Boise-raised actor Aaron Paul is definitely Idaho’s biggest cultural export these days. He recently received yet another accolade for his role in the groundbreaking TV series “Breaking Bad.”
The Television Critics Association again honored the show as Program of the Year at its 30th annual awards show on July 19, beating out HBO’s “True Detective.”
“Breaking Bad” ended its six-year run earlier this year with one of the most watched and anticipated series finales on record. Paul invited about 800 of his closest friends and avid fans to watch it with him at the Egyptian Theatre in September 2013, raising funds to support arts education in the Treasure Valley.
Aaron Paul Sturtevant was born in Emmett and grew up in Boise, graduating early from Centennial High School to pursue his passion for acting in Los Angeles. He struggled through un-credited one-line characters on a litany of TV shows and in roles as crazy murderers in small films until he received his big break as a co-star of one of the most important shows developed for television in the past decade.
Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey walked away from the Television Critics Association awards with top acting honors for “True Detective.”
There was not a category for supporting actor, but Paul did win at the Critic’s Choice Awards in June. And the three-time Emmy winner is nominated again this year. The Emmys are Aug. 25.
Paul has made a successful leap to the big screen, though nothing yet that is as critically lauded as “Breaking Bad.” He has several films coming out in the next year, and you can see him in December in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” a retelling of the Moses story. Paul plays Joshua to Christian Bale’s Moses.