The celebrity memoir I have read recently is one that all actors should consider reading. This one is very honest and open. If you know Malcolm in the Middle, and Breaking Bad, you are familiar with Bryan Cranston, who landed his first role at seven. But not long after, his father disappeared from his life and the struggles of survival and his eventual triumph over that makes this a compelling book.
Bryan Cranston talks about his upbringing, and some of the ups and downs of being an actor, which was not his first choice. But taking an acting course, and the effect it had on him, echoes throughout his passion. Taking a look at his early beginnings in a soap opera to working on an episode of The X-Files which eventually led to the legendary Walter White role on Breaking Bad.
He details his work ethic and recalls some of his past that he learned from. Even going into detail about a motorcycle journey that sealed his professional choice for the rest of his life.
I feel personally connected to this book, as I actually was able to see Mr. Cranston in Kansas City, right across the street from where my acting agent works. He was a charming, humorous and real person. Just listening to him talk, I was really intrigued and related to some of the struggles of being an actor. I think most actors could relate to his struggle as well. One really awesome detail, is that my book was signed. A handful of the several hundred copies that were there had his signature.
Absolutely a wonderful read. Even if you are not an actor, you can relate to the human being in this memoir. I couldn’t put it down, and even read until I fell asleep because, if you will pardon the cliche, it was a PAGE TURNER.