BREAKING BAD star Bryan Cranston has more than one connection to NASHVILLE actress Hayden Panettiere – he was married to her mom when they were both in LOVING and he once hired the young actress for an episode of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE.
During a Thursday appearance on LIVE! WITH KELLY & MICHAEL, the actor mentioned Panettiere’s mother, Lesley Vogel, played Doug Donovan's wife (Edy Lester) on LOVING in 1984, and years later he later cast her daughter.
"I was directing an episode of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE," he explained, "and Hayden came in and she was supposed to play this kind of nerdy girl, but she’s far too pretty – but she was clearly the best actress."
"So my producer and I were sitting there … and we thought, 'Maybe if we frizzed her hair up and put glasses on her, we could possibly get away with that.'"
Cranston also said he taped LOVING a block away from the LIVE! studio in New York. Vogel joined the show in early April 1984. Panettiere wasn't born until 1989.