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The Unexpected Way Aaron Paul Prepped To Nail His Breaking Bad Role



As “Breaking Bad” fans know, Jesse struggles with his own drug addiction throughout the entirety of the series, going back and forth between using and trying to quit. Thus, there are quite a few scenes in which Aaron Paul had to portray a character who was either currently high or experiencing symptoms of withdrawal. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything discussion just prior to the series finale of “Breaking Bad,” Paul revealed how he prepared for these scenes. 

In one reply to the Reddit thread, a “Breaking Bad” fan and self-professed “chronic former meth user” complimented Paul’s acting in the series, specifically in regards to Jesse’s drug use. “I relate to the show in a somewhat different way,” u/cxg_abq said. “Did you actually hang around any meth users to prepare for your role as Jesse? Some of the acting was spot on.”

Paul wrote, “First of all, good for you for stopping. Secondly, yes I spent a lot of time with former addicts and people that were using at that moment. I wanted to try and bring as much honesty to this character as I could and I saw a darker side to people that I’ve never witnessed before. Meth is a terrible drug, as you know, and has the ability to grab a hold of you tightly. So seriously, good for you.”

If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction issues, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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