VETERAN ACTOR BRYAN CRANSTON TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD” ACTING IS HIS “MISTRESS”
CRANSTON TELLS LEE COWAN: “I WILL HAVE AN AFFAIR WITH ACTING FOR AS LONG AS I CAN”
Caption: (L-R) Lee Cowan and Bryan Cranston
Veteran actor and Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston says acting is “my mistress” in an interview with Lee Cowan for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast August 11, 2013 (9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network
“You got to love to do it,” Cranston tells Cowan. “And I love it. It’s my mistress. I will have an affair with acting for as long as I can.”
Cranston credits an acting class he took on a whim getting him into the business, despite growing up in a home where both parents were actors.
“I used to load trucks downtown Los Angeles, graveyard shift,” Cranston recalls. “And you’d have guys yelling at you, using your last name: ‘Cranston! Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go! High and tight! Come on! Load those trucks.’ You know, just barking at you constantly. And the only thing that got me through was just daydreaming, at some point, somewhere along my path, I’m going to be able to say, I make a living as an actor.”
He’s been in the business for two decades, racking up roles on series such as “Seinfeld,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and now “Breaking Bad,” where he plays a high school chemistry teacher who upon learning he has terminal cancer gets into making and selling crystal meth to earn money for the family he’ll leave behind.
His next role is playing President Lyndon B. Johnson on stage.
When he got into acting, Cranston says, his intentions were just to be a working actor, not being a star.
“To this day, when I drive onto a studio lot,” he tells Cowan, “I just, I just smile because, look at this! Look at what I get to do!”
Cowan’s interview with Cranston will be broadcast August 11, 2013. CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
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