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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is once again an Emmy nominee this year, but his deepest wish is for creator Vince Gilligan to nab his first statuette with a best drama series win for the AMC hit. (The Breaking Bad creator has never taken home a statuette.)
“He’s the kindest human being with such a messed-up mind,” Paul says with a laugh. “To look at him just struggling to keep his emotions in would be truly one of the highlights of my life. I hope we’re all able to experience that.”
Paul, 34, is the youngest two-time drama actor winner — supporting or lead — in Emmy history.
“I’m honestly still on a cloud from being nominated the first year,” Paul says of his first nomination in 2009, the morning of which he did publicity calls at co-star Bryan Cranston‘s home. He won the best supporting drama actor award in 2010 and again in 2012, when he defeated Breaking Bad co-star Giancarlo Esposito.
“The goal in this business is to get a job. And then you want to do a job that you’re proud of. And that’s very hard. And then on top of that, do a job that other people like. Breaking Bad has just taken it to such a different level,” Paul says.
He knows it’ll be tough to top Breaking Bad.
“For me it’s all downhill from here — and it’s not a bad thing. I know how fortunate I am to be a part of Breaking Bad. I know it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I’m just happy it happened.”
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