He attended Centennial High School in Boise, graduating in 1998.
After graduation, Paul drove to Los Angeles in his old car with only his mother and ,000 in savings.
From March 2009 to April 2010, he dated Jessica Lowndes, though the relationship ended as well.
Paul finally became engaged to Lauren Parsekian in Paris, France, on January 1, 2012.
For the performance, he won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for this role in 2010, 2012, and 2014; he was the only actor to win awards in that category three times since its separation into the genres of drama and comedy.
In his personal life, in 2001, Paul dated Samaire Armstrong, with whom he had worked on The X-Files earlier that year, though the relationship was short-lived.
I'm a Fish (2001), K-PAX (2001), National Lampoon's Van Wilder (2002), Bad Girls From Valley High (2005), Choking Man (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Last House on the Left (2009).
He starred as "Weird Al" Yankovic in the 2010 Funny or Die short Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, and has guest starred on television shows such as The Guardian, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, ER, Sleeper Cell, Veronica Mars, The X-Files, Ghost Whisperer, Criminal Minds, Bones and 3rd Rock from the Sun.
He appeared in the Season One episode The Popular Kids. He is best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he won several awards, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2014), the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (2013), and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.This made him the only actor to win the latter category three times (2010, 2012, 2014), since its separation into drama and comedy.Since 2014, he has been the voice of Todd Chavez on the Netflix animated series Bo Jack Horseman, on which he is also an executive producer and has portrayed Eddie Lane in the Hulu drama series The Path since 2016.He appeared in the films Whatever It Takes (2000), Help!