Bryan Cranston Reveals He Was "Never A Big Pot Guy"

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The "Breaking Bad" star reveals he's not one to get blazed.

Bryan Cranston, star of the hit AMC show Breaking Bad, hit fans with an interesting tidbit about his habits. Contrary to his on-screen character in the popular series (threatening meth cook Walter White, AKA Heisenberg), the 66-year-old actor revealed he's not one for drugs. He has, however, had some weird experiences related to weed – namely an incident with Seth Rogen.

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While inducting guitarist and rock artist Steve Miller into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, Cranston said he was never a "midnight taker" in his youth.

“I wasn’t a big pot guy,” he told Page Six. “It wasn’t for me. Of course, pot back then was terrible, it was awful and it was raspy and horrible. It was never really for me.”

Bryan Cranston and inductee (and idol) Steve Miller at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 51st Annual Induction and Awards Gala at Marriott Marquis on June 16, 2022 in New York City - Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

The Emmy-winning star, however, has always been a fan of the Steve Miller Band growing up. He used his middle school experiences to explain why his music had such a large impact.

“Leaving middle school to high school there are so many questions going on at that time,” Cranston explained. “What does it mean to be an adult, what things are expected of me. It’s a very vulnerable time and music plays such an important part in inserting itself and marking those dates for you.”


“A lot of his music was that for me,” he continued. “Coming at a time when I needed to feel a boost of energy or confidence or a charge of serenity.”

While Mr. White may not be a pothead, he does have his own mezcal line with Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul called "Dos Hermanos," which launched in July of 2019 and has become the fifth most popular mezcal in the world. Cranston, as he should be, is quite proud of the achievement.

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“It’s so beautiful and balanced,” he noted. “There’s a hint of sweetness to it, there’s a slight smokiness and a warm finish but it’s not harsh. It’s very inviting. We’re very proud of it.”

Cranston and Paul's bromance is still as strong as ever, almost ten years after Breaking Bad wrapped up. Paul recently asked his co-star and business partner to be his son's godfather. They're also set to provide cameo appearances in the series finale of Better Call SaulBreaking Bad's spinoff show.

Whether it's celebrating one of his heroes, making his own drink, starring in amazing projects, or refusing to join the stoner crowd, it's clear that Bryan Cranston follows his passions in his line of work.

“Honestly, I don’t want to do anything I’m not passionately involved in. I shouldn’t. I don’t need to. I don’t need or want a job so why not do work that you’re passionate about?”


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.