Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

Aaron Paul

Born on August 27, 1979, in Emmett, Idaho, Aaron Paul Sturtevant, known professionally as Aaron Paul, after appearing in American television shows, came to prominence in 2008 for his critically acclaimed role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. For his portrayal, Paul 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. 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. Coincidentally, Paul had once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of the eldest son of Cranston’s Malcolm in the Middle character, Francis.

The son of Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister, he is the youngest of five 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 one year early. After graduating high school in 1998, he drove to Los Angeles with his mother in his ’82 Toyota Corolla and $6,000 in savings. Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right on January 3, 2000, winning a desk. He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.

In 1996, Paul went to Los Angeles, California 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).

Paul 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, appearing 14 times on the show. He also starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 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.

Paul became engaged to Lauren Corinne Parsekian on January 1, 2012, in Paris. The two met at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, and began dating a year later at the same festival. 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. 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 famous Egyptian Theatre, Idaho governor Butch Otter declared October 1 “Aaron Paul Sturtevant Day”.

Paul has been noted as being very open and welcoming to his fans and has been known to introduce himself to tourists who drive by his estate in West Hollywood, California. In September 2013, his fame from his appearance on The Price is Right came full circle when an ecstatic Breaking Bad fan, Jarod “Brice” Evans, claimed to have gotten onto The Price is Right after being coached by Paul. The two had bumped into each other twice in Los Angeles before Evans planned on attending The Price is Right. On the second occasion, Paul spoke with Evans for around 15 minutes outside of a Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA. The entire meeting was documented by Nylon Guys magazine and a YouTube video posted by The Price is Right, which Paul posted on his Twitter account. The whole event inspired Evans to form the band Jesse and the Pinkmen as an homage to Paul’s assistance and kindness.


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