Bryan Cranston: Being Famous “Is Almost Like Being a Pregnant Woman”

Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston says being famous is like being pregnant  Noam Galai/WireImage

Ever wondered what it feels like to be famous? Well, according to Bryan Cranston, it feels like you’re pregnant. The Breaking Bad alum, 59, compared being famous to being with child in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“Being [famous] is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly and tell you, ‘Oh, you're going to have a boy!’ It's like having a complete stranger fondling you,” the Trumbo star explained. “And they have this sensibility where they feel comfortable coming up to you and saying, ‘You know that thing you did? I didn't like that movie.’”

That said, don’t fear Cranston, who won four Emmys for his portrayal of chemistry-teacher-gone-very-bad Walter White, if you see him on the street.

“They’ll go, ‘I didn’t like your character’s arc.’ But I’m open to all of it,” Cranston told THR. "The only failure in art is when you move someone to no emotion whatsoever. I'd rather have people fiercely angry with me so long as they're moved to some emotion. Even if the emotion was off-target — even if I was trying to move the audience one place and they go another. You missed, but at least they felt something.”

The Malcolm In the Middle alum also weighed in on the money that comes with fame and confirmed, not surprisingly, it’s better to be wealthy.

“I tell my agency [UTA], ‘Do the best you can.’ They say, ‘We want to tell you about the deal.’ I say, ‘Are you happy?’ ‘I think we could get a little more.’ ‘All right, try.’ I don't want to appear smug, but I don't need a job. I've been really poor, foreclose-on-your-house poor. And I've been rich. Rich is better,” he admitted. “But I'm just now starting to get used to the hour of fame. I haven't been able to let the dust settle yet.”

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