It isn't just the way they met that is comical, it's also the way the actor proposed to his wife. Life doesn't get boring for these two.
When Malcolm in the Middle star, Bryan Cranston met his wife, Robin Dearden, it wasn't your typical "meet cute" scenario. From placing a gun to her head to falling in love and getting married, the 63-year-old actor certainly knew how to make his wife's life interesting.
In 1986, both Cranston and Dearden, an actress herself, were cast in the CBS series Airwolf for guest roles. They first met when Cranston played the role of a jilted lover who hijacks a sorority reunion cruise, and Dearden was cast as one of the trapped sorority sisters, according to People. “He actually had a gun to my head,” the actress, 65, recalls their first meeting. Though the couple thought the TV show was "terrible", it changed both their lives.
However, sparks weren't flying instantly when they laid eyes on each other. "He had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend at the time," explained Dearden. “But I thought that he was the funniest man that I had ever met. I said, 'He’s kind of cute, he’s got a gun…'" But the Breaking Bad star thought that the fact that they were unavailable at the time they met each other was actually a good thing in the long run, especially for their marriage.
“I think it was serendipitous, because, as Robin says, if we had been unencumbered at the time and started dating, she doesn’t think that we would have stayed together,” he said to People. “But because she had a boyfriend and I had a girlfriend, we were able to flirt without the heavy sexual tension, but there was sexual tension, let me tell you! But not the heavy sexual tension, not the 'faux pas' sexual tension, but it was there.”
But a year after they met, they bumped into each other and Cranston explained that they greeted one another with a kiss, “as actors do.” But what was meant to be a quick, friendly peck lingered a little bit between them. “We were both like, ‘Wait that was too long, wasn’t it?!’” he recalled. “And that is really what happened.”
The actor also credits the fact that they were both "mature" when they met helps with keeping their relationship strong, according to HuffPost.
If you thought that the way they met was wacky, here's another story that will leave you astounded. When Cranston decided to propose to his Murder, She Wrote actress girlfriend, he was extremely nervous. He revealed to host Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes, “If I were to face her and propose to her, I couldn’t get through it; I’d start crying," while his wife giggled beside him. “So, I have to figure out some way where she’s not looking at me.”
An idea then struck the actor — he would ask Dearden to take a bath on New Year’s Day. Only now the question was, where on Earth would he hide the ring? “I squeezed it on my baby toe,” the Seinfeld alum recalled of the hysterical moment, “and I dipped it into the water so she wouldn’t see.” And this was made possible as the tub they were in would only allow for them to be facing the same way.
The actress could feel the awkwardness but couldn't do anything about it. Soon, Cranston explained to his girlfriend how he loved her but she tried to look back. “I push her head back, because I’m not done,” he laughed. “I’m barely holding on.” He then recalled that he lifted his foot out of the water and told Dearden, “Here’s your ring, but I can’t reach it. Take the ring off my toe.” Clearly, the actress loved his sense of humor as she recalled saying, “It was so romantic.” Not just that, the two tied the knot on July 8, 1989 and have been going strong for the last 30 years.
In 1993, the couple brought their daughter Taylor Dearden into their life. And it seems she's taking after her parents when it comes to acting as she is already on her way to making waves with her talent.
As for their marriage, though the couple keeps it pretty private, on one occasion where the couple were spotted together, a photographer for the event asked the Golden Globe Award winner, "What's your favorite thing about her?" To that, Cranston replied, "She still gets giddy when she sees a firefly."
Well, here's to many more years of a happy marriage and being romantics!