Sorry, Helen of Troy and every other beautiful woman in history. Aaron Paul believes no one could be as wonderful as his fiancée, Lauren Parsekian.
“She’s the greatest woman that has ever existed. No offense to other women on this planet, but she is hands down the best,” the Emmy-winning star of Breaking Bad – whose final season premieres Sunday night on AMC – tells GQ in its August issue.
Paul, 32, proposed to Parsekian, 24, in Paris this past New Year’s Eve. She recently showed off her engagement ring in a Twitter post, and wrote: “I can’t wait to marry you @aaronpaul_8.”
They have not publicly announced a wedding date, but it seems they’re in the thick of wedding planning. “That’s taking up a lot of my time, which is so fun,” he says.
Paul, who is famously conflicted in his role as Breaking Bad‘s foul-mouthed but good-hearted drug dealer Jesse Pinkman, seems to have found a straightforwardly pure soul in Parsekian. She is the founder of the Kind Campaign, a non-profit anti-bullying organization that helps girls abused by other girls.
The couple came together through music. “We’d met at Coachella [the California music festival], became friends,” Paul says. “And then a year later, we fell in love at Coachella. We ran off together at Coachella. You know, first kiss on the Ferris wheel sort of thing.”
It was unlike anything he had felt before. “You know when people say, ‘When you know, you know’? It was crazy,” he says. “Even leading up to the kiss on the Ferris wheel, I couldn’t imagine myself being without her. I was like, ‘Wait, can this actually exist?’ ”
Paul’s character, Jesse, is famous for two words: “b-tch” and “yo.” Perhaps luckily for his relationship, only one of those words has become part of Paul’s real-life vernacular.
“Every ‘b-tch’ is on the page; every ‘yo’ is on the page,” he says of the Breaking Bad scripts. “Sometimes I’ll add a ‘b-tch’ here and there or a couple of ‘yo’s. And ‘yo’ is in my day-to-day vocabulary now. I just cannot get it out.”