He’s been Breaking Bad on television for five seasons… But now Steven Michael Quezada will bebreaking down barriers to education in New Mexico.
The 49-year-old actor, who stars as DEA agent Steven Gomez on AMC’s Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad, is running unopposed for the school board in Albuquerque.
“My concern for education in New Mexico has always been there,” said Quezada during an appearance on CNN on Monday. “I’m one of those kids that struggled through school, and I feel like I fell through the cracks.”
Quezada has three children in charter schools and said he feels the need to help them and other kids in the state. He doesn’t think he’ll seek a higher title anytime soon; the actor says his political ambitions are limited to school board and that he’ll continue to act.
“The good news about New Mexico is we bring a lot of movies, a lot of television series out here, so I’m hoping I continue to work out here in New Mexico along with being part of my community,” he said.
Quezada said some of his Breaking Bad co-stars have even gotten involved in the Albuquerque community as well. Bryan Cranston has helped Quezada start programs that train children for work in the film and TV industry.
“They care about what’s happening in New Mexico,” Quezada said of his co-stars, who have shot much of Breaking Bad in the city. “Bryan and the rest of the cast are awesome, great people, and they’ve invested in New Mexico.”
Breaking Bad returns this summer on AMC with the second half of its fifth and final season.