×

‘Mad Men’ Cast on Spoilers, Sartorial Impact at Season 7 Premiere

AMC’s “Mad Men” has reinvented television and made household names out of stars like Jon Hamm. So it’s no wonder the cast and crew were reluctant to say goodbye when they premiered the first half of the last season on April 2 at Arclight Hollywood.

Mason Vale Cotton, who plays Hamm’s character’s son Bobby, tag-teamed the red carpet with Robert Morse, frequently stopping interviews to inform journalists that the theater legend is his favorite actor on the show. (Morse only had to coach him a few of those times).

The show has had a considerable impact on fans’ personal wardrobes and home decor — something that even the cast hasn’t been able to escape off screen.

January Jones’ character of Betty Draper Francis became one of the archetypes for this fashion innovation, causing the star to veer to more avant garde looks on the red carpet —Tuesday’s ensemble of an black and electric blue Roksanda Ilincic gown with matching cat eye makeup being no exception.

“I didn’t want to walk around on the street looking like I was in character, which kind of sucked a little bit because I love ‘60s fashion and I used to wear a lot of ‘50s, ‘60s stuff,” said Jones. “But when the show became popular, I kind of had to go the other direction. A little edgier, a little more modern.”

If it makes Jones feel better, the show has even impacted those with less-stylish characters. Rich Sommer, who plays the decidedly unstylish Harry Crane, said he didn’t own a suit before the first season. Jay R. Ferguson grew a beard to play Stan Rizzo. To his wife’s chagrin, he’s stuck with it for the foreseeable future, as the movie role he booked for after “Mad Men” wraps also wanted that look.

The show is notoriously tight-lipped in regards to plot points — Morse wouldn’t even confirm which episode they’re currently filming — and there have been some shockers over the years.

Elisabeth Moss’ career woman Peggy Olson has been the subject of many twists, which puts the actress in a difficult position when it came to her non-work friendships. She said the hardest one to keep quiet was when her character switched jobs at the end of season five.

“People didn’t know if I was going to be on the show anymore,” she said. “It was like, ‘Where are you going? I’m going to work …’”

Similarly, Hamm said it was hard to keep quiet about casting changes.

“We’ve had a lot of people leave the show over the years for various circumstances,” he said. “Those are always hard because you come to something like this and there they are, but they’re not on the show and no one knows.”

With that, Hamm and the rest of the cast were whisked inside the theater to screen the fairly spoiler-heavy first episode of the season before indulging on mini beef sliders, fried chicken and cocktails at an intimate after party at Chateau Marmont.

“Mad Men” returns on April 13.

More Scene

  • Sir Elton John, David Furnish. Sir

    New Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala to be Held in the South of France

    Elton John and David Furnish are launching a new gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The two will host the inaugural A Midsummer Party benefit on July 24 in the south of France at the Johnny Pigozzi’s private estate, Villa Dorane, in Cap d’Antibes. A cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, a live [...]

  • Dwayne Johnson Idris Elba

    Dwayne Johnson: Idris Elba Nixed 'Black James Bond' Joke in 'Hobbs & Shaw'

    In the “Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw,” the movie’s villain Brixton, played by Idris Elba, spreads his arms out wide and declares “I’m black Superman.” It turns out that might not have been the original line. Dwayne Johnson tells Variety that Elba was first asked to proclaim he’s “black James Bond,” but the [...]

  • Matteo BocelliAmerican Icon Awards Gala, Inside,

    Top Music Manager Calls Out American Icon Awards for Failing to Pay Talent

    The centuries-old adage no good deed goes unpunished is a common refrain for star music manager Scott Rodger of late. Rodger, who represents Paul McCartney and Andrea Bocelli at Maverick, says his client Matteo Bocelli, the son of the opera star, was stiffed out of promised expense reimbursement by the American Icon Awards. The event, [...]

  • Mary Bailey Steve D'Angelo, Jim Belushi

    Cannabis Industry Tackles Justice Reform With 'Last Prisoner Project'

    Jim Belushi is standing two feet away in the backyard of his spacious Brentwood home, honking a harp like he’s a Blues Brother back in sweet home Chicago accompanied by noted reggae band Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany and Kyle Ahern, who provide a 12-bar shuffle. There’s the sweet smell of skunk — and success — hanging [...]

  • Dwayne Wade holds up the legend

    Dwyane Wade, Megan Rapinoe Win Big at 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards

    The 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards was filled with incredible athletes, inspiring moments and — of course — a massive amount of slime. “I love the kids. I love the slime. I loved the games. I love seeing celebrities and athletes like become kids again. And it’s like my favorite thing,” Michael Strahan told [...]

  • Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani

    Dave Bautista Talks Representation in Hollywood and Defying Stereotypes with 'Stuber'

    Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani make an unlikely duo in “Stuber,” an R-rated comedy about a police officer and his Uber driver. But the two connected over the rare chance to star in the film as actors of Asian descent (Baustia is half-Filipino and Nanjiani is Pakistani). “I’ve been stereotyped for a couple different reasons [...]

  • Skin

    How Jamie Bell Transformed Into a Neo-Nazi for 'Skin'

    Anyone who still associates British actor Jamie Bell with his breakout role as a young boy who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer will quickly forget all about “Billy Elliot” after seeing “Skin,” which screened at ArcLight Hollywood on Thursday night. “I was shocked,” the film’s writer-director, Guy Nattiv, told Variety of his leading man’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content