"I don’t like to repeat myself. I try to always be original in my work." - Giancarlo Esposito
Cranston and Jason Segel talk about their approach to acting, their shared roots in television, and playing real-life authors
Bryan Cranston on his actor preparation: "The character starts outside of you and [you use] your imagination and own personal experience."
Though Aaron Paul stars in Exodus: Gods and Kings, which is being released today, it’s hard to fathom that he’ll ever be more associated with a role as he is with Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad. The role has made Paul a three-time Emmy winner. But before the awards and the accolades, Paul had to audition. In this clip from Paul’s Breaking Bad audition, you can see that he had the role nailed from the very beginning — except of course the brief pause to ask for his next line! Check out the clip above!
Anna Gunn talks about her role, going into the darkness of the show and more
With Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel being released on Blu-ray with all kinds of goodies today, it gives us yet another opportunity to reflect on the series’ star Bryan Cranston and all of the incredible advice he has offered actors in the wake of his success. In a video he filmed in 2013 for AreUaStar, Cranston speaks about what an actor has to keep in mind while he or she tries to work in such an rough business. He also tells a story about how he tested for two other pilots the same year he did the pilot for ... Read more
Though Breaking Bad was obviously a career highpoint for every actor involved, they all must move on to their next projects (except for the few who are involved in the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul). This includes Anna Gunn, who portrayed Walter White’s wife Skyler on the award-winning series series. Gunn’s new series, the crime drama Gracepoint will premiere on October 2 on Fox. While her performance on Breaking Bad likely landed her the role on Gracepoint, if she did have to audition for Gracepoint hopefully it was not as uncomfortable as her audition for Breaking Bad. In a ... Read more
Look, at this point anything Bryan Cranston does is worth talking about, right? He’s proven to be one of the most entertaining actors working right now. Now that he’s conquered the world of television with Breaking Bad — and receiving dozens of awards in the process — and Broadway with All The Way, Cranston can honestly say he has this whole acting thing down. So what’s next for the actor extraordinaire who got his start in a Preparation H commercial, of all things? Cranston ruminates on his next grand project in an extended commercial for TBS about the channel’s upcoming ... Read more
The Emmy Awards weren’t the most exciting awards show this year but with Bryan Cranston winning for Outstanding Actor in a Drama for Breaking Bad, we at least got to hear one heck of a fantastic acceptance speech. “I was a kid who always looked for the shortcut,” he said. “I did happen to stumble upon finding a passion that created a seed and bloomed into something so wonderful for me. I love to act. It is a passion of mine and I will do it until my last breath.” And for good measure, below is Aaron Paul accepting his ... Read more
Bob Odenkirk has been on a roll lately, starring in Breaking Bad and its upcoming spin-off, Better Call Saul, Nebraska and now, Fargo. If you haven’t been watching – and why haven’t you because it’s terrific – Fargo is an original adaptation of the Academy Award®-winning film and features an all-new story and new characters. It stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman and Odenkirk as “Deputy Bill Oswalt.” Odenkirk got his start as a writer and brilliant sketch artist – check out Mr. Show if you can find it. I love that he’s getting all this ... Read more
We’re pretty crazy about Bryan Cranston here at Daily Actor, so while he’s starring as President Lyndon Johnson on Broadway in All the Way we’re trying to glean as much information as we can about his acting career and lessons we can learn from him. In an interview with NPR, Cranston speaks about how the way he looks has helped him as an actor and why he’s adopted “Silent Mondays” while doing eight shows a week on stage. One of the things that was most surprising about Breaking Bad is that few people expected that the goofy dad from the ... Read more
We’ve probably written more about Bryan Cranston over the last six months on Daily Actor than any other actor. And why shouldn’t we? Cranston is riding a huge wave of popularity after the series finale of the award-winning television drama Breaking Bad and making his Broadway debut in All The Way. In an interview with The Guardian, Cranston speaks about how he chooses roles, how he got involved in acting, and the advantages of a good working environment. Considering that Cranston is in a position to do just about anything he wants, many have been confused that after the end ... Read more
How do you follow-up a successful series like Breaking Bad? If you’re Bryan Cranston, you head to Broadway. He will be making his Broadway debut as Lyndon Baines Johnson in the play All the Way. He talked to The New York Times about why he took on such a challenge. “I wanted to play L.B.J. because he is the King Lear of modern theater in this play,” said Cranston. While audiences will see the actor don a prosthetic nose, earlobes and chin to help him get into the role, the 57-year-old actor explained, “I do the voice and his body movements.” ... Read more
After the massive critical and rating success of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston could probably do whatever he wanted once he hung up Walter White’s porkpie hat. So many were surprised that Cranston’s next move was to make his Broadway debut portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way after a sold-out run at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts. He spoke to Rolling Stone about the role, the difference between acting on stage and on television, and whether or not we’ll see Walter White again. On why he decided on starring in a play as President Johnson, Cranston says, ... Read more
Whether you are a fan of the series or not (and who isn’t?), Breaking Bad is truly something special. And undoubtedly the main reason for that is Bryan Cranston, an actor previously best known for his comedic television roles who has completely reinvented himself as Walter White, the meth-dealing high school chemistry teacher. Of course, although the series is winding up its final episodes Breaking Bad has finished filming and Cranston has moved on to his next role, which is playing president Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way at Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater — a run that has ... Read more
Though Dean Norris‘ Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad might be one of the least “evil” characters on the show in terms of the law, that might not be saying much considering the show’s lead character is Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White, a meth-dealing high school chemistry teacher. He spoke to Rolling Stone about dealing with the constant evil the cultural phenomenon is seeped in and how real-life nice guy Cranston manages to turn on his dark side. Norris admits that all of the dark material on the show does get to him. He gives examples, pointing out, “Starting in the ... Read more
Breaking Bad returned last Sunday with a jaw-dropping episode, “Blood Money.” The first in the last eight episodes of the series was directed by star Bryan Cranston. Dean Norris, who plays DEA agent Hank Schrader, describes filming the intense final scene of the episode. “The last scene was really interesting. The first take was really violent and hard. That’s how it was written in the script. Bryan and I thought it turned out okay, but we weren’t entirely satisfied,” he said in an interview with Vulture. “It was weird that this happened, because usually on Breaking Bad scripts you show ... Read more
Pretty much everyone in the known universe seems to be hooked on Breaking Bad, which, considering the content of the show, isn’t the worst thing one could be addicted to. One of the main reasons why Breaking Bad has become such a success is the show’s star, Bryan Cranston. Cranston has had an astonishingly busy career in film and television since the early 1980s, and though he already starred on the successful sitcom Malcolm in the Middle he didn’t become the star he is today until he took a dramatic turn with Breaking Bad. In an interview with CBS Sunday ... Read more
Fans of AMC’s Breaking Bad are eagerly anticipating the series’ eight final episodes starting on Sunday. Dean Norris, who plays Walter White’s unassuming brother-in-law Hank, is still somewhat surprised at the things he’s been allowed to do on the show. “I always thought to myself, ‘How did Vince [Gilligan, showrunner] know I could do the character Hank evolved into?’” Norris said in an interview with Yahoo! News. “It’s not that he re-auditioned me and said, ‘OK, now let’s do some serious stuff and see how you handle it.’ Based on what I did in Season One, I couldn’t understand what ... Read more
Aaron Paul talks about Breaking Bad and the upcoming season. He also talks about what it's like to star on the show and how much he'll miss it when everything is finally over.