Paul at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Aaron Paul Sturtevant
August 27, 1979
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lauren Parsekian (m. 2013)|
My heart is in independent film-making. For me, it's where the fun, gritty storytelling is being told.
When I first started, I just wanted to work. I wouldn't necessarily do anything, but I'd pretty much almost do anything at the very beginning.
I saw a lot of people have success handed to them that then exploited it. They didn't protect it or cherish it.
That's what's so great about television. You're able to tell this long story, where you couldn't really do that in a film because you have to tell a story in an hour and a half or two hours.
I took a whole stunt course and pretty much got certified as a stunt driver. It's ridiculous how easy it is once you understand the car and know how to do it.
People get in fights because they don't communicate, because you don't want to hurt the other person.
My father's a Southern Baptist minister. I wasn't lighting cars on fire; I just wasn't.
It's all about trying to be very careful about what your next role or what your next move is gonna be. It's all about trying to have longevity in this business and make smart choices.
It's so hard for me to kind of fall in love with comedy, but if something comes my way… I mean, I loved 'Weird,' I thought that was a really fun character.
I get random meetings, like, 'Ron Howard would like to sit down with you.' 'Really?' If 'Breaking Bad' hadn't happened, Ron Howard probably wouldn't want to sit down with me. Because he would have no idea who I was.
I'm obsessed with Radiohead. They're just the greatest band on the planet.
My favourite job hands down – and I think I can speak for everyone involved – was 'Breaking Bad.'
I definitely had a very religious upbringing. My father was just instilling good morals into us at a very young age, and it wasn't super-strict, but it was a loving, warm household.
On a big film, there's almost no way you can meet everyone. On an indie, there are 30 people and no trailers to duck into.
It's very exciting to be able to just work in this business, let alone on stuff you are extremely proud of. So it does make me a little nervous, because 'Breaking Bad' is so special. It's great being part of something so great because people pay attention to you, hopefully because you're doing good work.
You've got to be picky in this business – if you're not, then I don't think you have the option of longevity. You've got to be choosy and try and do something that's outside of the box and dangerous. I love doing stuff that excites me, gives me that adrenalin rush.
You feel like you're really a part of a movement when you're singing Journey at a karaoke bar.
I was on the snowboard team at my school, but that was the only sports team I was on. I played soccer growing up in elementary school.
It's so funny, I've done so many projects where I've been interrogated. I guest starred on almost every hour drama, and I'm always the guy they think is the bad guy but then they find out is not.
The first part of my career, how I was paying the bills was commercials. I was just doing tons of commercials.
I rode a shark once. I wouldn't recommend it. It was fun, but I thought I was going to get eaten the entire time! Nothing against sharks. I love sharks. I just don't think we are meant to ride them.
What's so great about Sundance is that they only accept such a small handful of films per year for dramatic competition, so you know when you're going to Sundance that you're going to see top-quality projects.
I was very driven in high school. I worked a bunch of odd jobs. I never partied. I never drank. I was just a theater geek who was obsessed with movies.
I think by eighth grade I knew I wanted to be an actor. I'd done church plays and stuff, but my first actual acting class was in eighth grade. I was obsessed with it.
My first gig was a Corn Pops commercial. I did the first Vanilla Coke campaign. A Juicy Fruit commercial paid my bills for years.
I gravitate toward edgy, intense, dark films that just grab you by the throat.
I got spoiled on 'Breaking Bad.' Playing the same guy for four or five seasons, you get to really explore who the character is.
I moved out to Los Angeles a fan of many people, and meeting people I put on a pedestal that just disappointed me. Without fans, this business would not exist, so I try and say that we're all on the same level.
My wife and I do not argue. We communicate. We talk. But we've never fought in our entire relationship.
I'm trying to have some longevity in this business. If that means not working for a while and just picking the right job, so be it.
I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man or any of that. I'm a character actor.
When you're mid-season, in very intense situations, it's hard not to take that home with you. Especially when you're sleeping, you can't control what you dream about. And it sneaks into the unconscious.
Yeah, I left Idaho at 17. You know, I graduated high school a year early and just, you know, the typical story, packed up my car and moved out.
I live a good life but a pretty simply life. I just store all my money under my mattress. My wife and I travel, and I bought my dream car, the Cobra.
I always gravitate towards the independent side of things, just because those are the stories I always fall in love with, but you don't really get paid, and living in Los Angeles is expensive, and I have a mortgage to pay. So it's good to jump onto a studio film and then in all my other time do small passion projects.
From the very beginning, I've always just wanted to do something I've never done before. I'm still just trying to be on that path. It's all about working with filmmakers that you believe in.
I don't even draw on my life experiences when I'm acting. I just try and make it feel like I'm living through that person's skin.
I've got to be honest and say that, growing up, I wasn't a big sports guy, but I love the camaraderie. I just love people getting together, fighting for a team and getting super-emotional about it.
With this film, 'Need For Speed,' with this, we had a blank canvas to work with. What we had to do was have fast cars, and that's it.
I think that for some people faith is good – they have something to draw to.
I need to listen to chill music when I'm driving. It prevents road rage.
I consider myself absolutely a character actor, and that's what I want as a career. I don't need to be the lead star or any of that, as long as I'm doing stuff that I'm proud of, really.
You can tell if you're going to be into a script within the first five or ten pages – if I'm not completely engaged by page 20, I just have to give up on it.
A lot of people get emotional in movies that are cartoons, but not in TV shows.
It was the roughest day of my career, my final day of shooting on 'Breaking Bad,' knowing that I will never be able to kind of zip on that skin again.
There's three networks you want to be on: It's either AMC, HBO, or Showtime.
The first album I ever bought with my own money was 'Ten.' Every single song reminds me of my childhood.
I love everyone over at Netflix. They're all fantastic and an absolute joy to work with.
My dad didn't want me to listen to Zeppelin, I think because it reminded him of his wilder days, and now he's a retired Southern Baptist minister.
I've been snowboarding my whole life. My wife's really good, and I just try to keep up with her.
I moved back to Idaho when I was 6 or 7 and then lived in a little town called Twin Falls and then moved to Boise. So quite different from L.A. I'd been to Disneyland a couple of times, and that was the closest I'd been to L.A.
I didn't come from any money, but even when I was on 'Big Love' – people think you're on a series and you're making bank.
I've been a fan of Burberry for a very long time and they've been so supportive of me for many years.