We can hardly believe it, but it's been 10 years since "Breaking Bad" debuted on AMC on Jan. 20, 2008. In honor of its major anniversary, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the stars of the lauded drug drama and how they've changed over the years. Keep reading to catch up with the actors who brought Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Gus Fring and more to life…
Bryan Cranston starred as Walter White, a chemistry teacher who begins cooking and then distributing meth under the name Heisenberg after he's diagnosed with lung cancer.
Bryan Cranston earned four Emmys and a Golden Globe for his performance as Walter White on "Breaking Bad." His success on the show helped launch his blockbuster film career: Since the drama debuted, he's had roles in "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Drive," "Larry Crowne," "Contagion," "John Carter," "Rock of Ages," "Total Recall," "Argo," "Godzilla," "Last Flag Flying," "Why Him?" and "Trumbo," for which he earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Bryan also created the Amazon series "Sneaky Pete," executive produces the Amazon anthology series "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams" and scored Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his work as Lyndon B. Johnson in the 2016 HBO original movie "All the Way." The esteemed actor and his second wife, actress Robin Dearden, share daughter Taylor Dearden, who made her acting debut on a 2010 episode of "Breaking Bad" and starred on MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" in 2016 and 2017.
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Aaron Paul starred as Jesse Pinkman, Walt's former student and right-hand man.
Aaron Paul won three Emmys for his performance as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad." His success on the show helped launch his film career: Since the drama debuted, he's had roles in "The Last House on the Left," "Need for Speed," "Exodus: Gods and Kings," "Eye in the Sky," "Triple 9" and "Central Intelligence." He's also voiced Todd on Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" since 2014 and starred on "The Path" since 2016. In May 2013, Aaron married philanthropist Lauren Parsekian, whom he met at Coachella in 2009. (Bryan Cranston served as a groomsman during their nuptials.) The duo is currently expecting their first child, a baby girl.
Anna Gunn starred as Skyler White, Walt's wife and the mother of his two children.
Anna Gunn won two Emmys for her work as Skyler on "Breaking Bad." She went on to star on "Gracepoint" — the American version of the British series "Broadchurch" — in 2014 and then starred as Julia Ayres on the second season of "Shades of Blue" in 2017. Anna also had roles in Kevin Smith's 2011 crime thriller "Red State" and in 2016's "Equity" and "Sully." In 2009, a year after "Breaking Bad" debuted, she and actor Alastair Duncan divorced after nearly 20 years of marriage and two daughters.
Dean Norris starred as Hank Schrader, a DEA Agent who's married to Walt's sister-in-law.
Dean Norris went on to star on "Under the Dome," "Girlboss" and "Claws," which will enter its second season in mid-2018. Since "Breaking Bad" debuted, he's had stints on "The Big Bang Theory," "Scandal," "Body of Proof," "CSI" and "Medium" and appeared in "How Do You Know," "Get the Gringo," "The Frozen Ground," "The Counsellor," "Men, Women & Children," "Secret in Their Eyes," "Fist Fight" and "The Book of Henry." Dean and his wife, Bridget, have five children: three boys and two girls. When their youngest was born in 2009, they gave him the middle name Vincent in honor of "Breaking Bad" creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan. In 2017, the duo opened N-PAC, the Norris Performing Arts Center, in Murrieta, California.
Betsy Brandt starred as Marie Schrader, Skyler's sister and Hank's wife.
Betsy Brandt went on to star on the short-lived sitcom "The Michael J. Fox Show" in 2013 and 2014. She can currently be seen on "Life in Pieces," which debuted in 2015. She also had stints on "Masters of Sex" and "Parenthood," has appeared in a few small independent films, popped up in "Magic Mike" in 2012 and had a role in the 2017 Lifetime drama "Flint." Betsy was pregnant with her second child with husband Grady Olsen while shooting the second season of "Breaking Bad."
Bob Odenkirk starred as Saul Goodman, Walt and Jesse's shady lawyer.
Bob Odenkirk has starred on the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul" since 2015 — and has earned three Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations for his performance as the titular lawyer. He's also had stints on "Entourage," "How I Met Your Mother" and a wide range of sketch comedy series and had roles in "Take Me Home Tonight," "The Spectacular Now," "Nebraska," "The Disaster Artist" and "The Post." Additionally, Bob starred on the first season of "Fargo" and wrote and produced the Netflix dramedy "Girlfriend's Day," in which he starred. In 2017, he and Naomi Yomtov, with whom he shares two children, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Giancarlo Esposito starred as Gustavo "Gus" Fring, a Chilean drug lord who doubles as the philanthropic owner of the Los Pollos Hermanos chain of fast-food restaurants.
Giancarlo Esposito earned an Emmy nomination in 2012 for his work as Gus Fring on "Breaking Bad." In 2017, he returned to the role on the prequel "Better Call Saul." Since he debuted on the drama in 2009, Giancarlo has appeared in "Rabbit Hole," "Alex Cross," "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," "Money Monster" and "Okja." He also voiced Akela in "The Jungle Book" and narrated "Dear White People," had stints on "Allegiance" and "Once Upon a Time" and starred on "Revolution" and "The Get Down."
Jonathan Banks starred as Mike Ehrmantraut, a cleaner and hitman who works for Gus.
Jonathan Banks earned one Emmy nomination for his performance as Mike Ehrmantraut on "Breaking Bad" and three Emmy nominations for his performance as a younger version of the character on the prequel "Better Call Saul." In the years since he first brought the character to life, he's also had stints on "Ringer," "Vegas," "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles" and "Community," voiced Eruptor on "Skylanders Academy" and appeared in "Identity Thief," "Horrible Bosses 2," "Mudbound" and "The Commuter." In 2015, he and his second wife, Gennera Banks, reportedly celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
RJ Mitte starred as Walter Jr., Walt and Skyler's son.
RJ Mitte had a nine-episode stint on "Switched at Birth" in 2014 and has appeared in a number of independent films since "Breaking Bad" went off the air, including "Dixieland," "Who's Driving Doug," "Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets" and "The Recall."
Jesse Plemons starred as the sociopathic Todd Alquist, one of Walt and Jesse's accomplices, whom "Breaking Bad" fans nicknamed "Meth Damon" due to his resemblance to actor Matt Damon.
Since he joined the cast of "Breaking Bad" in 2012, Jesse Plemons has appeared in "The Master," "The Homesman," "Black Mass," "The Program," "Bridge of Spies," "Other People," "The Discovery," "American Made," "Hostiles" and "The Post." He also had roles on "Olive Kitteridge" and the popular 2017 episode of "Black Mirror" titled "USS Callister" and starred on the 2017 CBS All Access comedy "No Activity." In 2015, he starred on the second season of "Fargo," for which he earned an Emmy nomination. He also won the heart of co-star Kirsten Dunst. They got engaged sometime in late 2016 or early 2017 and are reportedly expecting their first child in 2018.
Krysten Ritter portrayed former junkie Jane Margolis, Jesse's landlord and girlfriend.
Krysten Ritter went on to star on "Gravity," "Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23," "Jessica Jones" and "The Defenders." She's also had roles in "She's Out of My League," "Margaret," the "Veronica Mars" movie, "Big Eyes" and "The Hero." She also wrote, produced and starred in the 2011 comedy "L!fe Happens" and published her debut novel, the psychological thriller "Bonfire," in 2017. Krysten reportedly romanced "Gravity" co-star Ivan Sergei in 2009 and 2010 and "Refuge" co-star Brian Geraghty from 2011 to 2013 before finding love with her current boyfriend, The War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel, in 2014.