IMTA Alum Actor Aaron Paul was awarded his second Emmy for his work as Jessie Pinkman in AMC's acclaimed series Breaking Bad! Aaron competed at IMTA in 1997 when he was 17 years old!
In an interview with The Idaho Statesman, Aaron discussed his IMTA experience. Here is an excerpt:
"Paul arrived in Los Angeles at 17 in 1997, along with thousands of kids from across the country, for the International Model and Talent Association competition. He prepared a monologue for the big showcase that draws managers and agents looking for the next big thing, but that’s not the one he delivered.
'Here I am this kid from Boise, Idaho, and I’m sitting there watching and realize that there’s no way my monologue is going to stand out,' he says. 'I knew this was my shot, and I had to do something bold, something dangerous.'
Paul went to his room and wrote his own monologue about a boy who wakes up inside a padded cell in an insane asylum. His character talks to his mother (the audience) through the hole in the door, pleading for his release. Paul knew he nailed it when hotel security showed up at his door.
The risk paid off. Paul won runner-up and signed with his first manager that day."
After competing at IMTA, Aaron Paul has appeared in many television shows and movies, including Judging Amy, NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami, Point Pleasant and Big Love. His portrayal of Jessie Pinkman in Breaking Bad is his breakthrough role and has earned him three Emmy nominations with two wins!
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