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‘Breaking Bad’ actor, wife open Murrieta arts center for youths

By in Press Enterprise on January 8, 2018

By Shane Newell

There’s a piece of Hollywood tucked in a sea of businesses on a quiet Murrieta street.

It was put there by Temecula resident and actor Dean Norris – Hank from TV’s “Breaking Bad” – and his wife Bridget.

Their goal? To create a hub where youths interested in the arts can train in acting, drawing, painting and dance.

It only took about four months for the Norris Performing Arts Center to grow from an idea into a reality.

Bridget Norris is a former entertainment attorney, while her husband starred on the critically acclaimed series that ran on AMC from 2008 to 2013. Dean Norris played the prominent role of Hank Schrader, brother-in-law to Walter White, a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher-turned-crystal meth dealer. He also has starred in several other TV shows and more than two dozen films.

The center, which is off Jefferson Avenue, offers dance, acting and art classes to more than 150 students in southwest Riverside County, though youths from any city can enroll. It offers adult classes, too.

Inside the main lobby, which is lined with posters of projects in which Dean Norris appeared, including “Under the Dome” and “Lethal Weapon 2,” the couple sat down during the center’s holiday break to share their vision for the center and discuss its possible expansion.

“It’s nice to provide a place where creative kids can feel at home,” Dean Norris said.

  • Dancers work on their art during their dance class at Norris Performing Arts Center in Murrieta Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Photo by Frank Bellino, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

  • Actor Dean Norris and his wife Bridget Norris opened the Norris Performing Arts Center in Murrieta Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Photo by Frank Bellino, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

    Actor Dean Norris and his wife Bridget Norris […]    

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