Aaron Paul

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Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Paul at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Aaron Paul Sturtevant
(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 34)
Emmett, Idaho, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Lauren Parsekian (m. 2013)

Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979)12 is an American actor. He is best known for his critically acclaimed role as Jesse Pinkman in the hit AMC series Breaking Bad (2008–2013). For this, he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, making him one of five actors to win the award more than once. He has also won two Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor on Television.

Early life

Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho,3 the son of Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister.4 He is the youngest of five children and was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom.5 He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry.6 Paul attended Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho and graduated one year early in 1998.7 After graduation he drove to Los Angeles with his mother in his 1982 Toyota Corolla, with $6,000 in savings.8 Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right on January 3, 2000,9 and won a desk; however, he lost his pricing game and his Showcase in a painful overbid (he was off by just $132). He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.10

Career

Paul with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan

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.11 He starred in the music videos for the Korn song "Thoughtless" and the Everlast song "White Trash Beautiful".12 He was also featured in television commercials for Juicy Fruit,13 Corn Pops,14 and Vanilla Coke.15 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,16 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 save the character.17 Coincidentally, Paul had once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Francis Wilkerson, the eldest son of Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle character, Hal.17 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, and 2013; he won the award in 2010 and 2012.citation needed

Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.18 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.19 In 2012 and 2013, he made an appearance on the show Tron: Uprising, voicing a character named Cyrus.citation needed

In September 2013, he was featured on Zen Freeman's dance song, "Dance Bitch".20 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.21 In 2014, Paul starred in Need for Speed, as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate.22 Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama Hellion, as the drunken father of two young vandals.23 He will also co-star in the 2014 biblical epic Exodus, portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua.24 In December 2013, Netflix announced that Paul will have his own animated series called BoJack Horseman: A Tale of Fear, Loathing and Animals, which is set to premiere in 2014.25 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.26

Personal life

In 2001, Paul dated Samaire Armstrong, with whom he had worked in an episode of The X-Files earlier that year.27 From March 2009 to April 2010, he dated Jessica Lowndes.28

Paul became engaged to Lauren Corinne Parkesian in Paris on January 1, 2012;29 the two met at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California and began dating a year earlier at the same festival.30 They were married on May 26, 2013 in a 1920s Parisian carnival-themed wedding in Malibu, with music by Foster the People and John Mayer.31 Paul emailed the entire guest list the song "Beauty" by the Shivers and asked everyone to learn the words so they could sing along during the ceremony.8

In 2013, Aaron 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.32 During a ceremony at Boise's famous Egyptian Theatre, Idaho governor Butch Otter declared October 1 "Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day".33

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Whatever It Takes Floyd
2000 Help! I'm a Fish Chuck Voice
2001 K-PAX Michael Powell
2002 National Lampoon's Van Wilder Wasted guy
2004 Perfect Opposites Monty Brandt
2005 Candy Paint Brad Miller Short film
2005 Bad Girls from Valley High Jonathon Wharton Direct-to-video
2006 Choking Man Jerry
2006 Mission: Impossible III Rick Meade
2007 Daydreamer Clinton Roark
2007 Leo Hustler Short film
2008 Say Goodnight Victor
2009 The Last House on the Left Francis
2010 Wreckage Rick
2011 Quirky Girl Joseph Short film
2012 Smashed Charlie Hannah
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Paul
2014 Hellion Hollis Wilson Co-executive producer
2014 A Long Way Down JJ
2014 Unity Narrator Documentary
2014 Need for Speed Tobey Marshall
2014 Exodus Joshua
2014 Quad Adam Niskar
2015 Fathers and Daughters

