Aaron Paul is an American film and television actor who got his big break on the set of the absurdly popular AMC show, "Breaking Bad." Aaron was born to a Baptist preacher and got his start in the arts by performing in church services and plays. As he made his way through school, Aaron's passion for acting intensified, as did his skill. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television, where he landed his first jobs on the popular soap opera series, "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place." Director Aaron Spelling was so impressed with his work that Paul gained a positive reputation in the acting community. Although Aaron Paul's rise to fame was quicker than most, he still paid his dues and endured his share of disappointments. While working as an actor, he spent time as an usher at the Hollywood Universal Studios Movie Theatre.
Once he received significant critical acclaim, Paul went from small roles in movies and soap operas to a leading actor in network shows. His most significant role to date was on "Breaking Bad," one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows in recent years. Aaron was cast as Jesse Pinkman, a brilliant meth dealer who was a student of the show's main character, Walter White. Walter recruited Jesse to help him in his plan to produce the best meth in the county, earning enough money to take care of his family. Although Paul's character was only slated to stick around for one season, director Vince Gillian was so impressed by his performance that he became a main character on the show. Pinkman held his role on the show as it gained viral popularity and stayed until the final season in 2013.
After his meteoric rise to fame on "Breaking Bad," Paul began work on the upcoming 2013 film, "Need for Speed." "Need for Speed" is based on the wildly popular video game franchise of the same name. The racing game pits drivers against each other to compete in a cross-country race. Much like the game it is based on, the film stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a young street racing champion who is framed for a crime he didn't commit. Tobey went into business with a trusted friend and associate only to be double-crossed and thrown into prison thanks to tainted evidence. After years in jail, Tobey is released and immediately signs up for a cross-country race. Since he has lost everything dear to him, he embarks on a quest for vengeance, using the competition as a way to get back at the man who betrayed him.
After Tobey sets out, he immediately takes the lead. Unfortunately, his former partner becomes aware of his plans to get revenge and puts a hit out on Tobey's life. Throughout the rest of the film, Tobey is forced to battle not only his racing competitors, but also deadly foes out to kill him. Enemies from the past and present meet in this action-packed thriller. Paul's character promises to be gritty and intelligent, which is exactly what fans have come to love about Jesse Pinkman. Although the film boasts many similarities to the feel and style of "Breaking Bad," the subject matter is different enough to be a refreshing change of pace for Paul.
It's easy to see why Aaron Paul is one of the hottest actors today. His rugged good looks and versatile acting ability make him ideal for many roles. In fact, the producers of "Breaking Bad" were initially concerned that the actor was too handsome to play the rough-around-the-edges Jesse. In spite of those initial apprehensions, Paul added an unexpected amount of tension and depth to the show with his character, and fans can expect him to do the same with his character in "Need for Speed." Much of the early attention the film has garnered is due to the success of the gaming franchise and for good reason. "Need for Speed" is one of the most popular racing simulation games on the market. Its revolutionary control system and graphics set the standard for other games in the genre, earning a cult following. Paul has big shoes to fill now that he's taking the lead role in a film based on such a beloved franchise, but by all accounts, the actor is more than up for the challenge.