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5 things to know about Aaron Paul

He's the 'it' dude of 2012

August 15, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

He's been making his mark as meth sidekick Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad" since 2008, but this just might be Aaron Paul's biggest summer yet. Here are five things to know about this rad dude before he blows up any bigger.

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1 -- He's a total romantic

Step back ladies, Aaron's taken -- and way in love. He described his engagement to Vulture this way: "We were walking the streets [in Paris] alone with a bottle of Champagne in hand, and right before midnight we were sitting on a stoop in St. Germain, surrounded by lit-up Christmas trees. And we started dancing to some Edith Piaf ... and then I popped the question." Swoon.

2 -- He once was on everybody's favorite game show

No, not "Deal or No Deal." Jesse was lucky enough to score a spot on "The Price is Right" in 1998 after moving to L.A., and the video recently resurfaced during his appearance on "The Tonight Show." You can tell the guy thought it was his big break -- he did a great "come on down!" dance and screamed "You're the man, Bob!" at host Bob Barker. Truer words were never spoken.

3 -- His TV resume features from pretty big names -- and tiny parts

"Beverly Hills, 90210," "Melrose Place," "The X-Files," "CSI," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "NYPD Blue," "ER," "CSI: Miami," "Veronica Mars." What do these shows have in common? Aaron appeared on all of them -- for only one episode. We're guessing he got killed off a lot.

4 -- He's a Chicago fan.

Aaron is from Idaho, but he knows how to have a good time in the Windy City. His Lollapalooza visit included a game of celebrity kickball Aug. 4, which he's played every year since its inauguration in 2010. He scored a run for the gray team, which took home the 8-7 win -- and a giant, guitar-festooned trophy.

5 -- His breakout movie role is right around the corner.

Not that we didn't love Aaron as the titular weirdo in "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" or anything -- OK, yeah, we never saw it. But now he's on tap for his first big-name flick -- the adaptation of Nick Hornby's "Long Way Down," deadline.com reports. Hornby books like "Fever Pitch," "High Fidelity" and "About A Boy" were major box-office successes, so we see only the best coming for Aaron.

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