02/20/2014 04:58 pm ET

See Bryan Cranston's And Aaron Paul's Acting Gigs Before 'Breaking Bad'

People in the entertainment industry know that hit TV shows don't come out of nowhere, and usually career-defining roles are won after years of bit parts and commercial acting.

"Breaking Bad" actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul became superstars and fan favorites after five seasons on the AMC series, but what were they doing before they were cooking up drugs in Albuquerque?

According to the video above, Paul was doing everything from guest starring on "3rd Rock From the Sun" to advertisements for Tombstone pizza, while Cranston was starring in coffee commercials and showing up on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."

Check out the supercut above and be thankful that they were finally rewarded with "Breaking Bad" after all their years of hard work.