You guys, you will never believe who just called me. BRYAN CRANSTON. As in WALTER WHITE. One of my friends, Ben, suggested tweeting Moira Walley-Beckett, one of the Breaking Bad writers, a picture of my Halloween costume. She retweeted it, which led to Aaron Paul messaging me/retweeting it. That in itself was the coolest thing ever, and I didn’t expect anything else to happen.
Then, about a week ago, Moira asked for my email address because she was planning something fun for me. I then spoke with her assistant who asked for my phone number, but didn’t say why. Being the brilliant person that I am, I accidentally gave her the WRONG phone number. I was one number off, something that also happened the first time I gave Michael my number (but that’s another story). Two days later she emailed me letting me know that BRYAN CRANSTON had been trying to get ahold of me and couldn’t. Of course I immediately corrected the mistake, but when he tried calling yesterday I was in the middle of a procedure and he left me a voicemail saying that I was harder to get ahold of than he is. I was sure that was it, no way BRYAN CRANSTON was going to keep calling me after three days of mishaps. I clearly underestimated how awesome he is because he called again today! This time, I was finally able to answer.
We talked for about 15 minutes, including when my phone dropped the call thanks to terrible hospital service, and he had to call me back. We talked about Breaking Bad, what an incredible show it is and how well it depicted cancer, while never letting that be what defined Walt. I told him how even though Walt isn’t a good role model in most ways (obviously), his determination to not let cancer keep him from doing what he wanted (making meth, murdering people, whatever) has always inspired me. He agreed that Walt isn’t a good role model, but also cited the scene where Walt is at the hospital, sitting next to a young man who was recently diagnosed. He tells him that he can’t let the cancer define him, that he has to keep doing what he wants and living his life. This is literally one of my favorite scenes ever (I watched it just a few weeks after I found out I had relapsed) so I was so excited he brought it up. We talked about my diagnosis and the past two years, as well as USC (his daughter also goes there). Then he congratulated me on being such a fighter and told me to “be well.”
I can’t even begin to explain what a nice guy he is. He was so easy to talk to and was genuinely interested in what I had to say. If Breaking Bad wasn’t already one of my favorite shows, it’s incredible cast and crew alone would have been enough to convince me.
I still can’t stop smiling.