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Paul in Breaking Bad.

About Aaron Paul (1979 – ____)

Aaron Paul Sturtevant, known as Aaron Paul, was born in Emmett, Idaho, the son of Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister. He is the youngest of four children and was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Paul attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho, graduating in 1998. After graduation, he drove to Los Angeles in his 1982 Toyota Corolla with his mother and $6,000 in savings. Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right on January 3, 2000. Appearing under his real name, he played and lost Dice Game and overbid by $132 on the Showcase. He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

In 1996, Paul went to Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association competition. He won runner-up in the competition and signed with a manager. He starred in the music videos for the Korn song "Thoughtless" and the Everlast song "White Trash Beautiful". He was also featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit, Corn Pops, and Vanilla Coke. He appeared in the films Whatever It Takes (2000), Help! I'm a Fish (2001), K-PAX (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Bad Girls From Valley High (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009). He starred as "Weird Al" Yankovic in the 2010 Funny or Die short Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and has guest starred on television shows such as The Guardian, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, ER, Sleeper Cell, Veronica Mars, The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Bones, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.

Paul first became known for his role as Scott Quittman on HBO's Big Love; he appeared 14 times on the show. In 2008, he began playing Jesse Pinkman on the AMC series Breaking Bad. His character was originally meant to die during the first season, but after seeing the chemistry between Paul and lead actor Bryan Cranston, series creator Vince Gilligan changed his mind and modified the original plans to include Jesse as a main character in the series. For his role in Breaking Bad, Paul was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014; he won the award in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In October 2012, he was interviewed by ESPN; he spoke about his childhood experience as a Boise State Broncos fan and discussed the challenges of portraying a meth addict in Breaking Bad. In 2012 and 2013, he made an appearance on the show Tron: Uprising, voicing a character named Cyrus.

In September 2013, he was featured on Zen Freeman's dance song, "Dance Bitch". He made a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live's 39th season opener as "meth nephew", a relative of Bobby Moynihan's popular "drunk uncle" character. In 2014, Paul starred in Need for Speed, as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate. Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama Hellion, as the drunken father of two young vandals. Also in 2014, he co-starred in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua.

In December 2013, Netflix announced that Paul will have his own animated series called BoJack Horseman: A Tale of Fear, Loathing and Animals. On March 3, 2014, he appeared on WWE Raw to promote Need for Speed, entering the arena in a sports car with Dolph Ziggler. He provided commentary for Ziggler's match against Alberto Del Rio, helping Ziggler win by distracting Del Rio. On September 23, 2014, it was announced that Paul will play the young Louis Drax's father who becomes the focus of a criminal investigation after his son suffers a near-fatal fall in an upcoming Miramax film titled The 9th Life of Louis Drax, a supernatural thriller based on a book of the same name.

In 2015, he did voiceover narration in a Mazda commercial. In 2016, Paul plays Eddie Lane, a man who in a crisis of faith joins a cult, in the Hulu series The Path. The Path debuted on March 30, 2016. Paul voiced the main protagonist, Nyx Ulric, in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV released in July 2016.

Paul became engaged to Lauren Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012. The two met at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. They were married on May 26, 2013, in a 1920s Parisian carnival-themed wedding, in Malibu, California, with music provided by Foster the People and John Mayer. Paul emailed the entire guest list the song "Beauty" by The Shivers and asked them to learn the words so they could sing along during the ceremony.

To commemorate the final episode of Breaking Bad, Paul and castmate Bryan Cranston both got Breaking Bad tattoos on the last day of filming.

In 2013, Paul and Parsekian helped raise $1.8 million for the Kind Campaign, a non-profit anti-bullying organization. The winners of the contest won a trip to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening of the final episode of Breaking Bad. During a ceremony at Boise's Egyptian Theatre, Idaho governor Butch Otter declared October 1 "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day".

Aaron Paul's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2000Whatever It TakesFloyd
2000Help! I'm a FishChuck (voice)
2001K-PAXMichael Powell
2002National Lampoon's Van WilderWasted Guy
2004Perfect OppositesMonty Brandt
2005Candy PaintBrad Miller
2005Bad Girls from Valley HighJonathon Wharton
2006Choking ManJerry
2006Mission: Impossible IIIRick Meade
2007DaydreamerClinton Roark
2008Say GoodnightVictor
2009The Last House on the LeftFrancis
2010Weird: the Al Yankovic Story"Weird Al" Yankovic
2011Quirky GirlJoseph
2012SmashedCharlie Hannah
2013Decoding Annie ParkerPaul
2014Need for SpeedTobey Marshall
2014A Long Way DownJJ
2014HellionHollis Wilson
2014Exodus: Gods and KingsJoshua
2015Eye in the SkySteve Watts
2015Fathers and DaughtersCameron
2016Triple 9Gabe Welch
2016Central IntelligencePhil Stanton
2016Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XVNyx Ulric (voice)
2016The 9th Life of Louis DraxPeter
2016Come and Find MeDavid
2018The Burning Woman
2018Welcome HomeBryan
TBAThe Parts You Lose

