It’s been nine years since the first episode of Mad Men aired on July 19, 2007. After Peggy’s first day at the office, the world spent eight years watching the snappy dressers learn, grow and pretend to embrace a computer. When Mad Men ended in May 2015, Don was working out his daddy issues in a totally characteristic yoga position, and then fans had to say goodbye to one of the most influential fake companies of all time to the tune of Roger Sterling, company funeral pianist.
Nothing can fill the Mad Men-sized hole in your heart except getting the whole ensemble together for a reunion to make people feel beautiful things about beans again. But since the show ended, the cast has been keeping busy. So where can you find Vincent Kartheiser’s self-satisfied smirk these days? What about the beautiful furious face Christina Hendricks makes when she’s literally can’t?
To celebrate the anniversary of the groundbreaking series that gave you a highly stimulated tap-dancing Ken Cosgrove in an eye patch, here’s what the cast members of Mad Men are up to now.
The man is famous for staring into nothing and saying it all. After winning an Emmy for his performance as the lost soul, he’s played an extremely charming, extremely bizarre life ruiner in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a stone cold assassin in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and McCormick on Angie Tribeca. Hamm will also be hamming it up in Absolutely Fabulous the Movie, and the sci-fi film Marjorie Prime.
Since she played the highly meme-able quote machine Betty Draper, January Jones has starred as Melissa Shart, a plucky survivor who wears wacky boots on the post-apocalyptic sitcom The Last Man on Earth. Fans will remember her iconic Mad Men “Shoot!” episode. You know, the one when Betty pretends like everything’s all good and then takes aim at her neighbor’s birds with housewife rage fire in her eyes. Betty fans would be pleased to see Jones recently recreate that moment when she gunned down a drone on the post-apocalyptic series. Jones also briefly cameoed in a celebrity-packed climate change parody.
Miss your old competence spirit animal? Watch Hendricks as “Chair” on the Downton Abbey-style reality show parody Another Period. Just like Joan, her character rises quickly. The versatile actor also joined the cast of Hap and Leonard as Trudy Fawst, and appeared in The Neon Demon as Roberta Hoffmann. This Christmas, the class act will join the cast of Bad Santa 2 as Diane.
During Mad Men’s heydey, Moss became a lightning rod for rich roles. She starred with Mark Duplass in The One I Love and as the tormented cop on the bleak series Top of the Lake. Her first project after Mad Men was playing the title role in the Broadway show The Heidi Chronicles about a feminist historian. Busy actor that she is, she’ll be in The Seagull as Masha, The Bleeder as Phyllis and Mad to Be Normal as Angie Wood.
Mad Men didn’t hate anyone more than Pete Campbell with his near-constant ego crisis. That is, until the account man redeemed himself by grimacing less. On the drama, Campbell was always blathering on about how his ancestors came to America on the Mayflower, so it’s on point that Kartheiser stepped into the buckle shoes of actual Pilgrim William Bradford during Mayflower times for the miniseries Saints and Strangers. Real fans will recognize him under the beard, and lately, retro gigs are still his bag. He’ll also have a part in The Most Hated Woman in America, a 1960s biopic about Madalyn O’Hair, the atheist who got the Supreme Court to remove prayer from public schools.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner teased us with a spinoff show about ’70s truth bomb dropper Sally Draper, but if that’s really in the works, it’s a secret. Since mastering the counterculture eye roll and mingling with basics in ’60s-land, Shipka has become one of the show’s biggest Mad Men-born stars. She’s landed movie roles as Kat in the horror thriller February and the lead role as Telulah Farrow in the totally punk millennial comedy Fan Girl.
How can you live life without Megan Draper, the hostess ballsy enough to cast herself in an apartment party birthday dance for her husband with “Zou Bisou Bisou“? Start with Brooklyn where Paré played a too-small role as a department store boss. Lately, she’s supplying her old school elegance as Ash Wolf to Amazon’s pilot The Interestings, based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel of the same name.
The slick actor was already well-known before he ever was Roger Sterling, the office’s amusing MVP. Post-Mad Men, Slattery’s been slathering himself all over the place. Howard Stark in Captian America: Civil War!, Ben Bradlee Jr. in Spotlight! and showing off more of his French accent in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp as Claude Dumet! Veep! If no one at your place of business has adopted you for morning martinis, you could always read Sterling’s fake memoir Sterling’s Gold for more Sterling-ism’s.
Sommer played Harry Crane, head of media and the cringiest guy ever to try to befriend Don Draper. Life after Madison Avenue has included a role in the Netflix sequel Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp like a bunch of other Mad Men cast members. He also played supporting roles on Grey’s Anatomy and the hipster Judd Apatow series Love. Soon, he’s scheduled to appear in the series Girlfriend’s Day and as Pierre Salinger in the drama LBJ.
Staton played Kenneth Cosgrove, the dude who made being a mad man look so easy, acing his accounts by day, writing epic fiction by night until his character finally got miserable enough for the office. Once he was done with the show, Stanton took on a slew of kind man characters in TV series like Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Ray Donovan and soon, he’ll tackle the part of Captain Ronald Dreyfuss in My Mother and Other Strangers.
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On Mad Men, the artist character Stan Rizzo took us from self-important wise guy and dropped us right off at sane and grounded hero when the show came to an end. Without a doubt, being a good guy suits him, and since his life after wooing Peggy Olsen, he’s starred as an accommodating boyfriend on The Mindy Project, and as a sweetheart of a cop in A Standup Guy.