Aaron Paul Sturtevant, known professionally as Aaron Paul, is an American actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed role as Jesse Pinkman in the hit AMC series Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
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What’s up Reddit? I'm here for the next two hours to talk with you guys about whatever you want – so bring it on bitches!
I'm also helping to raise money for an amazing organization called Kind Campaign, started by my wife, Lauren (long before we started dating), that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of bullying.
You guys were incredible in supporting NCMEC with Bryan and I had a great time hanging on the RV with Dan, the Redditor who won, so I thought I’d also offer an experience through Omaze to thank you for your support. We’ll watch the finale together, cook in an RV together, roll up in Hazmat suits together, and a lot more - we got to make sure Jesse one-ups Heisenberg!
Here’s the info: http://omaze.com/breakingbad
ALL IMPORTANT PROOF: http://imgur.com/dhxbWSw
Oh also, thanks to r/breakingbad for the sweet fan art to commemorate this occasion: http://i.imgur.com/xtWJa4K.jpg
Edit: Sorry for the brief absence. I had to go pee pee in the potty.
Second edit: Hey everyone, thank you so much for taking the time to send in your great questions. It's been a pleasure spending these moments with you. I love you all and I can't wait for you to see how the writers of Breaking Bad decide to wrap it all up. Yeah bitch. Yeah, science! Yeah, Q*Bert! Talk to you soon and stay Kind everybody.
Third edit: I just spoke to one of you guys on the phone and it was awesome. So if you submit your best reason why I should call you (or prank call one of your friends) and I'll pick my top 3 favorites. Go, bitch!
Fourth edit: Thanks so much for Tuesday's AMA! I filmed a little video to commemorate my favorite moments in a new type of award show called "The Bitchies."
Fifth edit: In case you were wondering, here are 10 reasons why you should enter for the chance to cook with me in LA
HA! Honestly? That very day. I will never eat Corn Pops again.
As a chronic former meth user, I relate to the show in a somewhat different way. Did you actually hang around any meth users to prepare for your role as Jesse? Some of the acting was spot on.
First of all, good for you for stopping. Secondly, yes I spent a lot of time with former addicts and people that were using at that moment. I wanted to try and bring as much honesty to this character as I could and I saw a darker side to people that I've never witnessed before. Meth is a terrible drug, as you know, and has the ability to grab a hold of you tightly. So seriously, good for you.
What was going through your mind during this fashion show?
Hahahaha! Honestly, I have no idea. The funny thing is that I was actually really enjoying my time but these pictures say the opposite. But maybe I was a bit confused by everything that was going on in front of me.
What was the most emotionally difficult scene in breaking bad for you?
Well bitch, let me see. I honestly think the hardest scene for me to do was when Jesse woke up and found Jane lying next to him dead. Looking at Jane through Jesse's eyes that day was very hard and emotional for all of us. When that day was over, I couldn't be happier that it was over because I really, truly felt I was living those tortured moments with Jesse. So yeah bitch, that's the one.
AP, why did you get kicked out of that Radiohead concert? Did you dance too hard? Was Thom jeal of your moves?
HA! I love you for asking that. They tried to kick me out because I was standing up and dancing and at the O2 Arena if you're in the stands you have to be seated. The very next day I went to the concert and convinced everyone in my row and the row in front of us to stand and dance during a song and it created a wave like affect. Everyone was dancing and they couldn't stop us all. So fuck you O2 Arena!
AARON! If you could act on any show other than Breaking Bad, which would it be and why? Thanks for doing this AMA, bitch.
hey bitch. anything other than breaking bad...I would say Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or Game of Thrones, or House of Cards. They are so badass and addicting.
Jesse was originally supposed to be killed off in season 1 of Breaking bad, if that had happened what do you think you would be doing right now with your career?
My career would be over. And I would be a sobbing mess watching week to week on Breaking Bad.
Are you satisfied with the ending of Breaking Bad? Do you think the fans will be?
I gotta be honest. I never wanted Breaking Bad to end, simply because I'm a huge fan of the show and I didn't want to be unemployed. But after reading the final 8 episodes and understanding where the writers are going with it. I'm so happy they ended it the way they did and I think all of you will be happy as well. It's a dark, crazy ride to the final episode but it is a fun one. Yeah, bitch.
Yo, please just thank your wife for the Kind Campaign. About time someone did something about girl on girl bullying because it's always so overlooked. I'm a massive fan of you two as human beings. Stay great, bitch.
Wow that's so nice of you to say. What's your number? Let me call you and thank you personally.
Also please send it in a private message!
Has playing Jesse affected you psychologically in any way? Insomnia, depression, bad mood? Have you ever caught yourself wandering inside Jesse's mind? How different is Aaron Paul now than before playing Jesse in Breaking Bad?
That's a really good question. I actually have found myself while shooting Breaking Bad, thinking as Jesse. While playing this character I have tried to really get inside his head. And as any Breaking Bad fan knows, it can be difficult to live and breathe as Jesse. But I have enjoyed living and growing through his struggles. And all I want to do is protect him. Did I answer that correctly?
I remember, that Dave Chapelle once told a story about how strangers always came up to him - even when he was with his daughter - and yelled "I'm Rick James, bitch!".
With the popularity of the show and your character, do you fear that years down the road people still come up to you and say "bitch" ?
Right now, it looks like you are embracing it, but do you fear never escaping form the shadow, that is Jesse Pinkman?
I think you are an amazing actor and I'm loving every minute of you in Breaking Bad, but I wish you all the best in the future when you pursue other roles.
