Aaron Paul Sturtevant (born August 27, 1979), known professionally as Aaron Paul, is an American actor. After appearing in American television shows, including a recurring role on the HBO series Big Love, Paul came to prominence in 2008 for his critically acclaimed role as Jesse Pinkman in the hit AMC series 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.
Paul was born in Emmett, Idaho, 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 in 1998. After graduation 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, 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.
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). He 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. 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. Coincidentally, Paul had once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Francis Wilkerson, the eldest son of Cranston's Malcolm in the Middle character, Hal. 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.
Paul starred in the film Smashed, which was one of the official selections for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. 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. 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. In 2014, Paul will star in Need for Speed as a street racer recently released from prison who takes revenge on a wealthy business associate. Paul stars alongside Juliette Lewis in the family drama "Hellion" as the drunken father of two young vandals. He will also star in the 2014 biblical epic Exodus, portraying the Hebrew prophet Joshua. 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. He hosted WWE Raw on March 3.
In 2001, Paul dated Samaire Armstrong, with whom he had worked in an episode of The X-Files earlier that year. From March 2009 to April 2010, he dated Jessica Lowndes. He became engaged to Lauren Corinne Parsekian in Paris on January 1, 2012. 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. Paul emailed the entire guest list the song "Beauty" by the Shivers and asked everyone to learn the words so that they could sing along during the ceremony.
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. 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.
Whatever It Takes
Help! I'm a Fish
National Lampoon's Van Wilder
Bad Girls from Valley High
Mission: Impossible III
The Last House on the Left
Decoding Annie Parker
A Long Way Down
Need for Speed
Even the Losers
Beverly Hills, 90210
Episode: "Fortune Cookie"
Episode: "The Daughterboy"
Episode: "A Day in the Life"
3rd Rock from the Sun
Episode: "Dick's Big Giant Headache: Part II"
Episode: "History Lessons"
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd
Episode: "Eddie Loves Tori"
Episode: "Family Lies"
Episode: "The Men from the Boys"
David "Sky Commander Winky" Winkle
Episode: "Lord of the Flies"
Episode: "Oh, Mama!"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Peter Hutchins, Jr.
Episode: "Felonious Monk"
Birds of Prey
Episode: "A Saint in the City"
Episode: "El Velorio"
Episode: "Grave Young Men"
Episode dated May 8, 2003
Episode: "Natural Borne Killers"
Line of Fire
Episode: "Mother & Child Reunion"
Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"
Joan of Arcadia
Episode: "Secret Service"
Episode: "The Popular Kids"
Episode: "The Superhero in the Alley"
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)
Episode: "Robot Chicken DC Comics Special"
Episode: "What Animated Women Want"
Saturday Night Live
Jesse Pinkman / Meth Nephew
Episode: "Tina Fey/Arcade Fire"
Monday Night RAW
Star In A Reasonably Priced Car
Weird: the Al Yankovic Story
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Funny or Die short