'Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul Talks to 'Rolling Stone' About the AMC Series' Final Episodes
Aaron Paul is just about as far from his character on Breaking Bad, Jesse Pinkman, as you could get. Between his Twitter feed and his Instagram photos, it's become increasingly evident that, in addition to being an amazing actor, he's a huge softie and a bit of a nerd. And this week, featured on Rolling Stone, talking about the final season of Breaking Bad, he reveals the ins and outs of Jesse Pinkman and the end of the series. (Rolling Stone is featuring different members of the cast in interviews on their site every day until the finale. I need to take a week-long break from life to catch up on all this Breaking Bad reading.) Here are some of the best moments from the interview.
On whether Jesse is a better human being that Walter White:
"Obviously Jesse is a murderer, so he's not that great of a guy. But he didn't want to be. He was kind of pushed into a corner. He pulled the trigger. Obviously that's no excuse, but I think the audience knows that's not really who he is."
On Jesse being a drug-user:
"He obviously uses and he likes using. But now, as you know, he wants to be as far away from it as possible. It's about to get really messy, is all I can say."
On that bastard, Todd:
"[Laughs] God, I want Todd to die so bad. I'm glad you and I are on the same page. Before we shot the final eight episodes, I used to say, 'I want Jesse to kill Todd, and I want Jesse to kill Walt.'"
On whether or not he'll miss Jesse Pinkman:
"I miss him terribly, I really do. For the past six years I've been breathing through his skin. It was the roughest day of my career, my final day of shooting on Breaking Bad, knowing that I will never be able to kind of zip on that skin again. I love him, and I just want him to be OK, you know? But I don't know if he's ever going to be OK. Maybe he doesn't deserve to be OK."
To which I say, OF COURSE he deserves to be okay! Jesse is the saving grace here! And what does he mean it's about to get messy? This show is really messing with my anxiety.