Bryan Cranston: ‘My Oscars face will be natural, not rehearsed’

Bryan Cranston hasn’t been practicing his Oscars face.

The American star is in the running for the best actor gong at the 2016 Academy Awards for his impressive turn as real life screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, but faces stiff competition from Leonardo DiCaprio who many believe is a shoe-in to win for movie The Revenant. Bryan’s Oscar-nominated film Trumbo has also garnered widespread praise, but Bryan isn’t getting his hopes up just yet.

“Gosh no,” he laughed to Britain’s Metro newspaper when asked if he’s been practising his winning face. “The best thing is just to be real, to be in the moment, to be gracious. If it doesn’t happen, that’s OK. It’s just great to be invited to the party.

“I’m very proud of all my great fortune, but the Oscar is the first award that became known to me growing up. Hearing those words, ‘an Academy Award nominee’, was like ‘wow’.”

If he does go home with the golden statue, it will join an already impressive awards cabinet. Bryan is the proud owner of six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his mega successful turn in Breaking Bad, where he played chemistry teacher turned meth-maker Walter White.

Since beginning his acting career in the early ’80s, the 59-year-old has played varying roles. One thing that has always remained a constant though is his life away from the camera.

“I always say I want my home life to be as sane as possible, so that I can go insane in my professional life,” he explained. “In order to survive this business, which is highly competitive and aggressive, you need to create a normal life around you. It’s true for most performers that they seek something solid, foundationally.

“What I do is purge after each role. So Walter White has left me. I took some time to let that go. To wash him away and respectfully allow him to die. Same with Dalton Trumbo and whoever comes next. That way there is nor residue left in me. It’s a clean slate.”

– Cover Media