Hearts On Their Sleeves: Blindfold Talks to Aaron Paul & Lauren Parsekian
June 27, 2016

by Kathlene McGovern

Photography by Myles Saron & Jeramy Pritchett

You may know him as the meth-cooking, yo-bitching, morally-fractured drug dealer known as Jesse Pinkman on AMC’s Breaking Bad. However, in person he’s nothing like the character he portrays. Aaron Paul together with his fiancée Lauren Parsekian, are focusing their personal lives on their upcoming wedding, female issues, and the power of kindness.

Aaron and Lauren met in Coachella, California just southeast of Los Angeles. They met shortly after Lauren had helped put together the documentary, ‘Finding Kind’. “When I first saw the trailer, she and I were friends, and I was begging just to hang out with her because I was just so inspired by what she was doing. She was seeing someone at the time, so I wasn’t making a move on her. Then when I saw the film I just couldn’t believe it. I was blown away by her work!”

Photo by Myles Saron & Jeramy Pritchett
Aaron Paul with his wife Lauren Parsekian

I put my emotions out there every moment i can... I guess maybe to a fault, but I don't think so. I definitely learned that from my upbringing, it's okay to speak your mind. I mean, I shower Lauren with words; I don't know--maybe it's too much--I'm sure it probably gets a little intense at times.

This couple is cute, because they’ve got that great old Hollywood chemistry. They’re screwball-comedy cute; technicolor cute; Tracy and Hepburn without all the complications! They’ve got that finishing-each- other’s-sentences, and reading-each-other’s-thoughts thing going on that leaves you torn between the relief that great love still exists, and the desire to shout over the aforementioned cliff, “Where’s mine?”

When asked if Lauren thought there’s a place in the mainstream of reality TV for more positive, non-combative programming, Lauren responded; “We’ve had so many meetings with production companies who’ve wanted to do reality shows about Kind Campaign, or just showing our documentary, ‘Finding Kind’, but it always came down to: ‘But we need the drama—we need this.’ I think what people don’t realize is that positive messages do sell! I think our documentary is a perfect example of that. It can be life changing for many girls, as they can relate when they watch it. We’ve never had a girl come up and say, ‘You know, I wish I hadn’t seen that.’ I think this is positive programming that does forward needed and helpful messages. Yet, for the most part, we are inundated with these awful shows.”

Photo by Myles Saron & Jeramy Pritchett
Aaron Paul

Aaron adds, “It shows that drama sells. People just want to see a train wreck go down. It’s so sad that US Weekly is the number one best-selling magazine on the planet. But all it is - trash! However, we’re fortunate to have women like Lauren and Molly, among many other strong, well-spoken women, sharing this message. It is a growing community so needed to counterbalance this negative impact the media is serving up.”

Photo by Myles Saron & Jeramy Pritchett
Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian

Lauren feels that from a girl's standpoint, relationships can be very discouraging. But Aaron brought a refreshing change into her life through his ability to not be afraid to follow his heart. Her friends have even thanked Aaron, for showing them there are guys out there who are not afraid to be open. That's one of the things that really attracted her to Aaron in the first place--was seeing that every day he'll just do some sort of random act of kindness. And it's not because people are looking; half the time he doesn't even know she sees these things.

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About The Author: Jacqueline Romano

Jacqueline Romano is the Creative Director & Editor of Blindfold Magazine. She feels it is her personal vocation to use her creative skills to raise awareness for people and organizations who are making positive change, both globally and locally.

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