Aaron Paul Is Amazed He’s No Longer ‘Begging For Roles’
The Breaking Bad star suffered years of endless auditions after moving to Los Angeles in the ’90s. Aaron Paul is still pinching himself that he no longer has to beg for roles at audition.
The 37-year-old relocated to Los Angeles in the late ’90s after he graduated and then spent years constantly auditioning for roles and occasionally landing a commercial, a guest spot on a TV show or small roles in movies.
He first became known for his recurring role in TV show Big Love before achieving global fame with award-winning crime drama Breaking Bad, which ran from 2008 to 2013. His career completely changed following his portrayal of drug addict-turned-drug maker Jesse Pinkman and he still cannot believe he’s bagging movie roles with a simple meeting.
“It’s a beautiful thing,” he tells Total Film magazine. “I used to do anything to get a job, and it’s still crazy to me that I’m now not constantly auditioning and begging for roles. The audition process for me is such a different thing now – it’s just sitting down and having a meeting.”
Since Breaking Bad ended, he has been in films including Exodus: Gods and Kings, Triple 9, and Eye in the Sky, and he loves being able to jump between projects.
“I love hopping about from film to film. It’s really just zipping on different skins,” he explains.
“On Exodus, I traveled all over the world for four months. I was on the Canary Islands, I saw camels, I parted the Red Sea with Christian Bale,” he jokes.
Aaron became set on an acting career around the age of 12 and he worked hard in school so he could graduate as soon as possible and studied movies like Stand By Me and The Goonies.
He hated LA when he first arrived because he felt the people were “very false”. Luckily, that has all changed too.
“It’s all about the people you surround yourself with. There are some incredible, beautiful people. Like the family that I’ve chosen,” said the actor, who is married to director and actress Lauren Parsekian.
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