Bob Odenkirk walked the red carpet at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday night alongside his Better Call Saul co-star Rhea Seehorn, following his 2021 heart attack.
In July 2021, Odenkirk suffered a near-fatal heart attack after collapsing on set while shooting the sixth and final season of the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul in New Mexico.
In February of this year, Odenkirk sat down with The New York Times and revealed how severe the heart attack really was.
After a long day of shooting, Odenkirk decided to use his workout bike near some of his co-workers instead of going back to his trailer alone, a decision that may have made the difference between life and death.
While watching the Cubs game, Odenkirk suddenly collapsed from his bike. Co-stars Seehorn and Patrick Fabian immediately called for help and the on-set health safety supervisor and an assistant director performed CPR while waiting for medics to arrive.
Medics had to use an automated defibrillator on the actor, shocking him three times before his pulse returned to a normal rhythm. He was then rushed to the hospital by an ambulance where two stents were put in his heart.
Odenkirk and Seehorn opened up to ET about the experience further at the red carpet event.
Odenkirk revealed that the incident was actually more frightening for Seehorn than himself.
"She got scared, I wasn't scared. I can't remember a thing of it," Odenkirk told Will Marfuggi.
Seehorn chimed in,
"It was very strange. It was a fantastic thing to have him make it out of that."
While Odenkirk is doing well now, the experience has made a lasting impact on the actor.
"You can't help but think about it a fair amount," Odenkirk explained. "And even though I don't remember the experience of it, all the reaction that I got from the public and my friends, it all affected me. And it still will and it continues to."
Despite the difficult past couple of months for Odenkirk, he was still excited to tease fans about the upcoming sixth and final season of his hit show, Better Call Saul.
"Best season ever, final season, it's bananas, it's crazy," Odenkirk said. "They did a great job and it'll shake you up."