Bryan Cranston plans to retire from acting in 2026 to devote more time to his wife of more than 30 years. The Breaking Bad alum tells British GQ about his three-year exit plan. For the outlet’s June cover story, Cranston, 67, tells them that his wife, Robin Dearden, “has led her life holding onto my tail” for the last 24 years.
Dearen, 69, is an actress herself, having starred in 1980’s Magnum, P.I. She even made a cameo on Breaking Bad in the first episode of season three. Cranston, who shares 30-year-old daughter Taylor with Robin, tells the outlet his wife has “been the plus one.” He adds, “She’s had to pivot and adjust her life based on mine. She has tremendous benefit from it, but we’re uneven. I want to level that out. She deserves it.”
Noting how he and his wife “have been going to therapy together since before we were married,” Cranston continued, “I look at it like the warning light going off on your dashboard. It’s telling you, ‘You might want to pay attention to this.'” The Asteroid City star speaks candidly of how much he loves his wife. “We want to go the distance, but I want to do it in a healthy way,” he adds. “I don’t want to just be with her. I don’t want to just have the two of us go into a restaurant, and no one says a word.”
“My wife and I have been going to therapy together since before we were married. I look at it like the warning light going off on your dashboard. It’s telling you, ‘You might want to pay attention to this.’” – @BryanCranston.https://t.co/UHbOrvh44z pic.twitter.com/ySvq28117b— British GQ (@BritishGQ) June 8, 2023
Therapy has helped Cranston recognize his flaws and to be aware of his mistakes. When he’s unable to see these things for himself, he says his wife is “so sensitive and so beautiful and lovely, and she gets her little feelings hurt, and she’s just quiet. And I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve wounded a bird. Oh man.’” He has learned to be “pretty free in saying, ‘I’m sorry.’”
Cranston and Dearden first met while filming a scene together on the 1986 show Airwolf. At the time, they were both in relationships. They then started dating a year later. In a 2016 interview with People, Dearden told the outlet, “I thought that he was the funniest man that I had ever met.”