Why Bryan Cranston got into acting

Last updated 10:29 25/03/2014

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Bryan Cranston has joked he got into acting to “kiss girls”.

When the 58-year-old actor was younger he signed up to the Los Angeles Police Department’s youth training programme, which he graduated from at the top of his class.

Alongside this intense schedule, Bryan was also taking part in a drama class. It was his first in-character kiss with his attractive female acting partner which made him realise his destined career path.

"I asked the teacher: 'Should we kiss, or just pretend?' He was disgusted by my question. So I thought, OK, I hope she's not offended, but I'm really gonna kiss her. And it starts – and before I can even begin, she is on me. Open mouth, tongue, hands everywhere. It's very exciting,” he recalled to British newspaper The Guardian.

“[Afterwards I asked her] 'Would you like to get lunch sometime?' And she looked at me like I was a lost little puppy: 'Oh, no, no, I have a boyfriend.' And I thought: 'Oh, my God, that was acting!' My head was spinning. That's when it clicked. She was just doing her job. And I realised this could be my work: to kiss girls! So I said: 'So long, police work.'"

Bryan’s biggest role to date came in the form of chemistry teacher-turned-drug-cook Walter White in hit TV show Breaking Bad. His embodying the character has earned him several awards, including a best actor Golden Globe at this year’s ceremony.

He feels lucky to have had such constant work over the years and has learnt a lot from his experiences. 

"One benefit of being an actor for a long time and hitting a higher measure of success at 40, with Malcolm in the Middle, and 50 with Breaking Bad, is that I know what kind of set I don't want to work on. You want to be in an environment where everyone's respected – where the drama's in the show, not around the show,” Bryan explained.

“I've worked on sets that are angry, nervous, uncertain, and it just permeates everything. I had a policy on Breaking Bad: I wouldn't allow any b***hing or complaining. And if you're going to say it's not allowed, you have to not do it yourself."


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