Aaron Paul: 'Breaking Bad' Emmy Nom 'Bittersweet'


Aaron Paul learned of his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad) as he announced the 65th Primetime Emmy Award nominations alongside Neil Patrick Harris early Thursday morning, and ET was on hand to get his reaction to the exciting honor.

"I'm gonna go start drinking mimosas ... is that terrible?," he joked.

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But he did admit that the critically acclaimed show's multiple nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series, is bittersweet given that audiences are currently in the fifth -- and final -- season of the AMC hit.

"It is bittersweet, but we had the best time ever," he said of the cast's experience working on Breaking Bad. "Our DP said, 'Don't cry cause it's over, just smile cause it happened,' and I couldn't agree with that more. It's nice that the Emmys will kind of bring us all back together as a family reunion, and celebrate the time we had together, and the work that we all did together. So it's great."

ET also caught up with Neil Patrick Harris, who aside from being this year's Emmy Awards host, also filled in as a last-minute replacement for Kate Mara to announce the nominations given that her flight got delayed and was unable to takeoff Wednesday night.

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But does the experienced awards show host still get nervous about performing on the big night?

"I always find that when I'm most confident -- when I think I'm really killing it -- then I screw up," he said about any nerves for the upcoming Emmys. "Then I read the teleprompter wrong, or stumble, so, there's like 30 percent loathing and 70 percent confidence. That seems to be a good fit for me."

Check out the video to hear TV Academy Chairman/CEO Bruce Rosenblum talk about the possibility of a special Cory Monteith tribute at this year's show.

The Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on CBS.