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Aaron Paul

  • American actor
  • Born August 27, 1979

Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he won several awards, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2014), the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (2013), and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. This made him one of only two actors to win the latter category three times (2010, 2012, 2014), since its separation into drama and comedy.


I saw a lot of people have success handed to them that then exploited it. They didn't protect it or cherish 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 need to listen to chill music when I'm driving. It prevents road rage.




I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man or any of that. I'm a character actor.




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.




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.




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.




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 love diving into different skins, skins that make me feel deep emotions.




I drive a 1965 Shelby Cobra. I love classic muscle cars.




I've been a fan of Burberry for a very long time and they've been so supportive of me for many years.




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.




My family never owned a home. We leased.




I love everyone over at Netflix. They're all fantastic and an absolute joy to work with.




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.




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.




My favourite job hands down - and I think I can speak for everyone involved - was 'Breaking Bad.'




My heart is in independent film-making. For me, it's where the fun, gritty storytelling is being told.




The first part of my career, how I was paying the bills was commercials. I was just doing tons of commercials.




I'm not a leading man.




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 have 14 nieces and nephews.




I'm obsessed with Radiohead. They're just the greatest band on the planet.




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 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.




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.




You feel like you're really a part of a movement when you're singing Journey at a karaoke bar.




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've been snowboarding my whole life. My wife's really good, and I just try to keep up with her.




My wife and I do not argue. We communicate. We talk. But we've never fought in our entire relationship.




If everyone were a good person, it'd obviously be a better world.




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.




I think that for some people faith is good - they have something to draw to.




I knew that I tend to always gravitate to the indie side of things.




I've grown so much, not just as an actor, but as a human being.




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.



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