Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

Aaron Paul: I had some dark times

Aaron Paul stars in A Long Way Down
Aaron Paul stars in A Long Way Down

Aaron Paul has revealed he has been through some trying times like his character in the film A Long Way Down.

The award-winning star admitted that before he found fame as Jesse Pinkman on hit TV show Breaking Bad, he had experienced some dark times.

"There have definitely been times in my life where I was struggling to keep my head above water. I knew what I wanted to do but I had so many ups and downs and I felt so lonely at times. Heartache and heartbreak," he said.

Aaron, who plays failed rocker turned pizza deliverer JJ in A Long Way Down, joked he also shares a past with his character.

"You know, I actually used to be a pizza delivery boy, too. It was one of my many jobs before acting took off. Have I ever harboured dreams of being a rock star? Yeah! What young guy hasn't?" he added.

The 34-year-old revealed he got on very well with his co-stars in the big-screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel - Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette. They play characters who meet when they decide to commit suicide on New Year's Eve.

"I loved everything about working with these guys. The story is about four people who have a strange bond and pretty much save each other from death, and the four of us have this amazing bond, too," he said.

"I don't think we're necessarily saving each other from death - we don't have the same problems - but we get along so well. We really care for each other."

:: A Long Way Down is out on DVD on July 28.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Nightlife Galleries


Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


Be honest about your shortcomings. The sooner you ask for help, the easier it will be to overcome an obstacle. You may require basic training, a hands on tutorial or an official certificate. Admitting your ignorance will make others admire you. Anyone can profess expertise. It takes someone with real courage to expose their vulnerability. The skills you acquire will enhance your earning potential. Anyone who pokes fun at your lack of knowledge is projecting their own insecurities onto you.More