Dean Norris is a Harvard graduate, but he wants everyone to know that unlike the children of Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, he earned his way into the Ivy League college without his parents having to pay thousands of dollars in bribes.
The former “Breaking Bad” star, 55, took to Twitter to express how “disgusted” he is about the college cheating scandal that’s seen Loughlin, Huffman and dozens of other wealthy parents facing fraud charges for allegedly paying bribes to get their children accepted into top universities.
“When I think of all the kids who studied hard, stayed up late, had part-time jobs to pay for their college application fees, and then were denied rightly deserved places in elite colleges because some rich f**kwads cheated for their already privileged kids — I’m disgusted,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
The 55-year-old actor was apparently upset enough about the cheating scandal that he needed to blow off a little steam, tweeting shortly after that he “shall now breathe deep and go beat the s**t out of a punching bag.”
Not only did Norris manage to get into Harvard, he’s also the first person in his family to attend college at all.
In a 2012 interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air”, Norris discussed how this achievement actually made his decision to become an actor even more difficult.
“It was a tough decision, because I went to Harvard, and I was the first kid in my family to go to college — my parents didn’t go to college… So on one level, you’re like, wow, here’s the lottery out of the lower middle class by getting this ticket into Harvard. And I had a choice to either go into investment banking or pursue acting, and I talked to a lot of people. I had done some plays with the American Repertory Theater there in Boston, so I had other professional actors who were making a living … and I asked them what they thought my chances were,” he said.
“And I figured these guys all made a living,” he continued. “They didn’t make as much money as someone on TV or film, but I said, I’m standing backstage in some tights and a codpiece, watching grown men onstage, and it was just electric. There’s 800 people out there, and there’s just something magical about being backstage, ready to go onstage, and all your colleagues are out there. And I said, man, if this is as good as it gets and I can do this the rest of my life — be a repertory actor — I’d be a happy man.”