IMTA Alum Aaron Paul appeared on the cover of the August 16th, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone! Aaron is featured on the cover with his Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston! In an article with the Idaho Statesman, Aaron reminisces about his IMTA experience. Here's 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."
Aaron was recently awarded his second Emmy for his portrayal of Jessie Pinkman in the hit show AMC's Breaking Bad! He just booked the lead in the DreamWorks action film The Need for Speed.