Breaking Bad Actor Bryan Cranston: Acting is “My Mistress”

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston calls acting his "mistress"
Bryan Cranston calls acting his "mistress" in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Bad to the bone. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is rounding the corner toward the final season of the hit AMC series, but the actor isn't about to quit the acting game anytime soon.

"You got to love it to do it," he tells CBS Sunday Morning's Lee Cowan in an interview set to air on Sunday, Aug. 11. "And I love it. It's my mistress. I will have an affair with acting for as long as I can."

The 57-year-old actor, who has made a name for himself as troubled chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White on the series, adds that he used to dream about the day when he would get a chance to say he'd made it in Hollywood.

"I used to load trucks downtown Los Angeles, graveyard shift," he says. "And you'd have guys yelling at you, using your last name: 'Cranston! Let's go! Let's go! High and tight! Come on! Load those trucks.' You know, just barking at you constantly." 

"And the only thing that got me through was just daydreaming, at some point, somewhere along my path, I'm going to be able to say, I make a living as an actor," he continues.

Prior to his leading role on Breaking Bad, Cranston was already a familiar face on television, having tackled roles as bumbling dad Hal on Malcolm in the Middle and guest spots on Seinfeld and From the Earth to the Moon.

Despite his meteoric rise to fame, however, the actor is adamant that he's still in disbelief over his good fortune from time to time.

"To this day, when I drive onto a studio lot, I just, I just smile, because look at this!" he says. "Look at what I get to do!"

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