Since his breakout role in Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul has never shied away from intense roles. For the most part his characters are positioned at a critical life precipice, a stage at which every next decision could be the one that completely unravels everything. Such is the case for his latest film, Eye In The Sky, in which he portrays a drone pilot ordered to carry out a deadly strike on an area in Kenya where young children are playing. Caught in a struggle between his conscious and his commanding officer, played by Helen Mirren, he does everything in his power to spare an innocent life.
"I just love stories with conflict," Paul tells us from his suite in the Waldorf Astoria in New York. "I wasn't very familiar with drone warfare when I first started on this movie, but the more I learned, the more I was fascinated in these soldiers' ability to compartmentalize. Would I be able to pull the trigger? Absolutely not. But that's why I could never do what these guys do."
His other recent projects, Triple 9 and Hulu's new cult-based series The Path are just as affecting, leaving us to ask how Paul chooses to decompresses from these arduous shoots. His answer lies in his home state, Idaho, where he has a secluded cabin to get away from it all.