The Word: Why Anna Gunn’s face looked like that on ‘Breaking Bad’

Anna Gunn from AMC's series 'Breaking Bad" won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Reuters
Anna Gunn from AMC’s series ‘Breaking Bad” won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

There were a whole lot of jokes made about the strange puffiness that Skyler White’s face developed in later seasons of “Breaking Bad.” Ha ha, awesome, it’s because Anna Gunn had a serious illness.

People are pretty mean about Skyler generally (as Gunn articulately pointed out), so this is just one more reason for them to feel like heels. (Not me. I am always kind to celebrities.) Gunn looked radiant at the Emmys on Sunday, where she explained to reporters the reason for her altered appearance. ”I was actually ill while I was filming the show and it affected my weight,” she told People. “They gave me cortisone and I puffed up and gained weight. Now I’m better, thank God.”

The Emmy-winning actress declined to say what her illness was, probably because the Internet would make fun of it.

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston doesn’t know if his character can be redeemed – and he doesn’t think it matters much.

“Is it important? It’s such a subjective viewpoint. I don’t judge him,” Cranston told Metro. “This was all designed. This series is unlike any in the history of television. This show was meant to be discomforting.

“The hook was to make him sympathetic. We knew that if we could make you sympathize with him at first — in the first couple episodes, we were rooting for him. You were rooting for him to make crystal methamphetamine and sell it to the world. Why is that good? There is ambivalence even in that.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.