Aaron Paul with his "Breaking Bad" co-star Bryan Cranston at last year's Emmys. Cranston, who plays Walter on the show, also is nominated in the Lead Actor category and the show is nominated for Best Drama.
Boise born and raised actor Aaron Paul is again nominated for his role as the tragically lost Jesse Pinkman on AMC's "Breaking Bad."
Paul went to Centennial High School where he discovered acting.
"I was just obsessed with it," Paul told me in an interview when he received his first nomination for the role in 2009. "I got really serious (and) my teacher Nancy Link told me, 'If you want to do this, you should absolutely shoot for the stars.' I graduated a year early so I could go to Los Angeles and give it a shot, " he said.
He did so with the full support of his parents, Robert and Darla Sturtevant.
Paul worked as an usher at the Universal Studios Theatre in Hollywood and was a contestant on "The Price is Right," before his break came when he appeared in the Korn video "Thoughtlessness."
In "Breaking Bad," Jesse battles personal demons, drugs and thugs at every turn. The character was supposed to die in the first season, but after the pilot, creator Vince Gilligan saw the potential of his character and Paul's performance and kept him around. He is now going into his fourth season in the role. He also has a continuing role on "Big Love" as the clean-cut Scott, who married Sarah (Amanda Seyfried), the oldest daughter of in a polygamist family.
His competition is pretty stiff, as always: Martin Short, "Damages," FX; Terry O'Quinn, "Lost," ABC; Michael Emerson, "Lost," ABC; John Slattery, "Mad Men," AMC; Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age," TNT. It's anyone's guess who will win.
About "Breaking Bad": It's a dark comedy about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher played by Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle") who discovers he has cancer shortly after his 50th birthday. Walter copes by taking a spin on the wild side. While on a ride-along with his DEA agent brother-in-law, he sees a former student escaping out the back of a meth house. Walter tracks him down and the two team up to cook and sell meth. It's a partnership that leads them both down interesting, dark, rocky and twisted paths.
LE DAWSON AND 'MAD MEN':
Emmy winning costumer supervisor Le Dawson is again nominated for his work with designer Janie Bryant for "Mad Men." Dawson and his family moved to Idaho a few years ago. Dawson stays in L.A. when the show is filming and spends as much time as he can in Idaho.
During his career, he has worked in films such as "Silverado" and "Wyatt Earp" but mostly on television shows such as "China Beach," (for which he earned his first two Emmy nominations), "Deadwood" (three nominations, one win in 2005) and now "Mad Men." Bryant and Dawson have made the show's sleek, ’60s look an influential part of today's fashion.
Their competition is "Glee," "The Good Wife," "30 Rock," and the period costume epic "The Tudors."
"Mad Men" received 17 nominations. The costume award will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys, which will be held on an earlier night.
You can catch the live broadcast of the Emmys, and root for Paul and Dawson, on NBC, Sunday, August 29.