Episode 11: Actor Bryan Cranston
I spoke with Bryan Cranston, star of “Breaking Bad” and most recently “All the Way” as President Lyndon B. Johnson, at the 2016 White House Correspondents Garden Brunch.
One of Cranston’s first memories of having an interest in politics was after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. As a 7 year old, he “noticed the ripple effect it had on everybody…It popped me out of my self-centeredness and said there’s something important going on that I need to pay attention to.” President Johnson was the first president he ever listened to and realized how important it is to pay attention.
On the importance of getting involved this election season: “Voting is a voice…if you don’t vote, you don’t have that voice.” Cranston explained that if someone tells him they don’t vote, he tells them he can’t talk to them “because they don’t have a voice…if you don’t care enough to take the responsibility to vote, you don’t have a voice, and therefore I have nothing to say to you.”
Cranston said that the national debt will influence his decision about who to vote for this year. “I don’t want to have the country continue raising the debt to leave it to our children.” He is currently supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
Download the podcast of this Volta Insider interview with Bryan Cranston on AudioBoom or iTunes, where you can also access the full Garden Brunch podcast episode featuring media notables, Hollywood stars, and leaders from the business and non-profit sectors.