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Even the Losers Unknown Unsold pilot
1999 Locust Valley Gregor Unsold pilot
1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 Chad Episode: "Fortune Cookie"
1999 Melrose Place Frat boy Episode: "The Daughterboy"
1999 Suddenly Susan Zipper Episode: "A Day in the Life"
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Student Episode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"
2000 Get Real Derek Episode: "History Lessons"
2001 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Ethan Episode: "Eddie Loves Tori"
2001 The Division Tyler Petersen Episode: "Hero"
2001 Nikki Scott Episode: "Family Lies"
2001 The Guardian Ethan Ritter Episode: "The Men from the Boys"
2001 The X-Files David "Sky Commander Winky" Winkle Episode: "Lord of the Flies"
2001–2002 Judging Amy "X-Ray" Conklin 2 episodes
2002 NYPD Blue Marcus Denton Episode: "Oh, Mama!"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Peter Hutchins, Jr. Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2002 Birds of Prey Jerry Episode: "Pilot"
2003 Punk'd Himself
2003 The Snobs Clay Unsold pilot
2003 ER Doug Episode: "A Saint in the City"
2003 Kingpin Stoner Episode: "El Velorio"
2003 CSI: Miami Ben Gordon Episode: "Grave Young Men"
2003 Guiding Light Adrian Pascal Episode dated May 8, 2003
2003 Threat Matrix Shane Episode: "Natural Borne Killers"
2004 Line of Fire Drew Parkman Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
2005 Veronica Mars Eddie Laroche Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Denunzio Episode: "Secret Service"
2005 Point Pleasant Mark Owens 3 episodes
2005 Criminal Minds Michael Zizzo Episode: "The Popular Kids"
2005 Sleeper Cell Teen Episode: "Al-Faitha"
2006 Bones Stew Ellis Episode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
2006 Ghost Whisperer Link Episode: "Fury"
2007–2011 Big Love Scott Quittman 14 episodes
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman 62 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2010, 2012)
Prism Award for Male Performance in a Drama Series – Multi-Episode Story Line (2011)
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2014)
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2010, 2012)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2014)
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated—Dorian Award for TV Performance of the Year - Actor (2013)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2014)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2009, 2013)
Nominated—Prism Award for Male Performance in a Drama Series – Multi-Episode Story Line (2010, 2013)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2010)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television (2011, 2014)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011, 2013)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2010)
2012 Robot Chicken Glenn Voice
Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising Cyrus Voice
3 episodes
2013 The Simpsons Jesse Pinkman Episode: "What Animated Women Want"
2013 Saturday Night Live Jesse Pinkman / Meth Nephew Episode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"
2014 WWE Raw Himself / Guest Host Episode: 1,085
2014 Top Gear Himself / Guest Series 21, Episode 5. Fastest driver.

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Weird: the Al Yankovic Story "Weird Al" Yankovic Funny or Die short

References

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  2. ^ Freydkin, Donna; Barker, Olivia; Blas, Lorena (August 30, 2010). "Emmy diary: Aaron Paul wins supporting actor". USA Today. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Paul". Emmy Awards. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gajewski, Josh (May 30, 2009). "Aaron Paul catches a couple of breaks in 'Big Love' and 'Breaking Bad'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aaron Paul: Biography". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0666739/bio
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  9. ^ "The Price Is Right Timeline - Golden-Road.net FAQ". Golden-road.net. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "It’s Evening In America". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. May 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
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  12. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (March 18, 2010). "Character and Career, Both Alive". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Juicy Fruit Commercial, YouTube.com
  14. ^ Corn Pops Commercial, YouTube.com
  15. ^ "First Ever Vanilla Coke Commercial". YouTube. October 19, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story". Funny or Die. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Aaron Paul: 'Breaking Bad' Dealer Isn't Dead ... Yet". NPR. September 19, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  18. ^ "2012 Sundance Film Festival: First Wave of Programming Announced, 26 Films In Competition". Filmschoolrejects.com. November 30, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ Neumyer, Scott (October 16, 2012). "Aaron Paul talks new film and Boise State". ESPN. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ "'Exclusive Song Premiere: Zen freeman Dance Bitch Featuring Aaron Paul'". Artist Direct. October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ Couch, Aaron (September 28, 2013). "'SNL' Recap: Aaron Paul Steals Show in Season Opener (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  22. ^ Labrecque, Jeff (January 16, 2014). "Sundance 2014: Aaron Paul raises 'Hellion,' talks 'Need for Speed' -- Exclusive Photos". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  23. ^ "'Aaron Paul's Hellion Gets US Distribution'". Artist Direct. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  24. ^ Gilman, Greg (September 30, 2013). "'Breaking Bad': What's Next for Stars Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Creator Vince Gilligan". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Only On Netflix: Bojack Horseman, A Tale Of Fear, Loathing, And Animals, Coming Mid-2014". PR Newswire. December 11, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  26. ^ http://fansided.com/2014/03/03/wwe-monday-night-raw-results-breaking-bad-star-aaron-paul-arrives-dolph-ziggler-gif/
  27. ^ "Aaron Paul". TV.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Aaron Paul << Dating History". Livingly Media. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  29. ^ Nudd, Tim (July 15, 2012). "Aaron Paul Calls Fiancée 'The Greatest Woman That Has Ever Existed'". People. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  30. ^ Katharine Lotze (September 25, 2012). "Lauren Parsekian, Aaron Paul's Fiancée: Who Is She?'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  31. ^ Dowd, Kathy Ehrich (May 26, 2013). "Aaron Paul Marries Lauren Parsekian". People. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  32. ^ Couch, Aaron (27 September 2013). "'Breaking Bad': Aaron Paul's Finale Charity Contest Adds Extra Winners After Complaints". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  33. ^ Gelt, Jessica (October 7, 2013). "Breaking Boise: Idaho governor proclaims Oct. 1 Aaron Paul Day". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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