Aaron Paul Struggled Before Landing His “Breaking Bad” Role

Aaron Paul Struggled Before Landing His “Breaking Bad” Role


SAY HI TO AARON
PAUL, EVERYBODY!>>HOW YOU DOING? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WHAT A NICE CROWD.>>Stephen: VERY NICE, VERY
NICE. YEAH, PEOPLE LOVE AARON PAUL. PEOPLE LOVE AARON PAUL.>>I LOVE YOU ALL. I LOVE YOU ALL.>>Stephen: AND WHY SHOULD
THEY NOT? YOU KNOW, WE’VE MET BEFORE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: AND YOU KNOW THAT
I’M A FAN BECAUSE “BREAKING BAD” WAS THE FIRST SHOW. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
IT WAS THE FIRST SHOW THAT I BINGED, AND YOU NEVER FORGET
YOUR FIRST. DO PEOPLE STILL–
>>I APPRECIATE THAT.>>Stephen: YEAH, YEAH, IT’S
AN INTIMATE FEELING.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: WE SPENT A LOT OF
HOURS TOGETHER. AND– YOU JUST DIDN’T KNOW IT. AND PEOPLE STILL YELL, SCIENCE
BITCH YES AT YOU EVERY DAY.>>EVERY DAY. HONESTLY, I GET CALLED A BITCH
EVERY DAY. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YEAH, IT’S
TRUE. IT’S GREAT. IT’S GREAT, YEAH.>>Stephen: WELL, THE NEW SHOW
IS CALLED “THE PATH.” WHICH IS ABOUT RELIGION, BITCH. IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT.>>IT’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT.>>Stephen: YOU GREW UP WITH A
TRUINGS ARITY. YOU’RE THE SON OF A BAPTIST
MINISTER.>>I AM. I GREW UP INIDE HOW, AND MY
FATHER IS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST MINISTER.>>Stephen: HOW DO YOU GO FROM
THE SON OF A BAPTIST MINISTER IN IDAHO TO AN ACTOR? THAT DISTRIBUTE SEEM LIKE THE
MOST DIRECT PATH.>>I WAS JUST OBSESSED WITH
MOVIES EVER SINCE I WAS A KID. I STARTED WATCHING FILMS LIKE
“STAND BY ME” AND “GOONIES” JUST OVER AND OVER–
( APPLAUSE ).>>”GOONIES” FANS. AND THAT’S WHEN I STARTED TO
SAVE UP MONEY TO MOVE OUT TO L.A. AT AGE, LIKE, 12. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: I UNDERSTAND–
>>IT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: IS THIS A TRUE
STORY. I HEARD THAT RIGHT BEFORE YOU
GOT “BREAKING BAD” OF, LIKE, A REAL LOW POINT IN YOUR CAREER? YOU WERE COMPLETELY BUSTED.>>YEAH, YOU KNOW, AS AN ACTOR
YOU HAVE A LOT OF HIGHS AND A LOT OF LOWS. MAINLY LOWS AT THE VERY
BEGINNING. AT LEAST FOR ME.>>Stephen: MOST ACTORS, LIKE
95% OF ACTORS ARE UNEMPLOYED.>>IT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: IT’S A SCARY THING
TO TELL YOUR PARENTS YOU’RE GOING TO DO.>>AND MY MAIN THING WAS NEVER
TO ASK MY FAMILY FOR ANYTHING FINANCIALLY. THIS WAS MY DREAM. SO RIGHT BEFORE “BREAKING BAD”
WAS JUST– I WAS STRUGGLING TO PAY MY RENT. I DIDN’T KNOW WHEN MY NEXT
PAYCHECK WAS COMING. AND I HAD TO ASK MY FAMILY TO
HELP PAY MY BILLS, WHICH IS JUST SO– SO EMBARRASSING. YOU KNOW, I WAS MID-20s. HAD NO MONEY. AND THEN I READ THE PILOT FOR
“BREAKING BAD,” AND I JUST EYE KNEW I HAD TO FIGHT FOR IT. AND THEY GAVE IT ON TO ME.>>Stephen: HAVE YOU EVER PAID
THEM BACK? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>I HAVE.>>Stephen: YOU PAID THEM
BACK?>>I PAID THEM BACK.>>Stephen: THAT’S A GOOD
FEELING. THAT MUST BE A GOOD FEELING.>>IT FELT GOOD, IT FELT GOOD,
YEAH.

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