Aaron Paul, when the set gives you not only fame, but also your… best friend



For years the idea has been widespread that it is impossible to create deep and sincere relationships in the world of entertainment. But is not so. Someone has succeeded. Does it tell you something "Breaking Bad"?

We could write here the biography of Aaron Paul, 42 years old. But, perhaps, it would be superfluous. Because the actor was the co-star of one of the best known and most acclaimed series of all time: Breaking Bad. Thanks to which he has won three Emmy Awards (2010, 2012, 2014). The notoriety of him to the general public, therefore, is not really called into question.

Because this fiction, produced in 62 episodes, had an incredible success: its ending was seen by over 10.3 million viewers, and was defined by most critics as a true masterpiece. Just to understand, in 2013, the Writers Guild of America placed it in 13th place among the best-written series of all time

Aaron Paul, aka Jesse Pinkman

Jesse Pinkman – this is his character in the fiction – is a young drug addict who has moved away from his family of origin and has entered into business with some highly disreputable Mexican drug traffickers. At some point in his life, he is blackmailed by his former high school chemistry professor, aka Walter White, and his life takes an unexpected turn (for both of us).

Aaron Paul's life before Breaking Bad

Not that Breaking Bad was Aaron Paul's first experience in the world of acting (although it was by far the most important). First, there were some video clips, then the films Cost What It Cost (2000), Bad Girls (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), The Last House on the Left (2009), Funny or Die Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2010).

In addition, the actor has also appeared in several television series such as A Family of the Third Kind, CSI: Miami, E.R., Veronica Mars, The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds and Bones. All interesting experiences, but only the prelude to what he would do next with Bryan Cranston.

With which there is a funny anecdote: the character played by Aaron Paul, according to the script, was supposed to die during the first season. Maybe the fifth, sixth episode.

But after seeing the feeling that existed between Paul and the lead actor, it was decided to "keep him alive" and see where that feeling would lead the fiction. Somehow, therefore, it can be said that Bryan Cranston "saved the life" – at least cinematically speaking – of the young colleague. "If they had killed me they would have broken my heart," the actor later commented.

The Breaking Bad Movie

Paul also starred, years after the series ended, in the sequel film, El Camino. "We were talking with producer Vince Gilligan about celebrating the show's tenth anniversary," said the actor. At the end of the phone call he said that there was a story he was working on "and he wanted to know what I thought about it."

The producer explained to him that he wanted to tell the story of Jesse post-Breaking Bad, after the escape from the structure of the neo Nazis.

«'Would you be interested?' He asked me. I told him: “Vince, I would entrust my life to you. If it's a story you want to tell, I'm happy to do it with you ”. He replied: “I will not make the film until you are convinced that it is perfect. I will contact you when I have finished the script ”. Seven months later he did it, and the script was great. "

Getting back to that role, for the actor, was "easy. It was like visiting an old friend. What I found interesting, however, was the scene where Jesse has his happy days. I haven't played that guy in a long time, and I've been waiting for that scene for all of the shots. '

While filming, “We were blown away by a lot of great memories from the show. It was enough to put those characters back together ».

Branston reprized his role as Walter White in a flash-back cameo in El Camino, and that was the last time the pair were seen together on screen.

Aaron Paul and his friendship with Bryan Cranston

While filming the series that led them to success, the two also formed a beautiful friendship. And this despite the jokes of Bryan Cranston to the young colleague. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paul recounted the cruel jokes of the protagonist.

At one point, knowing he wasn't going to "die" right away, Aaron Paul thought he had signed up to shoot a complete series. And then, at least for the first two and a half seasons, "but every time I picked up the script I thought: 'This time it's over, I'm out.' And Cranston certainly didn't help me! On the contrary. He said to me: "Hey, did you read the new script?". And I: "Did they give it to you?". He then gave me a big hug saying “Hey man, it had to end sooner or later. But at least get out of the scene with weapons at the ready ”».

Rightly, Paul thought he had been taken out of production. “When I asked him what he was talking about, he would say 'Read it and call me if you need comfort.' And then he went away like that! ». Cruel.

Partners also in business

But their friendship also led them to become business partners: Paul and Cranston co-founded the liquor brand Dos Hombres, as living proof of their friendship, which is deep and sincere.

"I immediately fell in love with this man," said Aaron Paul of the colleague. “It is impossible not to love him. Impossible! … He became one of my closest friends very soon, my mentor. Someone I can confide in. And when [Breaking Bad] ended, it was a very difficult goodbye. '

Many times, he explained, when you shoot a show, a movie, a comedy, “it's like going to summer camp. You have become the best friend of these people but you know that eventually the paths will separate. You go back to your normal everyday life and you realize that it is difficult to keep in touch ».

The two of them, on the other hand, demonstrated how a true friendship can also arise between one joke and another (and between a creation of a methamphetamine and another, it would be better to say).

Aaron Paul's life post Breaking Bad

After filming Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul starred in another popular series, Westworld based on the 1973 film of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton. Here he plays Caleb Nichols, a former war veteran who has since become a carpenter in Los Angeles and, when he happens to, does some criminal jobs.

"With Westworld you can't just tune in and expect to understand something, you have to focus," said Paul, one of the protagonists of the third season. "There aren't many shows like that and I love being part of something that requires your full attention."

He, among other things, has always been "a psychotic fan of Westworld. When I was asked to take part I was in the negotiation phase for another project, one step away from closing the deal. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy (the showrunners, ed) asked me to meet them to be part of their series. So I immediately blocked the other project. As far as I'm concerned, there is no one who can tell science fiction as well as the two of them ".

Westworld is the most difficult show «I have ever taken part in: we work for endless hours, especially at night. Jonathan keeps repeating that the future is more beautiful at night ».

At the end of the day, "we are all exhausted but happy to be back on set with Jonathan and Lisa: they are like two young lovers, one always supporting the other. They are the true power couple and they create an incredible environment to work in, with their love that oozes everywhere ».

Love for Aaron Paul

Speaking of power couple, he too found the woman of his life ten years ago: in 2012 he began dating director Lauren Corinne Parsekian, with whom he had two children, Story Annabelle (2018) and Ryden Caspian ( 2022).

Host of the Jimmy Fallon Show, Aaron Paul told a very sweet detail that binds his son to his great friend. "I asked Bryan on his birthday if he wanted to be our baby's godfather," he said. Cranston, joking as always, 'said no. He is very busy. No, I'm kidding, he was very excited and honored. I love that man to die for. He is one of my best friends in the world ».

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