The groundbreaking television hit “Breaking Bad” ceased filming in New Mexico more than three years ago, but the show’s star, Bryan Cranston, still has lots of love for the state.

Cranston, who won four Emmy awards for his brilliant portrayal of high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White, was one of the biggest stars at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington.

On the way out of the Hilton ballroom after dinner, Cranston took a moment to chat with this Washington correspondent about his ongoing affection for New Mexico and Albuquerque, in particular.

Cranston, who is creating major Hollywood buzz again for his coming portrayal of former President Lyndon Johnson on HBO, said he returns to New Mexico often.

The now-iconic actor, whose primary residence is in California, also spoke fondly of his experience last year recording a voice-over for a New Mexico Tourism Department ad that featured prose from celebrated author Cormac McCarthy.

Cranston told me that Saturday marked his first time attending the White House Correspondents Dinner.

EL BERN: A night earlier, on Friday, Voto Latino – a Washington, D.C.-based group that encourages Hispanic political participation – hosted a correspondents dinner pre-party on the rooftop of the swanky Hay-Adams hotel overlooking the White House.

Dawson seemed interested in the fact that New Mexico has the largest percentage of Hispanics of any state in the country.