can tell this guy is a good guy behind all the Gangster image. He seemed like he was actually pretty cool and nice…ha…right…geez I hope so right lol. No but seriously. It’s not everyday you get to hear the word from the bible from a more colorful gangster type look and spoken word. It’s like this guys has something you know…like a really cool persona and the way he talks that gets your attention(nothing like me in Sunday School or in Mass at my Private Catholic School-very dry no real humor a kid my age could relate to from a Priest who’s like 70 speaking to us like we live in the last century). I was glued to his every move, the way he paced around the stage speaking gospel, talkin to the youth in such a way that wasn’t hey you did this wrong go say a bunch of hail mary’s and you’ll be cool. This is a whole new generation they are gettin all kinds of stuff filling their smart phones, tablets, at school on the tv they are constantly being fed the images of the let’s say the Mtv generation. You know the glitz, the bling…like all the rap videos flossin. I mean it works…kids dig nice things like anyone else. So he’s more or less like yo…that’s cool and all but it’s not enough…at least for him it’s wasn’t-he’s lived it all, had it all and lost it all and came back to have it all again but this time or should I say around 2008…he found Jesus Christ…God. Having access to anything and everything…nothing fulfilling him but God his faith, his wife, his beautiful kid…he began to realize what was really important to him and that now centered around his faith in God which helped him become a better Hector, a better Dad, Husband…overall just loving himself. So much so he’s out there sharing his story in churches all over the country and right here in SoCal every Tuesday at the Praise Chapel Whittier. Without going much deeper or acting like I’m trying to push God on any of my readers…the thing is. It’s not for everyone…but all I can say is…or he said. His life has been a lot more positive with God in his life than it ever was without. I understand it myself. I grew up myself with many challenges that most people have no clue about. I have my faith that I never push it on anyone but it’s there. Don’t get me wrong I’m no saint but having something you believe in a higher power than ones self…sometimes it’s all anyone needs. I can’t tell you how to live your life and maybe NoelG can’t either…but if you like the characters he plays or the Fast franchise I say it can’t hurt to give the guy a look. He’s very entertaining to watch on screen and equally entertaining speaking the word of God. I’d say this guy is One In a Million…No Doubt..!
I’m going to leave some links below that might help you learn more about NoelG and his movement he calls Godsterz which includes a Production Company making Christian Films(it would certainly be a dream to work with him one day if you happen to read this NoelG;), a clothing line with the more street look your used to seeing him play but with phrases like ‘Straight Out Godster’ or ‘Don’t Be a Paper Chaser Be a God Chaser’. I dig it…I mean I grew up listening to NWA, Ice Cube, Ice T. The lyrics are not for kids yet I was a kid listening to it. Though the fact I grew up going to Private Catholic School till a tragedy happened to my family and they had to pull me out since they could no longer afford it…silly me I’d change the cuss words into something more appropriate since my mom was against the language and to this day(I have to say my words are a bit more colorful as my tweets etc-I’ve even had people Stop following me cause of the way I speak or talk-ok only one person and they ended up following me again from a new account(like YO YO YO Wazup…yada yada…so I too have my persona but’s it’s just a reflection of my life…thankfully a lot more guided thanks to my folks who kept me in line)-it’s just cause of the environment I grew up near a ghetto for a hot second then my family moved us up by our church which was also my private school as soon as they could afford and it took me years to figure myself out always feeling poor or not good enough compared to the Rich Kids my peers…but my roots are very hood like…like when I was 5…don’t laugh…I’m serious(let’s just say I was so out there that I actually Failed First grade after being on the wrong side of town-that I’m sure wasn’t cool for my folks who were paying a large tuition for me to be there-one example my very first day of Private School all the big kids 8th graders got into a big fight on the playground and for some reason I jumped in…like it was the kind of crazy stuff going on in my hood…I had all these big ass kids lined up outside my 1st grade room and lil ol me…seriously had to sit in the chair in front of the Principal…ya I got in trouble…wasn’t a great way to introduce myself to my school-the priest a Vietnamese used to call me Lil Devil…hello…thank God I got out soon enough and got around a completely different lifestyle I’m proud to say I was able to get a good education thanks to my folks who against all odds manged to some how. So for me…yes I thank God my folks worked their ass off to get me into a better life and circles compared to most in my early neighborhood never made it anywhere-no hope for them…they could only see what opportunity was around them and let’s just say it wasn’t a positive one. My pops followed his dreams to be a professional photographer and I grew up in his shadow working since I was 10 years old with him((we are extremely close and I’m very close to my family))…it taught me to value people, money, my beliefs and values. So long of the short…it’s cool to connect with a dood who has that gangster image but with his fame can use that to leverage it to get his Godsterz message out.
Go get it..!
NoelG Social Links…
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If you’d like to check out where NoelG speaks the word of God please support his movement over at
Praise Chapel Whittier | PCWBlast
I’m in no way getting anything from NoelG to post this and my faith and my beliefs are my own(in fact it took me three hours to drive in from Malibu where I’m staying and I gave the ministry a few bucks donation because I believe in what they are doing is all)…I am just a passionate guy and I feel this guy is too…I got the opportunity to meet him last night and get my photo taken with a cool celebrity. I just walked right into the church like any of you can and learned about it via his Instagram page. I just happened to be down here for some meetings and an Expo called Siggraph…and saw this as an opportunity to meet him. I’m a fan of his work and only recently learned he was a Godster…I certainly had no idea based on his image and character he plays in roles in Hollywood Films. I will say…it was an honor to meet him and I even ended up on his Facebook page of our photo together and the church instagram started following me after I posted our pic(of course I followed back). I’ll leave a couple pics. 🙂
NoelG speaking to the Youth at his PCWBlast Movement at Whittier Church his family attends(Update: He is now divorced and taking a break from some things including attending).
Above NoelG and Youth after an Ice Bucket challenge at PCWBlast Tuesday Night Worship…
Above NoelG takes time to talk to everyone and the backdrop is a where you can get a photo…
Above Ryan Brown Aka: Filmguy & Actor/Godster NoelG in a photo opp after Worship..!