Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul cover Rolling Stone; Aaron had a meth addict gf

I can’t tell you how happy I am to see Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston on the cover of Rolling Stone this month. These two helm one of the best shows on television, one that doesn’t get enough recognition as far as I’m concerned. I know “Breaking Bad,” specifically Paul and Cranston, have won some well-deserved Emmys, but it still feels like the show deserves more acknowledgment for how groundbreaking it is. Plus this is the last damn season. They’ve split it up into two parts, but that’s not enough to prolong the inevitable.

Rolling Stone has some excerpts online from the interview, and they got a lot of good quotes from these two. Cranston admits losing his virginity to a hooker when he was just 16 and was on some field trip to Europe. Paul says that he had a girlfriend who ended up getting addicted to meth and turning into a “hollow shell” of who she once was. That makes me wonder: did he draw on that experience when he had to deal with (spoiler for past episode of BB) the fate of his girlfriend on the show? That was heartbreaking, and he played it so well. Paul is such a superb actor anyway, I have a feeling he could play just about any character. Here’s more:

Update: Thanks to Birdie for mentioning that Paul used to date Samaire Armstrong. Samaire went to rehab in 2008 and this blind item from E! is thought to be about her.

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul get loose in Rolling Stone’s new cover story, which hits newsstands on Friday, August 3rd, and goes behind the scenes of one of TV’s all-time great shows. The story, written by Brian Hiatt, also profiles show creator Vince Gilligan, who one crew member calls “a complete and total control freak.” “I fear for the day when this is over,” says Gilligan. “I honestly fear that this will be the highlight of my career. And you don’t want it to be!” Here are some of the story’s highlights:

Cranston lost his virginity to a professional at age 16 while on a “teen police explorer” trip to Europe: “Beer is a nickel, and the hookers are cheap – it was 24 guilders, which I think was $8, to get laid. We’re all writing home to our parents for more money, ‘We’re having such a good time, Mom and Dad! Please send more money! We promise to pay you back! We’ve got to protect the citizens from the hookers!’”

Cranston says that the rage he expresses as Walter White comes from his parents’ messy divorce: “I have some anger issues,” he says. “There was alcohol abuse. And there were broken lives. There were two broken people. It was ugly. I didn’t see my father for 10 years.”

Cranston feared that he was going to lose the part of Walter White to Steve Zahn, who was up for the role: “If Steve Zahn did Walter, we’d go, ‘Oh, my God. Steve Zahn is the guy! Can you imagine anybody but Steve Zahn doing it?’ And you wouldn’t be able to.”

Unlike his character, Aaron Paul is against drugs – with the exception of pot. “The first time I actually felt it, it was around Halloween time, and I ate an entire bowl of Reese’s Pieces and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was incredible,” he says. “Now I rarely smoke.” He has a medical-marijuana card, though, which he says he actually uses for medicinal purposes: “If I go to the dentist, I’ll get an eighth. I am against pills. I don’t even take Advil. I think pot 100 percent should be legalized.”

Paul had a girlfriend who became a meth addict, an experience he draws on for the show. “It went from coke and then it escalated to meth. Meth is the one that grabbed, like, nails-deep into her soul and slowly just ripped it out. She was this beautiful being, turned to this hollow shell.”

[From Rolling Stone]

I agree with Aaron, pot should be legalized. I hate how it makes me overthink things, though, so I wouldn’t be smoking it instead of taking an Advil. I think a lot of the differences in opinion on marijuana use are east coast vs. west coast attitudes toward it. As an east coaster, I can’t really relate to getting a prescription for it.

Rolling Stone also had this video of Cranston and Paul being interviewed. It’s fun to watch to see their dynamic off screen. Cranston teases Paul about a fan letter he received in which the fan told Cranston she wanted to have sex with Aaron Paul and have him watch or something. He took the letter and framed it for Paul to keep, he thought it was so hilarious. Cranston also makes it clear that he’s thrilled to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. We’re thrilled too!

Also, I need to add this segment from Aaron Paul on The Tonight Show a couple weeks ago. It’s AWESOME, and I don’t usually use caps like that but it’s wearing off on me from Kaiser. Paul was on The Price is Right back in 1998 with his buddies, and I won’t spoil it for you but they had a ton of clips from when he was on the show and it was SO much fun. Especially the ending. I just love him.

These photos are from 2010 and 2011. They’re shown with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. Birdie says:

    He was with Samaire Armstrong for a while and have you heard of her lately? Just saying..

  2. jamminatorr says:

    I love Aaron Paul so much. I would wreck that, seriously.

  3. GoodCapon says:

    I miss Gus Fring :(

  4. Holl says:

    The one thing I like about this show vs weeds is it isnt goofy about meth. Weeds is funny but I couldn’t watch a show that made meth funny…I’ve seen too many peoples lives ruined and we’ve nearly been robbed at knifepoint by tweakers in my husband’s hometown (which has a massive meth problem thanks to high unemployment and Mexican drug cartels using nearby Indian reservations to set up shop)

    It was really hard to get into breaking bad initially, its on Netflix and its kind of boring in the beginning.

  5. lucy2 says:

    I think this is the best show on TV now, and for quite some time. And it’s just a small little show too, but man does it pack a punch. Really glad to see them getting recognized for their great work.

    I remember Samaire Armstrong from a few shows, and then she suddenly disappeared. What a shame if that’s the reason, hopefully she’s doing better now. I had no idea that Aaron watched someone go through that, no wonder he’s able to portray his character so well. That scene last week when he broke down? Wow.

