aaron-paul-GQ.jpg“Breaking Bad” returns to AMC this Sunday, July 15, to kick off its fifth and final season. Star Aaron Paul, everyone’s favorite TV drug dealer, tells GQ fans are in for the darkest season yet.

On the process of filming:

“We’re only given one script at a time. I’m always dying to read the next episode. And I go to set even when I’m off, just to see the thing played out.”

On his future after “Breaking Bad” is over:

“It’s hard for me to swallow, that I’m gonna be unemployed very soon.” But surely scripts are stacked ceiling-high on his bedside table? “You’d think so. And there are offers to play the lovable drug dealer again. I used to do anything, but after this show, how proud I am, it’s really hard to say yes to certain projects.”

On his career pre-“Breaking Bad’:

“The first part of my career, how I was paying the bills was commercials. I was just doing tons of commercials. But I grew up watching ‘The Wonder Years,’ that was my favorite show. I wanted to do something like that: something special, something unique and honest. One of my first jobs was the original ‘90210.’ The very next week, I got a phone call with an offer to do an episode of ‘Melrose Place.’ Small little tiny role, but I thought, ‘My god, my career is taking off. This is amazing.’ And then I didn’t work like, four or five months.”

This issue of GQ hits newsstands July 24. Read the full interview at the GQ website.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."