Aaron Paul's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1999Beverly Hills, 90210Chad
1999Melrose PlaceFrat Boy
1999Suddenly SusanZipper
19993rd Rock from the SunStudent
2000Get RealDerek
2001100 Deeds for Eddie McDowdEthan
2001The DivisionTyler Petersen
2001The GuardianEthan Ritter
2001The X-FilesDavid "Winky" Winkle
2001–2002Judging Amy"X-Ray" Conklin
2002NYPD BlueMarcus Denton
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPeter Hutchins, Jr.
2002Birds of PreyJerry
2002WastedOwen Turner
2003CSI: MiamiBen Gordon
2003Guiding LightAdrian Pascal
2003Threat MatrixShane
2004Line of FireDrew Parkman
2005Veronica MarsEddie Laroche
2005Joan of ArcadiaDenunzio
2005Point PleasantMark Owens
2005Criminal MindsMichael Zizzo
2005Sleeper CellTeen
2006BonesStew Ellis
2006Ghost WhispererLink
2007–2011Big LoveScott Quittman
2008–2013Breaking BadJesse Pinkman
2012Robot ChickenGlenn (voice)
2012–2013Tron: UprisingCyrus (voice)
2013The SimpsonsJesse Pinkman
2013Saturday Night LiveMeth Nephew
2014–presentBoJack HorsemanTodd Chavez (voice)
2016–presentThe PathEddie Lane

Memorable Quotes by Aaron Paul

[on filming Breaking Bad in Albuquerque] “ I actually hated it during the pilot. I loved working, obviously. But I would just go to work and then go back to the hotel and I couldn't find much to do. But when we started shooting the series I fell in love with the city. I'm from Boise, Idaho and it reminds me of a bigger version of that place. It's just nice to get away from the hustle of Los Angeles and the skies are endless out there. It's like a beautiful painting every day. ”

[on The Last House on the Left] “ I originally passed on it because I was like, "Why are they remaking that movie?! I hadn't even read the script but then, out of the blue, the casting director called me and then the producer, whom I'd never met, called me on my cell and said, "You just need to watch this director's last film, Hardcore (2004)". They sent it over to me and I watched it that night. Ten minutes into it, I completely saw a whole new vision of what I thought "Last House" could be with this director's vision in mind. And his film is brilliant and he's a brilliant director, so I'm every happy that I ultimately made that decision. I'm so, so proud of that film. It's a very artistic, fun, crazy, dark film [on taking the role in The Last House on the Left (2009)]. ”

“ This business can be very dangerous to young kids coming out here with the dream. Fame changes people. How can it not? It's almost impossible not to. But I'm thirty years old and have a grasp of who I am, but when you're seventeen you think you know everything, but you truly are an infant, still very much learning. ”

“ Thank you, Hollywood, for allowing me to be part of your group. ”

“ 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. ”

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

Things You May Not Know About Aaron Paul

He worked as a frog mascot at a radio station.

He was once a contestant on The Price Is Right (1972). Aaron made it to the Showcase Showdown and won a desk.

Vince Gilligan knew he wanted Aaron for the part, but he needed to convince the AMC executives that Aaron was not too attractive for the role of Jesse Pinkman before he was cast on Breaking Bad.

He auditioned for the role of Francis, the oldest son, on Malcolm in the Middle, which starred his future Breaking Bad costar Bryan Cranston.

The Goonies is the movie that most inspired Aaron Paul to leave Idaho and become an actor.

He has appeared in TV commercials for both Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola.

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Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (2008-2013)... second picture with Dean Norris... third picture with Jonathan Banks and Bryan Cranston... third picture with Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston... sixth, eighth and ninth pictures with Bryan Cranston... bottom picture with Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito.
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Paul in A Long Way Down (2014)... top two pictures with Pierce Brosnan,
Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots... third picture with Brosnan... fourth picture with Poots.
Paul, Ron Wood, and Keith Richards in Conan.
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In Eye in the Sky (2015)... bottom picture with Phoebe Fox.
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Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried in Fathers and Daughters (2015).
In Hellion (2014).
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In Need For Speed (2014)... with Harrison Gilbertson, Rami Malek, and Scott Mescudi in second picture... with Dominic Cooper in third picture... bottom Mescudi in bottom picture
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Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed (2012).
Aaron Paul, Colin Hanks, and Manu Intiraymi in Whatever It Takes (2000).