Everyone has that special album, film, or even TV show that means something a little extra special to them.
For Aaron Paul that special thing is Pearl Jam’s first album, Ten. So it definitely made the Breaking Bad actor’s day when he met the band’s lead singer (and current Twin Peaks contributor), Eddie Vedder, in person.
Documenting the occasion with a photo on Instagram, the actor described in the caption his personal connection to the album, which he says was the very first he ever bought.
“It was my 12th birthday and I showed up to this small record store inside of our local mall with a sock full of change that I collected specifically to buy this album,” Paul explained. “I came home with my new birthday gift I had just bought myself and I was beaming. Could not wait to listen to it. I opened the door to my home and I could feel the silence in my bones. My house was empty.”
“Now you need to know that I come from a very large family and to walk inside of our home with nobody there was extremely rare. I mean it was my birthday after all and nobody was home,” continued the Emmy-winning actor. “I was alone. So then of course I took advantage of the situation and put the record on and turned it up. For hours and hours just listening to this record over and over again.”
But it turns out there was good reason for the empty house. “‘Honey, we’re at the hospital,'” the BoJack Horseman voice actor recalled about an unexpected phone call from his mom. “My heart sank and time stood still and all I could hear was Eddie singing in the background. My mother then explained to me that my sister had just given birth. She had given birth to a little girl the same day Pearl Jam’s first album came out. On my birthday.”
Paul concluded, “I love coming of age stories. Goonies, Stand By Me, Wonder Years. Kids just trying to figure it all out. I will never forget the end of that summer. The summer where I turned 12, listening to my first record, alone inside of my house, on my birthday, wondering where the hell everyone was.”