  6. SueD says:

    This show is spectacular. Untouchable.

  7. Leaf says:



  8. Smokey blues says:

    Aaron Paul is SO funny on BB, bitch! He’s hilarious, yo! I feel bad for Jesse lately, tho. He can’t get a break.
    Does anyone remember when Jesse told the possum story in the lab one night? I was laughing so hard. ” when did they change the name to Opossum? Sounds Irish” ahhaha
    As funny as he is, he does bring a depth of understanding to his role and his meth issues. Must come from the difficult experience of seeing a loved one like that…

  9. Lipsy says:

    Oh my god, that split second where Aaron is staring, face to face with that baby animal… *REWIND x 100*

    I love both men. I am already seeing Bryan getting many roles in movies now, but I wish Aaron many future endeavours!

  10. hoya_chick says:

    I laughed so hard at these! Aaron is such a lil hottie and Bryan is sexy with the bald head I couldn’t LOVE both of them any more if I tried! They seem to actually get along and like each other in real life which is awesome.

  11. keats says:

    Hey guys! If you love these two, then a) you have great taste in everything probably, and b) you should listen to the interviews they gave Chris Hardwick on his Nerdist podcast. very cool, insightful guys who have heaps of respect for each other.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yes both guys are very interesting and intelligent, worth a listen – and watch the All Star Bowling with Team Breaking Bad!

  12. Stacia says:

    BADASSES BOTH OF THEM! Never thought I’d have a crush on an older dude- (Cranston)…maybe the character her plays has a lot to do with it.

  13. The Original MJ says:

    Walt is really starting to scare the shit out of me. I’m really looking forward to the shift in dynamic over the remaining two mini-seasons, with Walt becoming the unscrupulous master manipulator, while Jesse puts all of the pieces together to realize Walt’s gone to the dark side. The look on Jesse’s face at the end of the last episode? Yikes.

  14. Reece says:

    Pot should be legalized. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis, on her spine, and can barely move around most days. I wanted her to get a prescription from her doctor but they just shut down all the medical marijuana places in LA. So it’s either drive her out to the middle of nowhere like a criminal or pop vicodin pills everyday. When she is actually allergic to codeine and taking it for too long makes her breakout in rashes. The tylenol stopped working a long time ago.

  15. Lisa says:

    I love this show. And the fact that they are done after this season does make me sad. But it is going out while it is still good, rather than lingering for years until it is unwatchable like Weeds or Dexter.

  16. francesca1 says:

    Loved him on Big Love.

  17. vanessa says:

    So glad Steve Zahn didn’t get that role!! I don’t like him as an actor and wouldn’t have been able to take him seriously in this role. Cranston is amazing!! Loved him in Malcolm in the Middle too.

  18. Happy21 says:

    I have to watch this show. I watched about 4 episodes of the first season when it came out but if I recall it was the summer and I was busy and didn’t have a PVR so never watched it again. It was great.

    I’ll be watching this on NetFlix or DVD now :)

  19. anonimouse8319 says:

    I think Daniel Baldwin would have been a better Saul…

  20. Emma says:

    I just started watching this show on netflix and it’s amazing! They are both fantastic actors and the storyline is gripping and believable. Unlike the show Weeds that started to get aggravating after the first season when the plot became ridiculous.

  21. Mira says:

    I can’t wait for this season to unravel. The last three episodes have been slow but the feeling is palpable. Walt has turned into a selfish manipulative a-hole. Loved the scene with Marie and him, and how delicately he blames Skyler’s breakdown on her affair with Ted. Genius manipulating!

  22. B says:

    I love them. I love them, I love them, I love them.

    I’m definitely buying this issue. I’m so happy to see them on the cover! They’re both amazing…though I must say that I am #TeamPinkman. ;)

  23. alison8701 says:

    They both look SO good on the cover. Aaron has those dreamy eyes, but Bryan is working those dark denim jeans and black button-up.

    Does anyone else here not hate skylar? Every time I watch a clip on youtube involving her, people get mean! But she is dealing with a lot of stuff, can’t talk to anyone about it, and everyone blames her. And she is just like, so depressed, and so scared. I feel for her.

  24. Lara says:

    I LOVE them! Great cover! But I would like to see the entire cast on the cover; everyone’s acting is outstanding. I miss Gus. I love Hank, he is terrific as a DEA agent, smart, intuitive and funny; and of course hilarious Saul Goodman (“I want you to know that I am doing this under duress …Walt: Duly noted” (!)).To answer Alison 7801, I don’t hate Skylar she is still with her husband and doing her best so far dealing with his transformation, while keeping their family, namely her son, blissfully unaware. She never freaked out and betrayed Walt, she cheated but his secrets are safe. Also, I am very happy for Brian Cranston now that he is in so many movies; he belongs on a big screen.

  25. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    I love that Bryan Cranston is so humble about Steve Zahn almost getting the role. There is not an actor alive that would be that gracious. God I love him.

    And now I have such a crush on Aaron Paul – I never thought I’d say that. That Celebitchy post about him and his fiancee is partly what made me fall for him. My boyfriend & I are only half way through Season 2 on Netflix streaming. It’s become an addiction.

  26. yoyo says:

    Americans can get medicinal marijuana for a dentist visit??

  27. sup says:

    why do they look so adorable together? :D