Actor Bryan Cranston revealed he may step away from acting to focus on his marriage.
The Breaking Bad star commented on a potential retirement in an interview with British GQ, saying he felt a “change in the paradigm” after wife Robin Dearden supported his acting career for decades.
“For the last 24 years, Robin has led her life holding onto my tail,” the actor told the outlet. “She’s been the plus one, she’s been the wife of a celebrity. She’s had to pivot and adjust her life based on mine. She has tremendous benefit from it, but we’re uneven. I want to level that out. She deserves it.”
Cranston also revealed Dearden and himself had been attending therapy together even before they married.
“I look at it like the warning light going off on your dashboard. It’s telling you, ‘You might want to pay attention to this,’” he continued. “I love my wife, and we want to go the distance, but I want to do it in a healthy way.”
“I don’t want to just be with her. I don’t want to just have the two of us go into a restaurant and no one says a word.”
“I’m in a very opportune position where I don’t have to work. I don’t want a job, but I love to work. There’s a big distinction between the two.” @BryanCranston https://t.co/UHbOrvhBU7#GQHeroes #GQHeroesxBMW
— British GQ (@BritishGQ) June 8, 2023
Cranston and Deardon met while working on CBS’ Airwolf in 1986, though both were in separate relationships at the time. The two developed a relationship together and married in 1989.
“It was 30 years ago that we met on that terrible TV show,” Cranston said of their initial meeting. “It changed both of our lives.”
“He had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend at the time,” explained Dearden in a 2016 interview with People Magazine. “But I thought that he was the funniest man that I had ever met.
“I think it was serendipitous, because, as Robin says, if we had been unencumbered at the time and started dating, she doesn’t think that we would have stayed together,” he said of their initial meeting. “But because she had a boyfriend and I had a girlfriend, we were able to flirt without the heavy sexual tension, but there was sexual tension, let me tell you! But not the heavy sexual tension, not the ‘faux pas’ sexual tension, but it was there.”