Aaron Paul shall henceforth officially be known as Aaron Paul after the actor had his last name legally changed to match his professional moniker.
The Breaking Bad star filed a petition this week to have his real last name, which is Sturtevant, changed to Paul, the name he’s gone by professionally for years. According to TMZ which obtained the legal documents, Paul’s wife Lauren is also planning to officially change her last name in the near future so that their whole family will have the same surname. When filing to change his own name, Paul also requested to have his baby boy’s name officially changed to Ryden Caspian Paul. While that’s the name the actor used to announce the arrival of his newborn on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in April, according to the baby’s birth certificate he was originally legally named Casper Emerson Paul.
Ryden is the couple’s second child, they also welcomed a daughter in 2018 named Story Annabelle whose name will not be changing. Paul shared the first photos of the baby during that appearance on Fallon, gushing, “His name is Ryden and I love him,” adding that he was definitely “exhausted” from having a newborn at home, but “he’s the best.” He revealed that his daughter is equally “madly in love” with her brother, sharing with a laugh, “[She] can’t squeeze him enough. Like, lays on top of him, suffocates him. It’s her doll.” Paul also announced that he had asked his former Breaking Bad costar Bryan Cranston to be the baby’s godfather. “I asked Bryan on his birthday if he would be our baby’s godfather,” he said, joking that Cranston had initially turned him down. “No, he’s very excited, very honored,” the actor continued. “I love the man to death. He’s one of my best friends in the world, and, so yeah, it was just a no-brainer.”
Paul later shared three photos of the baby boy on his Instagram account writing, “My little man. Ryden Caspian Paul. So happy you are out in this world you beautiful boy you. I promise to make you proud little guy. We have been absorbing this baby boy for the last month and feel it’s time to finally share the news of his arrival. We love you endlessly.”
A representative for Paul did not immediately respond to Vanity Fair’s request for comment.