That's how former child actor Mara Wilson recalled the late Robin Williams in a post on her personal blog, in which she said she regrets not having kept in better contact with him.
Mrs. Doubtfire fans will likely remember Wilson for playing Williams's youngest daughter in the classic 1993 comedy, when she was just 6 years old. Now 27, Wilson has retired from film acting and has made a name for herself online for her level-headed view on her younger days.
The blog post also details the last time Wilson and Williams saw each other, while she was a freshman at NYU and he was filming August Rush in Washington Square Park.
"He turned around, not sure what to make of the girl in the glasses and NYU hoodie calling him like she knew him. 'It's me!' I said. 'It's Mara.' 'Oh, Mara!' He told me how grown-up I looked and asked how I liked NYU. It was small talk, but something about the way Robin looked at me made it feel like he truly cared. This was someone for whom everything mattered."
Wilson writes she worries that people will romanticize the late actor's suffering, explaining that people shouldn't assume that "to be an artist means you have to suffer, or at least wallow in old miseries." She writes, "It will only hurt them and the people who care about them."
The post also links to one written by Lisa Jakub, who played Williams's oldest daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire, with Wilson saying that Jakub expressed everything that she couldn't.
In closing, Wilson reflects on how Williams's death has given her a renewed outlook on life, and her relationships with the people she holds dear.
"In the past few days I have said 'thanks' and 'I love you' to so many people," she writes. "I'm fortunate to know people who care and have been so good to me, and it's heartening to know there are so many people who will miss Robin, too."
The Williams family is asking well-wishers to send contributions to charities close to the actor's heart in lieu of flowers. Suggested organizations include St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Challenged Athletes, USO, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.