July 8th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
He's won two Emmys in a row for his role as Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” but for Bryan Cranston, being nominated never gets old.
“If you believe in past lives, in my last life I must have been grossly mistreated because something turned around and this has been amazing,” said the actor, who was nominated again this year.
It’s a double congratulations day, as Cranston and his wife are also celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary.
His character on the AMC drama has gone from “Mr. Chips to Scarface” over the last three seasons – from a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher to what will be a “murderous, drug kingpin-type criminal” by the end of the fourth, Cranston said.
“This concept has never been tried before in the history of television,” the nominee said of the transformation. “It’s remarkable to be connected in a pioneering sense with the show… and to be absolutely honest with you we don’t know if it’s going to work. We don’t.”
Audiences seem to think it has so far – this season’s viewership was up 22 percent from last season in the 18 to 49 demographic. Whether Cranston will win his third straight Emmy for the role is another matter.
Cranston says he’s a big fan of the other leading actor nominees, especially Jon Hamm, who’s up for his role on “Mad Men.”
“I think his role is tougher than mine because of the constraints that character has, whereas my character is emotionally, physically all over the place – I get to explore a lot more range than he is able to.”
He also likes Michael C. Hall from “Dexter” but overall Cranston is, of course, just happy to be nominated.
“I don’t look at it in terms of competition,” he said. “We’re all lucky to be invited to the party. It’s a raffle drawing as far as I’m concerned.”
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