Aaron Paul Sturtevant was born in Emmett, Idaho, on August 27, 1979, the youngest of four children born to Darla (née Haynes) and Robert Sturtevant, a Baptist minister. He was born a month premature in his parents' bathroom. Paul graduated in 1997 from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho after which he drove to Los Angeles in his 1982 Toyota Corolla with his mother and $6,000 in savings.
Prior to gaining fame, he appeared on an episode of The Price Is Right, which aired on January 3, 2000. Appearing under his real name, he played and lost his pricing game and overbid on his Showcase. He also worked as a movie theater usher at Universal Studios in Hollywood.