“This business is such a rollercoaster of crazy rejections and emotions, but I knew that going into it so you've got to be definitely a very strong person to try and survive this.” Aaron Paul (on show business)
American actor Aaron Paul received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series “Breaking Bad” (2008-2009). Previously, he had noted recurring performances in HBO's “Big Love” (10 episodes, 2007-2009) and Fox's “Point Pleasant” (2005), where he played Scott and Mark Owens, respectively. He has also guest starred in popular TV shows such as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “The X Files,” “ER,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “Veronica Mars” and “Ghost Whisperer” and played Owen in the powerful TV film “Wasted” (MTV, 2002). On the big screen, Paul is probably best known as Francis in the horror remake “The Last House on the Left” (2009) and for playing Tom Cruise's brother-in-law in the hit “Mission: Impossible III” (2006). Other films he has acted in include “Whatever It Takes” (2000), “K-PAX” (2001), “Perfect Opposites” (2004), “Choking Man” (2006), “Daydreamer” (2007) and “Say Goodnight” (2008).
Childhood and Family:
Aaron Paul was born Aaron Paul Sturtevant on August 27, 1979, in Emmett, Idaho, to a Christian Baptist minister. He often participated in church programs and made his debut as a baby playing Baby Jesus. He became interested in acting as an eight grader and by the time he was enrolling in high school at Centennial High School in Boise, he knew he wanted to become a professional actor. After graduating, he headed to Hollywood to pursue his dreams.
Just like his mother, Aaron is a big fan of Bryan Cranston and his show, “Malcolm in the Middle.” He is also a huge fan of horror films. His interests include bungee jumping, snowboarding and writing.
The Last House on the Left
After high school, Aaron Paul struggled in Hollywood and found odds jobs to support himself. In 1998, he made his TV film acting debut opposite Alexandra Breckenridge in the ABC drama “Even the Losers,” directed and co-written by Sara Gilbert. After training with an ensemble of acting coaches in L.A., he appeared in a string of TV commercials. In 1999, the newcomer landed guest spots in the TV shows “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Suddenly Susan” and “3rd Rock from the Sun” and appeared in the MTV produced film “Locust Valley,” opposite Katee Sackhoff, Devin Oatway and Melissa Marsala.
Paul's career grew significantly when he was cast in the supporting role of Floyd in “Whatever It Takes” (2000), a teen comedy movie that was directed by David Raynr, written by Mark Schwahn and starred Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Shane West, Marla Sokoloff and James Franco. It was followed by a voice over job in the European animated movie “A Fish Tale” (2001, as Chuck), a supporting turn as the alienated son of Jeff Bridges in the science fiction drama “K-PAX” (2001), an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Gene Brewer, and a bit part in National Lampoon's “Van Wilder” (2002), which starred Ryan Reynolds. Paul also appeared as a guest in episodes of “Get Real” (2000), “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd,” “The Division,” “Nikki,” “The Guardian,” “The X Files” (all 2001), “NYPD Blue” and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (both 2002) and a two episode arc in “Judging Amy” (2001-2002, as 'X-Ray' Conklin). In 2002, he costarred with Nick Stahl and Summer Phoenix in the Prism Award winning TV film “Wasted” (MTV), which was helmed by Stephen T. Kay and penned by Craig Machen. He then appeared in Korn's music video for “Thoughtless.”
The Idaho native went on to appear in episodes of “Birds of Prey” (2 episodes, 2002), “ER” (as Doug), “CSI: Miami,” “The Guiding Light,” “Threat Matrix” (all 2003) and “Line of Fire” (2004) before returning to feature films with a role as Monty Brandt in the independent drama “Perfect Opposites” (2004), alongside Martin Henderson, Piper Perabo, Andrew Keegan, Jennifer Tilly and Joe Pantoliano, among others. He next portrayed Jonathan Warton in the direct-to-DVD film “Bad Girls from Valley High” (2005) and starred as Brad Miller in the student short film “Candy Paint” (2005). Still in 2005, he guest starred in “Joan of Arcadia,” “Veronica Mars,” “Criminal Minds” and “Sleeper Cell” and played Mark Owens in the three episodes of Fox's short lived drama series “Point Pleasant,” including the pilot.
2006 saw Paul play the brother-in-law of Tom Cruise in the J.J. Abrams directed “Mission: Impossible III.” He then played Jerry in Steve Barron's “Choking Man” (2006), which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival in April 2006 and was later released in the U.K. on November 14, 2008. Also in 2006, he appeared in the TV series “Bones” and “Ghost Whisperer.”
Paul's TV breakthrough arrived when he joined the cast of the HBO drama series “Big Love” in June 2007 in the recurring role of Scott, Sarah Henrickson's (played by Amanda Seyfried) fiancé. He remained with the show until August 2007 and would later return to reprise his role in the show's third season in early 2009. Commenting about his role in the show, he said, “It's nice because I never really get to play the straight edge kid. I'm always a little offbeat or kind of play darker roles or really over-the-top humorous roles. But this is kind of a straight laced kid. You know, a good boy.”
Next, Paul was cast opposite Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt and RJ Mitte in the series “Breaking Bad,” which debuted on AMC on January 20, 2008. The show has earned critical acclaim and won two Emmy Awards for its first season. For his portrayal of Jesse Pinkman, a struggling high school chemistry teacher, Paul was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 61st Emmy Awards.
In films, Paul remained busy with the lead role of Clinton Roark in the Sundance premiered “Daydreamer” (2007), for director Brahman Turner, played a hustler in Joseph D. Reitman's short “Leo” (2007) and teamed up with Rob Benedict, Smith Cho, Christopher Gessner, Shannon Lucio, David Monahan and Carly Pope in “Say Goodnight” (2008), a comedy directed and written by David VonAllmen. Recently, Paul portrayed Francis in the horror film “The Last House on the Left,” a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. It was released on March 13, 2009, and starred Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Garret Dillahunt, Spencer Treat Clark, Martha MacIsaac, and Sara Paxton. He has completed filming the thriller “Wreckage” (2009), in which he will star as Rick. Costars of the film include Cameron Richardson, Kelly Kruger, Scoot McNairy, Kelly McGarry, Travis Aaron Wade and Jordan Yale Levine.