Breaking vows! Bryan Cranston detailed how he lost his virginity as a teen in Amsterdam’s Red Light District during his recent interview with James Lipton on last week’s episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio.
The Trumbo actor, 59, shared how he was a young man visiting Europe with 20 of his fellow teenage pals when they stopped by the infamous (legal) prostitution hub, where nude women line the windows of red-lit “shops.”
“We went to Europe for a month,” the Breaking Bad alum recalled of the experience. “It cost us like seven or eight hundred dollars, if you don’t include the prostitutes.”
Two of his friends, who were training with the Los Angeles Police Department at the time, decided to visit the Red Light District. “I’m panicking,” Cranston recalled of the moment when the idea was brought up. “I didn’t want to tell them I was a virgin.”
Still, they proceeded with the plan. “We go to this house with a red light, which I thought was very convenient and subtle advertising,” he recalled. “I’m backing out. I’m nervous as hell.”
One of his friends negotiated the prices while Cranston shyly stood in the foyer. It was then, while alone, that the future star was approached by a woman. According to Cranston, he didn’t have enough money, but she still took him to a room in the house.
Meanwhile, the audience roared and cheered in response. “I don’t know if you should be applauding that,” Cranston cracked.
The experience, he said, was a mixture of two things: “Awful and wonderful.” He added that everything was fine after he reunited with his pals. “Of course when I got back to the other 20 guys with the group, all 16 to 18 years old, I was good,” the star joked.
The Golden Globe winner is married to Robin Dearden, with whom he shares daughter Taylor, 22.
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