Aaron Paul’s lone act on The Price is Right came back in 2000 when he still went by his first name, Aaron Sturtevant. And as for the “fire” he brought to the show, from the moment his name was called to the second his “The Price is Right” dream was shattered by a tough loss in the Showcase Showdown segment collapsed, borderline manic.
Paul was clearly a huge fan of “The Price is Right” before becoming a contestant, even telling then-host Bob Barker, “You’re my idol,” after hearing his name. But the future ‘Westworld’ star hilariously claimed in a 2019 interview with BUILD Series that his energy came at least in part from chugging six Red Bulls before taping the show, going on to say, “I look like I’m on drugs.”
However, it seems that Paul’s soul-shattering loss in Showcase Showdown is what haunts him to this day. The ‘Breaking Bad’ star has been open about this fact for years, even telling James Corden during a 2017 spot on The Late Late Show, “I’ve been so depressed for so long” after the loss. According to Paul, he was struggling to make ends meet at the time and saw a potential big win on The Price is Right as a much-needed source of income.
To make matters worse, one of the friends he attended the recording with actually won the Showcase Showdown. Things were obviously going well for Paul, but his near-miss on The Price is Right clearly remains a sore point.