Bryan Cranston Clarifies Retirement: Only Taking A Year Off
Bryan Cranston is setting the record straight about his retirement plans. The Breaking Bad alum took to his Instagram account recently to let fans know that he’s actually not retiring but rather taking a hiatus.
The clarification comes after the actor’s interview with British GQ, in which he said he would sell half of his and Aaron Paul’s Dos Hombres Mezcal Tequila brand, shut down his production company, Moonshot Entertainment, and live the quiet life in France with his wife of 34 years, Robin Dearden.
Retiring To ‘Pausing’
Cranston’s lengthy Instagram caption reads: “Hey everyone, I hope this little message finds you well. Some news came out that wasn’t entirely clear…even to me. So I wanted to set the record straight.” With a series of photos with him and Robin, he continued, “I am not retiring. What I am going to do is hit the pause button for a year after I reach my 70th birthday in 2026. Holy crap – 70! I’m not even sure what ‘pausing’ means entirely, but at this moment, I think it means that by taking a year off it will provide several things.”
The actor went on to say that hitting the “pause button” will first allow him to spend time with his “beautiful wife” Robin “in a way that I haven’t been able to in the last 25 years…not as a wife of a celebrity, but as a loving married couple entering into – well, let’s be honest, our latter years, with new hopes and goals and experiences.” He hopes the short break will also give him “a sort of ‘reset'” in his career.
The Reset He Needs
Reflecting on his “unbelievable ride” for the last 20 years as an actor, he expressed his gratitude but feels as though he’s begun to “run out of fresh ideas in how to play characters that I’m being offered. So exploring a more expanded life experience will give me the chance to replenish my soul and prepare for whatever roles I may be afforded in a more authentic way.” He added that he will “unplug from social media, step off the hamster wheel of business, and dive into the classic novels that I’ve always promised myself I would read but haven’t…But before that happens, I’ve got some unfinished business.”
Several films are coming out soon that Cranston says he is “very proud of,” as well as serving as producer for “a few stories for TV” that he “really” loves and returning to Broadway. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, for which he received a Tony Award. One of his upcoming projects includes Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, which releases on June 23. Watch the trailer below: