TV Junkie Interview: Dean Norris from 'Breaking Bad'
Dean Norris is currently thrilling us as ultra-macho DEA agent Hank Schrader on AMC's "Breaking Bad" but we've been watching this great actor for over 25 years. From "N.Y.P.D. Blue" to the "X-Files" to "The Unit" and beyond, Dean Norris has just kept popping up so we've been very pleased to get so much of him so regularly in "Breaking Bad". Norris' character, Hank, has gone through some drastic changes, as most of the characters have, he's gone from a comic element, the jovial macho guy, to a panic attack-stricken paranoid. Hank is so real and exciting, it's been a great, if not nail-biting journey. Tonight's episode of "Breaking Bad" will very much feature Hank so be sure to tune in at 10pm.
LAist: You have such a storied career, starting way back on "The Equalizer" with Edward Woodward.
Dean Norris: "The Equalizer" was my very first show, that's how I got my SAG card. That was literally my first audition in New York City, I was living on somebody's couch - for $200 a month I had a couch and a suitcase and my agent sent me out to try that on a lark and I got it. I just had a couple lines but for me the fact was that I was getting my first job as a professional actor which is always a tough nut to crack.