The 'Mad Men' Cast Is Moving On To Great Things, Here's Where To Spot Your Favorites These Days
I realize Mad Men has been over for months now, but for many fans, Jon Hamm's Emmy win (finally) meant it was time to officially lay to rest one of the greatest shows of all time, and difficult as it is to do, move on. Personally, I cried like a baby when Betty Draper was diagnosed with cancer, yet remained stoic while on the phone with Don and when penning that final letter to Sally. I approved of Joan Holloway's relationship-less, but career ass-kicking conclusion, and immediately made plans to chop off my hair (before chickening out) when Peggy Olson sashayed down the hallway one last time, sunglasses in place and cig dangling from her lips.
I loved every season of Mad Men and devoured each and every character's storyline — yes, even Megan Draper, and especially Salvatore Romano. If you, too, would like to continue to stalk them now that the show is over, here is a handy guide to many of the actors and actresses who played your fave characters. (Apologies in advance for not including every single person who ever graced the set. There were a lot.) While I don't encourage anyone to wait for them outside of their homes (really, don't do that), a little support in the form of checking out their next projects is all the love they need.
Jon Hamm (Don Draper)
Fans might forever associate Hamm with his dapper, oft-times solemn Mad Men character, but the actor has always had incredible comedic timing and a wicked funny bone. He was hilarious as The Falcon on Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and has three more films in the works: High Wire Act, Marjorie Prime, and Keeping Up With the Joneses, which he is currently shooting with Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.
January Jones (Betty Draper)
Aside from having one of the most entertaining Instagram pages of any celeb (her hashtags alone are a reason to follow her), January Jones is enjoying an amazing post- Mad Men run. She was wise enough to attach herself to another TV series (a comedy this time) called The Last Man on Earth, in which she plays Melissa opposite Will Forte and Kristen Schaal. It's really funny and, hey, you're just in time to catch Season 2, which returns to Fox on Sept. 27.
Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)
Elisabeth Moss made breaking up with Peggy Olson slightly easier to do when she simultaneously began starring on the TV mini-series Top of the Lake . She's also giving films a go after Mad Men and is currently shooting The Free World, in which she plays a married woman who becomes involved with a recently released former convict. You'll also be able to catch her in a film adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Seagull and the upcoming movie Matanoia.
Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway)
Everyone's favorite redhead is taking on not one, but two new TV series. Christina Hendricks plays Celine aka Chair in spoof show Another Period , which centers around the lives of a wealthy family and their servants in early 1900s Rhode Island. She can also be seen playing a small role in the series Hap and Leonard and just wrapped up shooting a thriller with Keanu Reeves called The Neon Demon.
Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)
In addition to being Alexis Bledel's cute husband and, therefore, an obviously cool guy, Vincent Kartheiser has been hard at work with three new projects: A Kind of Murder with Jessica Biel, Day Out of Days with Melanie Griffith, and the TV mini-series Saints and Strangers.
Alison Brie (Trudy Campbell)
You just never know which actors/actresses are totally going to take off after a series, and Alison Brie is one of them. As Trudy Campbell, she was delightfully snobbish, but also vulnerable and sweet. After her Mad Men run, Brie has been working non stop. She lends her voice to the hit series BoJack Horseman and is also starring in the upcoming movies How to Be Single with Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, and No Stranger Than Love with Colin Hanks.
John Slattery (Roger Sterling)
Like Hamm, John Slattery lent his funnyman talents to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (if you haven't seen his Claude Dumet try to seduce Amy Poehler, stop everything you're doing and get on that). But you can also catch him in the TV series Documentary Now! and in Spotlight with Rachel McAdams
Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper)
She's just 15, but Kiernan Shipka is definitely going places. After watching her grow up on screen as Sally, fans got to see a different side of Shipka when she played Telulah in Fan Girl and Kat opposite Emma Roberts in January. Time will tell whether she pops up as Kimmy's little sister in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (totally needs to happen).
Jessica Paré (Megan Draper)
Jessica Paré gave birth to her first child in May — a boy she and husband John Kastner named Blues Anthony Paré Kastner — so the French Canadian actress has been just a wee bit busy lately with life. Paré also has a starring role in the upcoming film Lovesick , which is about a depressed artist who goes on a journey to discover himself.
Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)
Rich Sommer is one of those versatile actors who just suddenly seems to turn up in everything you're watching. He played a preppy jerk in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and has three projects in the works: the TV series Play House, the film My Name Is David, and a TV movie called Good Session. He also voices the character Henry in the video game Firewatch.
Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano)
Did you think I'd forget about Salvatore? Bryan Batt has been kicking butt since Mad Men and has been seen in films like 12 Years a Slave and the TV show Scream. Next up for the actor: movies Artists Die Best in Black, Abbatoir, Po, and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Jessica Biel.
In conclusion, there is life after Mad Men after all. And Salvatore Romano (er, Bryan Batt) got the best revenge — a successful career. Hallulujah.