Aaron Paul’s Emmy speech probably crashed his wife’s Web site


Actor Aaron Paul (R) and his wife, Lauren Paul. Paul gave a shout-out to Lauren’s non-profit, Kind Campaign, during his acceptance speech, and the site crashed. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Well, here’s one star who didn’t forget to thank his wife: Aaron Paul.

As the “Breaking Bad” star delivered his acceptance speech after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, he shouted out his wife, Lauren Paul, the co-founder of the Kind Campaign.

” … And to my wife, my god, thank you for marrying me,” Paul said. “Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don’t know what she does, look up ‘Kind Campaign.’ Do yourself and your children a favor. Kind Campaign.”

Emmy watchers descended on Kind Campaign’s site in droves, and as of 4:00 a.m. Eastern time, it was still down.

The organization is dedicated to ending girl-on-girl bullying and had recently begun to take off with features in the Hollywood Reporter’s philanthropy issue and USA Today. It offers curriculum for parents and students on how to combat bullying.

Explaining her motivation for starting the organization, Lauren Paul told USA Today, “My ordeal started because a boy liked me

EXCLUSIVE - Aaron Paul, left, and Lauren Parsekian attend the Governors Ball at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Aaron Paul, left, and Lauren Paul attend the Governors Ball at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

and this girl liked him. Through seventh and eighth grade, I was tortured every single day by a group of girls. Eventually, I developed an eating disorder and tried to commit suicide in the seventh grade.”

That was part of what led Lauren Paul and Kind Campaign co-founder Molly Thompson to make a documentary called “Finding Kind.”

“My bullying experience affected the course of my life,” Lauren Paul said. “I was a floater in high school; I was friends with everybody but didn’t get too close to anyone. I am thankful for going through that experience, walking those hallways in middle school. If not for that, Kind wouldn’t exist. There’s so much good we can do, so it all happened for a reason.”

The Emmys weren’t the first time Aaron Paul raised awareness for his wife’s work; they tied a screening of the “Breaking Bad” finale to a Kind fundraiser and took in $1.3 million.

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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