“There are these bright colors and vibrant things, a montage and all this beautiful stuff [in Season 7A] and you see this gray figure kind of moving through it, he hasn’t changed much. The world has, but he hasn’t”
– Jon Hamm, Don Draper
A relic of advertising’s past being forced into the future, Draper doesn’t quite know what to do with himself as the world moves on without him. As he becomes more and more stuck in the past with his own personal ghosts, what kind of ending can he possibly have?
Jon Hamm hopes for a peaceful one, according to his round table interview with Indiewire and other media outlets. During the discussion, he also touched on the unlikelihood of his iconic character’s ability to handle the internet and his own foray into more comedic roles. Read the full interview here.
“So many women are a wife and a mother or a wife or a mother. That doesn’t mean they’re not interesting and don’t have a story to tell.”
– January Jones, Betty Draper
Betty Draper was a late addition to “Mad Men’s” cast of characters, but has grown to become one of the most important (if also the most vilified) aspects of the show. She initially offered viewers a glimpse of Don Draper’s home life, but soon branched out on her own, spearheading a divorce with Don and remarrying political mogul Henry Francis.
Now, the character is discovering the feminist movement all on her own, working on her masters degree and reading feminist literature for class, all while facing the greatest challenge of her life with inspiring courage. In Indiewire’s interview with January Jones, she discusses playing a mother in “Mad Men” and how it has changed her view of the character archetype. Read the full interview here.
“When I started playing her in Season 1, I thought, ‘Oh, what a fun, bitchy, sassy girl I get to play!’ And I would never call her that now, you know?”
– Christina Hendricks, Joan Holloway
As a dramatic foil to our favorite female copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Joan Holloway allowed the series to follow a different kind of feminist: a beautiful career woman who rises from head secretary to firm partner (though in an unorthodox way). Joan’s attempt to balance a harassment-laden work life with her home life as a divorced single mother has moved many of the older viewers of the show; women who see their own history in the character’s story.
In our interview with Christina Hendricks, she spoke a lot about discovering Joan’s character over the course of the series, as well as the decision to have her play the accordion in one memorable scene from the early seasons. Read the full interview here.
“You don’t come through this journey without getting banged up. You’re not perfect at the end, and you’re not pristine.”
– John Slattery, Roger Sterling
One of the most entertaining characters in a show that’s full to bursting with them, Roger Sterling has come to embody the bygone era of business. The twice divorced account man served as the older counterpart to the more modern Pete Campbell, giving the series the the ability to delve into the changing aspects of client management in advertising.
In his interview with Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers, Slattery discusses the evolution of Roger’s character and relationship with Don, as well as his memories from the day he wrapped the series and the differences between directing and acting. Read the full interview here.
The series finale of “Mad Men” airs Sunday, May 17 at 10pm on AMC.
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