In 1998, Aaron Paul was a young unknown actor who had just moved to Los Angeles with big dreams of acting stardom. To pass the time in between auditions, he and his friends would attempt to be contestants on The Price Is Right, so often that he had a whole technique down, involving arriving at a specific window of time to ensure being in the middle of the audience. Very rarely are contests chosen from the beginning or the end of the line, he shared.
The behind-the-scenes wizards at The Tonight Show made it so that host Jay Leno could surprise Breaking Bad star Paul on air with footage from the appearance, which Paul himself hadn’t seen since its airing. Paul admitted to having had “about six Red Bulls, obviously,” and the over-caffeinated star’s excitement is over-the-top hilarious.
In addition, footage has been unearthed of Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston’s first-ever television appearance. He played Sam Shepherd on Crisis Counselor, a fictionalized intervention-slash-counseling session dealing with tough (albeit not real) situations with the help of a counselor whose alliterative name is not at all indicative of superhero powers, Thom Thompson.
Watch footage of Paul’s The Price Is Right appearance, plus footage of Bryan Cranston’s first television gig, below.