Bryan Cranston is one of those people who seemed to pop into Hollywood as a fully formed actor. My first exposure to Cranston was as Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, although as an adult I’ve now seen his earlier work in Seinfield. His star power hit its zenith during his tenure on Breaking Bad. While I was a latecomer to his genius turn as Walter White I was caught up and a rabid fan by the time the series finale aired.
“I will pursue something that I love — and hopefully become good at it, instead of pursuing something that I’m good at — but don’t love.”
Cranston of course did not simply appear in Hollywood as a bonafide television star but rather toiled away in various odd jobs while attempting to find lasting success in the acting world. Cranston had a strained relationship with both of his parents and he details his tumultuous childhood with his readers. Cranston’s father was actually an aspiring actor, but it wasn’t until a cross country motorcycle road trip with his brother that Bryan decided to pursue acting over a career in law enforcement.
I have a finite time on earth. I’m not interested in coasting through it. I want to be invested.
I loved his writing style; most of the essays were short and sweet but they were all deeply honest and personal. Knowing how he approaches his craft it is no surprise he would turn in such a thoughtful, outstanding book. Some of his revelations were jaw dropping, but I won’t spoil anything. I’ll just say that A Life in Parts is probably one of the best celebrity memoirs I’ve read!