MOTW: Biography of Aaron Paul

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March 13th, 2014

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Aaron Paul is an up-and-coming actor. Although he has played a variety of roles since his acting debut in 1998, he is best known for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman in the popular TV series "Breaking Bad." Learn about Paul's life, biography and film career.

Early Life

Aaron Paul was born in the small town of Emmett in southwestern Idaho. As the youngest of five children, he made quite the entrance into the world by being more than a month premature on August 27, 1979 in the bathroom of his parents' home instead of a hospital. His dad was a Baptist minister, so Paul's first experience in acting was in church programs and plays. However, he got into the spirit of acting in the eighth grade. Once he started attending school at Centennial High School in Boise, he joined the theater program and decided that he was going to become an actor. He started to make this dream a reality right away. First, he graduated high school a year early in 1998. Then, he piled into his 1982 Toyota Corolla and made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles. He only had $6,000 and a dream, but it was enough. His first experience in front of the camera was in January of 2000 when he appeared on "The Price Is Right." He came away with a free desk.

Acting Career

Before graduating from high school, Aaron Paul entered the International Modeling Talent Association competition in Los Angeles in 1996 and won runner-up. Coming in second gave his future career a boost because he had the opportunity to sign with an agency and get a manager. Other than his stint in "The Price Is Right," Paul's first real gigs were in a couple of music videos, "Thoughtless" and "White Trash Beautiful" by notable bands Korn and Everlast. He soon graduated to commercials for Juicy Fruit, Coke and Corn Pops.

His first TV or movie role came in 1998 with the TV movie "Even the Losers." He picked up several temporary roles and guest spots in popular TV series, like "Beverly Hills, 90201," "Melrose Place," "Suddenly Susan" and "3rd Rock from the Sun." By 2000, he nabbed the role of Floyd in "Whatever It Takes" and the voice of Chuck in "A Fish Tale." Over the next decade, he played a variety of small parts in TV and movies. In 2001, he briefly dazzled the camera in the TV series "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd," "The Division," "Nikki," "The Guardian," "The X-Files" and move "K-PAX." In 2002, he appeared in the series "Judging Amy," "NYPD Blue," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Birds of Prey" and the movies "Wasted" and "Van Wilder: Party Liaison." In 2003, he played roles in "ER," "Kingpin," "CSI: Miami," "Guiding Light," "Threat Matrix" and TV movie "The Snobs." In 2004, he appeared in the TV series "Line of Fire" and the movie "Perfect Opposites." In 2005, he acted in "Veronica Mars," "Candy Paint," Joan of Arcadia," "Bad Girls from Valley High," "Point Pleasant," "Criminal Minds" and "Sleeper Cell." In 2006, he appeared in guest spots in "Bones" and "Ghost Whisperer," but he also managed to land a role playing opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible III" as Ethan Hunt's brother-in-law Rick. In 2007 and 2008, he played in movies "Daydreamer," "Leo" and "Say Goodnight."

In 2009 and 2010, Aaron Paul played in a season of the hit series "Big Love" as Scott Quittman. His big break, however, came when he landed the role of Jesse Pinkman in "Breaking Bad." This original TV series is about a high school chemistry teacher who, upon finding out that he has terminal lung cancer, starts cooking crystal meth in order to provide for his family after he dies. Paul also landed the starring role in action film "Need for Speed" in 2014. In this film, he plays Tobey Marshall, a framed ex-convict and street racer who wants revenge for the wasted years of his life.

Personal Life

Aaron Paul dated several different actresses throughout his film career, but it was not until 2013 that he settled down. He met his wife, Lauren Corinne Parsekian, at a music festival in California and proposed in Paris. They got married five months later in Malibu.

Aaron Paul has a respectable film career that is taking off. He is even trying his hand in production with the movies "Hellion" and "BoJack Horseman: A Tale of Fear, Loathing and Animals." What his fans appreciate the most, however, is his open, welcoming personality and his willingness to talk to them.