PARK CITY, UTAH. Aaron Paul
has been wearing out a groove between Los Angeles and Sundance over the past 10 weeks, making appearances for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards in one location and zipping back and forth for premiere and press on the indie drama "Hellion" in the other.
In "Hellion," directed by Kat Candler, Paul plays a widower struggling to keep his family together, particularly rebellious, motocross-loving teen son Jacob (Josh Wiggins).
"Hellion" is Wiggins' first credit on any screen bigger than YouTube, which led me to ask Paul about his own first screen role and how his work in that project compared to his Sundance co-star. We also discussed how they kept things estranged on-screen, but warm and convivial off.
Since this is the second time in three Sundances that I've interviewed Paul for a film in which he plays an alcoholic (following 2012's "Smashed"), I asked about different versions of addiction.
And, of course, we discussed "Breaking Bad
," Jesse Pinkman and Paul's relief at escaping from that character's tortured headspace, but his excitement about returning to a younger, goofier version for the AMC spinoff "Better Call Saul
." How soon will Paul be ready to return to that world? He explains.
"I love that family so much. Whenever they want me, I'm there, because it would be nice to jump into Jesse again in his lighter days," he says of the prequel.
Check out the full interview above.
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