Bryan Cranston, the actor best known for his iconic role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, has announced that he plans to take a break from his career in 2026. In an interview with GQ magazine, the 67-year-old actor said that he plans to retire temporarily and embark on an adventure in a foreign country, possibly France. The aim of this break is to allow Cranston to spend quality time with his wife, Robin Dearden, and to reset his career by exploring new experiences.
Cranston plans to close his production company and sell his share in his mezcal production business before leaving Hollywood. During their time abroad, the couple plans to live in a small town, immerse themselves in the local culture, learn a new language, and explore the art of cooking in their new destination. Cranston clarified that this is a complete getaway from work, and he won’t think about work or take phone calls during this time.
This break is a way for Cranston to restore the dynamics of his relationship with his wife, who has been a great support to him throughout his career. Cranston expressed his desire to level the playing field in their relationship, saying that his wife deserves it. They plan to take a break from their routine, learn new things, and live a more expanded life experience that will allow him to replenish his soul and prepare for any role in a more authentic way.
In addition to this break, Cranston has several unfinished projects that will keep him busy until 2026. He is part of the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s thriller Argylle, which will be released later. He is also part of Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, Asteroid City, set to be released this month. Furthermore, he plans to produce and star in a musical project that he hopes will be unique and special.
Cranston made it clear through social media that his decision to retire will not be final. He plans to hit the pause button for a year after his 70th birthday, and after this break, he will return to work. During this time, he plans to disconnect from social networks, get off the wheel of the business hamster, and immerse himself in the classic novels that he always wanted to read.
In the interview with GQ, the actor also shared what it has been like to build a 34-year bond with his wife. He talked about going to therapy together and how he believes that their relationship will continue to grow in the future. To Cranston, therapy is like a warning light going off on his dash, telling him to pay attention and work on his relationship in a healthy way.