Q&A with RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte is best known for his role as Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad and as one of the forerunners in the movement to help disabled actors get more viability in Hollywood. But what keeps RJ going is his desire for new opportunities, so what is he doing next? RJ's joining the DJ game! The actor talked to GoGoMix about his side career spinning records, Breaking Bad ending, and his favorite things.

GGM: Saw you at the Knicks game last night. So sorry you had to sit through that!

RJM: Oh, it’s all good!

GGM: So many people call Breaking Bad the best show that’s ever been on TV. What is it like to have had that experience? Do you ever catch yourself watching The Wire and think “Ah, this okay, but we were better”?

RJM: Oh no, we were a very unique show and we came out at an interesting time. It was a defining point of what television is now. We had a lot of fun working on Breaking Bad, and we were very lucky to have it last as long as it did. Everything has to have an ending though. You have a lot of amazing shows out there, but there’s nothing like Breaking Bad.

GGM: Since being on Breaking Bad, you’ve had a very large platform to speak on misconceptions of disability, especially in Hollywood. Do you feel as though this was a role that was sort of thrust upon you, or one you actively sought out?

RJM: You know, in one direction, yes, I did seek it out, and another direction, no, it was thrust upon me. But again I was lucky enough to be put in a position where I have a career. I was given an opportunity to create a project and work on a project that really defined what a lot of people see. I’m very honored to do the work that I do. I’m able to talk to hundreds of thousands of people about numerous things.

GGM: You’re getting into the DJ game! What inspired you to do music?

RJM: I do a lot of work, and I’m always working. This was an opportunity someone presented me, and I thought this would be a great way to have a break from acting and continue working.

GGM: Who are you influences as a DJ?

RJM: I have a few friends that are DJs and have been in the industry for a while, but I think I have my own unique style of how I play and how I play it. I’m able to mix a lot of different styles together and it’s a good time.

GGM: What are you listening to right now?

RJM: Not any one artist in particular. I listen to a variation of artists. I listen to a lot of rock and older music to heavy metal to jazz to funk.

GGM: Breaking Bad was huge, but what are some of your favorite TV shows?

RJM: Yeah! I almost finished MASH. I’m re-watching it, one of my favorite shows.

GGM: Favorite films?

RJM: I’m a Quentin Tarantino fan, so From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill. I enjoy that type of genre, and that type of storytelling.

GGM: Do you have any favorite books?

RJM: Yeah, I used to read a lot. Now, I mostly read scripts, so I don’t get into too many books, but I like survival/mystery books. Stephen King stuff, Koontz style. Good stories that suck you in. My favorite Stephen King is The Silver Bullet.

GGM: Favorite New York restaurants?

RJM: I really enjoy Beauty and Essex. I’ve had some good times there.

GGM: Coolest thing you own by virtue of being a celebrity?

RJM: I mean, a career is one thing! But I got to keep the crutches from the show, and that’s one of those things that’s really cool.

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