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When Aaron Paul won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy for Breaking Bad last night, he might as well have won best supporting husband! He capped off his emotional acceptance speech with a heartfelt message to his wife, Lauren, whom he married last May, and made special mention of her charity, which almost instantly caused major results.
"...And to my wife, my god, thank you for marrying me," Aaron said while on stage. "Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don't know what she does, look up 'Kind Campaign.' Do yourself and your children a favor. Kind Campaign."
His shoutout didn't fall on deaf ears, not by a long shot. Viewers immediately began visiting the charity's website, leading it to crash for most of the night. Talk about an endorsement!
The attention, though, was certainly well-placed. Lauren and her best friend Molly Thompson founded Kind Campaign in 2009 to end girl-on-girl bullying. The organization offers in-school curriculum that teaches parents and students how to deal with and fight bullying; Lauren and Molly created an accompanying documentary, Finding Kind, in 2011 to better highlight the frightening consequences of the common occurrence and what being gracious to others can do.
Lauren recently gave USA Today the backstory of her motivation to found Kind Campaign. "My ordeal started because a boy liked me and this girl liked him. Through seventh and eighth grade, I was tortured every single day by a group of girls. Eventually, I developed an eating disorder and tried to commit suicide in the seventh grade."
"My bullying experience affected the course of my life," she further explained. "I was a floater in high school; I was friends with everybody but didn't get too close to anyone. I am thankful for going through that experience, walking those hallways in middle school. If not for that, Kind wouldn't exist. There's so much good we can do, so it all happened for a reason."
Her hard work is likely one of the things her husband appreciates the most about her — last year, he turned the Breaking Bad finale into a fundraiser for his wife's charity and ended up raising $1.3 million!
If the couple that loves and supports each other stays together, then Lauren and Aaron will be together for a very long time.