It has been 10 years since “Mad Men” first premiered and put AMC on the map as a cabler with a keen eye for original programming. The Madison Avenue advertising period drama received heaps of critical acclaim, as well as 16 Primetime Emmy Awards during its run, paving the way for complicated anti-hero dramas like “Breaking Bad” to follow. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its series premiere, Variety looks at where the talent behind AMC’s first scripted series is now.
Matthew Weiner (Then)
Matthew Weiner created “Mad Men,” which premiered in 2007. He received nine Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the series.
Matthew Weiner (Now)
After a break from writing television (though he did direct an episode of “Orange Is the New Black” in 2016), Weiner is diving into the past in a new way with his upcoming Amazon series, “The Romanoffs.” Instead of setting the series as a period drama during a tumultuous time in Russian history, his new show will look at those in present day who feel they are descending from the royal Romanov family. Weiner also plans to direct some of the episodes of this series, as he did with “Mad Men.”
Jon Hamm (Then)
Jon Hamm played Don Draper.
Jon Hamm (Now)
The former founding partner and the creative director at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce has continued to make his mark on television since the doors shut at his fictional ad agency. Though he has appeared on everything from “The Last Man on Earth” to “Angie Tribeca” to “Wt eHot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” it’s his guest role as “Reverend” Richard Wayne Gary Wayne on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” that has garnered the most acclaim, including another Emmy nomination.
Christina Hendricks (Then)
Christina Hendricks played Joan Holloway.
Christina Hendricks (Now)
The secretary-turned-advertising-partner had quite the evolution over the series’ seven-season run, and since then, her portrayer Hendricks has had quite a few star turns, as well. Hendricks has appeared in films “The Neon Demon,” “Bad Santa 2,” and “Fist Fight,” as well as television shows like “Hap and Leonard” and “Another Period.” Most recently, she was cast in the upcoming NBC drama “Good Girls.”
January Jones (Then)
January Jones played Betty Francis.
January Jones (Now)
The former Mrs. Draper reunited with her “Mad Men” co-star Hamm for a short time on Fox’ “Last Man on Earth,” where she has been a series regular since the show’s premiere in 2015.
Vincent Kartheiser (Then)
Vincent Kartheiser played Pete Campbell.
Vincent Kartheiser (Now)
While Kartheiser had a recurring role on the second season of streaming service Hulu’s “Casual” after finishing his work on “Mad Men,” the actor has been involved in numerous projects with the National Geographic Channel, as well. He first worked on “Saints & Strangers” for them in 2015 but has most recently popped up on the anthology drama “Genius.”
Elisabeth Moss (Then)
Elisabeth Moss played Peggy Olson.
Elisabeth Moss (Now)
Moss joined the cast of Sundance’s crime drama “Top of the Lake” in 2012, while she was still working on AMC’s advertising drama. She will be back for the second season, “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” this fall, in addition to her recent starring role on the hit dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Jessica Pare (Then)
Jessica Pare played Megan Draper.
Jessica Pare (Now)
The second Mrs. Draper went viral when she performed “Zou Bisou Bisou” in the fifth season premiere, a success she must be hoping to match for her upcoming CBS Navy Seal drama, aptly named “SEAL Team,” opposite David Boreanaz.
Kiernan Shipka (Then)
Kiernan Shipka played Sally Draper.
Kiernan Shipka (Now)
Sally Draper certainly grew up before audiences’ eyes over the course of “Mad Men’s” seven-season run, maturing from child to maternal figure by the end. Since then, Shipka has been involved with quite a few other dysfunctional TV families, including lending her voice to “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” Most recently, though, was her turn on Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” where she portrayed Bette Davis’ infamous daughter.
Mason Vale Cotton (Then)
Mason Vale Cotton played Bobby Draper.
Mason Vale Cotton (Now)
Hot off his role portraying the youngest of the Draper clan, Cotton moved on from period dramas onto Fox’s short-lived family law comedy “The Grinder.” When that show ended in 2016, he began to focus on his voice talents for Nickelodeon’s upcoming movie “Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.”
John Slattery (Then)
John Slattery played Roger Sterling.
John Slattery (Now)
Slattery didn’t completely leave advertising TV behind after “Mad Men.” This year he narrated a docu-series about “The Real Mad Men of Advertising” for the Smithsonian Channel. He also appeared on “Veep” and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” However, his turn as Howard Stark, inventor and adoptive father of Tony Stark, on Marvel and Disney films like “Ant-Man” and “Captain America: Civil War” has drawn the most notice.
Kevin Rahm (Then)
Kevin Rahm played Ted Chaough.
Kevin Rahm (Now)
While in “Mad Men’s” final run, Rahm also appeared on A&E’s “Psycho” prequel, “Bates Motel.” However, since 2016, he has focused more on broadcast drama projects, including a guest star run on CBS’ “Madam Secretary” and a stint as a series regular on Fox’s “Lethal Weapon.”
Jay R. Ferguson (Then)
Jay R. Ferguson played Stan Rizzo.
Jay R. Ferguson (Now)
Stan may have finally gotten the girl in the series finale of “Mad Men,” but Ferguson’s most recent TV character hasn’t been quite as lucky. He just finished two seasons of “The Real O’Neals” on ABC, where he played a newly separated man living in a self-built “tiny house” in the garage he once shared with his wife and kids. In 2018, Ferguson will be seen back on the small screen on CBS’ “By the Book,” a multi-camera comedy about a man at a crossroads deciding to live his life according to the Bible.
Alison Brie (Then)
Alison Brie played Trudy Campbell.
Alison Brie (Now)
Concurrently while recurring on the AMC drama, Brie was well-known as the overachiever Annie Edison on Dan Harmon’s “Community.” Since both of those shows ended in 2015, however, Brie has moved on to a number of film and television projects, both as an actor and a producer, including “How To Be Single,” “Sleeping With Other People,” “The Little Hours,” and TV Land’s school-set sitcom “Teachers.” She currently stars as a struggling-actress-turned-wrestler on Netflix’s 1980s dramedy “GLOW.”
Rich Sommer (Then)
Rich Sommer played Harry Crane.
Rich Sommer (Now)
After guest starring on another dramatic period piece (Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”), Sommer turned his attention to some lighter fare. Since 2015, he has worked on multiple Netflix series, including “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” “Love,” and “GLOW.”
Aaron Staton (Then)
Aaron Staton played Ken Cosgrove.
Aaron Staton (Now)
The former advertising account executive has moved from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Los Angeles in his guest starring roles on “Ray Donovan” and “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” the latter of which he has appeared on since the second season of the Bravo drama.
Christopher Stanley (Then)
Christopher Stanley played Henry Francis.
Christopher Stanley III (Now)
After working as a series regular for the final four years of “Mad Men,” Stanley has focused on a number of guest starring roles on broadcast television series, including the second season of ABC’s “American Crime,” as well as “Lethal Weapon” on Fox.