Thank you so much. Yes, I get called "bitch" on a daily basis and yes I do think I'll get called "bitch" on a daily basis for years to come. But to be honest, I don't really mind because I like being called "bitch."
What’s the biggest similarity between you and Jesse Pinkman?
We both love kids. We have a huge soft spot for the young ones and we don't want them to be raised by meth heads... We want to protect them.
Were you a fan of Malcolm in the Middle?
Absolutely. And Hal was my favorite character on the show. So when I was auditioning for BB, I knew they were getting the goofy dad from Malcom in the Middle to play Walter White, which confused me. But I was also very excited at the chance to work with Bryan.
How do you think the President feels when you tweet at him things like "Time for Breaking Bad, Bitch"
I think it's hilarious
Ha! Let's be honest, anyone that follows Obama or me on Twitter knows that Obama is a huge Breaking Bad fan and he doesn't mind saying the word "bitch" over Twitter, which is very exciting to me and the entire American public.
Do you think that you would be able to make meth in real life?
Absolutely not! I'd kill us all and blow us all up.
What is the funniest prank someone has pulled on set?
Oh wow, the list is really endless to be honest. Bryan Cranston squirted me with a dildo-sbhaped squirt gun in a scene before and that made in laugh a lot.
Who's the best bowler of the Breaking Bad cast and crew?
Ummm...I would like to say I'm a pretty good bowler, but I think Bryan might be the best of all of us. He's really good with balls. He's a professional with balls. All sorts of balls. Well done Cranston, congratulations bitch!
You worked with child star Ian Posada for several episodes. How is the heavy and dark content of the show handled in relation to his age? How much (if any) of the plot does he understand? The content is very intense for a six year old.
He's a really smart kid, he actually wrote the finale. In seriousness, I don't think he really understands what's going on. But I love that kid. He's great. And when I was six all I could think about was ding-dongs and yo-yos so even though he's smarter than me, I doubt he gets the complexity of the show.
Out of curiosity, were you anxious to leave Idaho? I'm from Lewiston, myself, and couldn't wait to get out. It's a beautiful place, but I just found a severe lack of opportunity for anything except... well, farming. I do sincerely feel that you're the state's greatest export, though (outside of the one potato I found that looked vaguely like you). Also, if you answer this, can you inform my girlfriend, Anna, that she is a respectable young woman and definitely not a bitch?
It was very hard for me to leave Idaho but I honestly had no choice. I was running to something that I was madly in love with. Do I miss Idaho, absolutely - on a daily basis. I'm the only one from my giant family to leave home. And I would love to see the picture of that potato. I like potatoes. Potatoes are good. And most importantly, you're girlfriend is definitely a respectable young woman, and the farthest thing from a bitch.
Out of everything that's been aired so far, what was your favorite scene? And what was the most important for the character of Jesse do you think? What do you hope to move on to with breaking bad finished?
I have so many favorites, but the first thing that comes to mind right now is the infamous dinner scene with Mr. and Mrs. White. I think the glass of water became Jesse's security blanket it in a way and I love that about that scene. But there's been so many fun scenes to shoot. So anytime I as Jesse Pinkman can release my pent up anger told Walt is always a good time. So the time that Jesse shows up to Walt's house and thinks that he found on that he poisoned Brock, and he puts a gun to his head. That was a lot of fun.
I just have one question.
Can you please convince Vince to create Badger's Star Trek episode?
I couldn't agree with you more. But I don't know if you've had the opportunity to see this brilliant animation of that episode but watch below, it's incredible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M6yoeOglNw
How has Bryan Cranston made you a better actor and person?
Wow. Just going to set and working off him every single day was a constant learning experience. I wouldn't be the actor I am today without him. I've learned that its ok to be professional and very immature at the same time because that describes Bryan perfectly.
What music have you been listening to lately?
The Lumineers, if you don't know the band, go and get their music on iTunes because it's brilliant. Alt-J, they've blown my mind lately and actually said they'd play a concert in my living room. And anything Thom Yorke is amazing.
Bryan Cranston has had some very memorable lines as Walt (I am the danger, I am the one who knocks... say my name... tread lightly...) what would you say is your most memorable line you've had as Jesse thus far on BrBa?
"Roll me further, bitch!"
Hey Aaron, thanks for being a stand-up guy personally and professionally. Every story I've ever read about you has been positive. I'll definitely look into Kind Campaign and contribute however I can.
My question: With all the talk of a Saul Goodman spinoff, will you/Jesse Pinkman have any involvement in it?
Wait, Breaking Bad spin-off?! WHAT?!
Hey Mr. Paul. How did you get the role of the kid in KoRns "thoughtless" video?? And were you a fan of them before that? Thanks for doing this bud
I actually knew the guys from Korn and they were trying to find this kid to play this character for some time. And finally one of my buddies who worked with Korn asked if I'd be willing to do it. I was a huge fan of the Hughes Brothers who directed the video and I said yes. In regards to being a fan of Korn, they're really a hit or miss with me to be honest.
Who would win in a free for all death match? Mike, Hank, Walt, or the Cartel Twins?
Well the Cartel Twins because they have two people. And they have accents. And they're crazy.
What was it like those few days after you were wrapped?
Awful. It was terrible. I went straight from set to the airport where a small little chartered plane was waiting for me, to take me to another job. I landed around 1 in the morning and I stood outside in the pouring rain for two hours, waiting for someone to pick me up, thinking about how the show was over. It was definitely kind of comedic but it definitely fit the mood I was in. It was good that I was able to jump into another job right away so I didn't have to completely mourn 24/7.