I think the book is not as personal as it appears. Yes, it’s a very personal book, but I meet a lot of people who are like, “I know everything about you,” and I’m like, “Ooh! You so don’t know anything. What you know is what I’m willing to part with here and what you don’t know about me you don’t even know you don’t know and it’s not anywhere on the page.” So it’s not as intimate as it might seem, it’s not a tell-all. It did feel very good to organize a lot of things in my life that I hadn’t quite understood the pattern of until I put it down… people speak of catharsis and I understand that. That’s the kind of thing you do home along between you and the page or the screen and it should never make its way, at least I hope it didn’t make its way, to the page. The splatter is over here in private but then over here, for public consumption, you tidy it all up and pull out the right thing to put onto the page so it’s a universal experience and not just you getting your feelings felt.
Gilligan is, to say the least, known for his attention to detail—or as one crew member puts it, with fondness, he’s a “complete and total control freak.” Everyone tends to cite the example of the toenail polish Skyler wore in a season-three scene where she consummates an affair with her ill-fated boss, Ted—we see her feet in a close-up on the heated floors of his bathroom. Gilligan spent at least half an hour pondering the color—Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler, thinks it may have taken considerably longer. “If my toes were vixen red, as opposed to a more hesitant pink, that would mean something different,” she says. “He knew exactly what he wanted those toes to say, and at first you’re like, “Wow, that is really detailed.’ But, you know, I get it.”
from an article about Breaking Bad in the August 2012 issue of Rolling Stone