Bob Odenkirk is Shocked after Finding Out “Twisted” Blood Connection With King Charles: “I’m an American”

Bob Odenkirk was genuinely baffled to learn he is related to King Charles.

Bob Odenkirk is Shocked after Finding Out "Twisted" Blood Connection With King Charles: "I'm an American"


  • Bob Odenkirk made a name for himself as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad as well as its spinoff - Better Call Saul.
  • Odenkirk was also quite shocked to learn he is related to King Charles.
  • Odenkirk was also quite satisfied with how his character arc ended in Better Call Saul, stating that it couldn't have ended in a better way.
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Bob Odenkirk is currently one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, with his career-making works as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul winning him several awards and a lot of acclaim. Interestingly enough, Odenkirk was quite shocked after he got to know he is related to King Charles somehow.

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk is not only recognized for his talent but is also viewed as one of the nicest people in the world. He has demonstrated generosity in times of need and has overcome adversity, ensuring that his work remains unaffected by personal challenges.

Bob Odenkirk Was Baffled After He Came To Know He Is Related To King Charles

Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman looking on in this scene
A scene featuring Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad

In a recent episode of PBS’ genealogy series Finding Your Roots, Bob Odenkirk discovered that he and King Charles are eleventh cousins. The host, Henry Louis Gates Jr., did a deep dive into Bob Odenkirk’s roots and ended up spanning back five generations to Friedrich Carl Steinholz, who was Odenkirk’s fifth great-grandfather.


Friedrich Carl Steinholz’s birthplace was in Plön, Germany, being born all the way back in 1755. It was further noted that Odenkirk’s fifth great-grandfather was the son of the Duke of Plön, who had ties to the royal families of Europe because of intermarriage.

Before the unexpected revelation, Odenkirk shared his perspective on monarchy, stating that he is an American and not a monarchist, making it clear he felt it was somewhat twisted.

“I’m an American. I’m not a monarchist. I don’t believe in that. You know, I feel like it’s a little twisted. I understand why society built itself around monarchs and leaders, and they passed them down through generations. I understand that goes through every society, every civilization. But I think that we’ve gotten to a better place with democracy and we should keep going down that road.”

When Gates reveals the actor’s connection to the current king of the United Kingdom, Odenkirk responds with a laugh, saying, “Well maybe I’ll change my mind on that.” Gates jokes about Odenkirk suddenly “trashing” his royal family, eliciting more laughter from the Better Call Saul star. Odenkirk further added, “Oh, that is crazy!”


Bob Odenkirk Was Satisfied With How His Character Arc Ended In Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn in Better Call Saul
A scene from Better Call Saul’s final episode

Several years after debuting as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk not only solidified his role in the acclaimed series but also led his own spin-off, Better Call Saul, spanning six seasons. The show delved into Goodman’s backstory and post-Breaking Bad life, adding emotional depth, especially to Rhea Seehorn’s character, Kim Wexler.

While speaking to Empire, Bob Odenkirk talked about the season finale of Better Call Saul and what he thought about his character arc ending. Odenkirk admitted he wanted to wallow more after the show ended.

“I wanted more time to wallow, and I’m going to wallow for the next ten years or more. I know that was probably the role of my lifetime, and that’s a wonderful thing to have had. Some people don’t get that. I will be wallowing the rest of my life.

I would not have predicted it,” admits Odenkirk of where the show ended up – with Saul (or, Jimmy) in prison, and a glimmer of reconnecting with Kim.”

Bob Odenkirk added,


“I would have predicted an ending with more explosions. I’m so glad there weren’t. And yet the weird thing about it to me is that it really came from relaxing your grip on the characters. One of the struggles I had, and Rhea had this too, is that the characters were very emotionally intelligent about almost everybody they interacted with, and yet had these blind spots regarding their own behaviour. And in the end the writers granted these characters the self-knowledge that I felt they always had. I thought it was beautiful. When I read it, I was like, ‘Yes, exactly, that’s what should happen.’

Better Call Saul will forever be remembered as one of the most captivating and compelling forms of television for a very long time. Regardless, Bob Odenkirk will always be grateful for his time as Saul Goodman and that is all that matters.


Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

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Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.