Picks and Pans Review: Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston Bald Ambition

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• The recent Emmy winner, 53, shaved his head and dropped 16 lbs. to play a teacher turned meth dealer battling cancer in his AMC drama's second season.

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING BALD? It was terrifying at first. I did not recognize myself. My wife [actress Robin Dearden] jokes I'm not her husband. She's not crazy about the bald look but still loves me in spite of it.

HOW DID YOU LOSE THE WEIGHT? I did the South Beach Diet, cutting out carbs and sugar for a year to maintain 170 lbs. I was calorie conscious for the first time ever. I would ask myself, do I really want that glass of wine with dinner and then have to run an extra eight miles?

YOU GET NUDE ONSCREEN! When I get embarrassed, I cover myself with humor. So I stood there and said, "Anybody feel a draft?"

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