Find Out What The Cast Of ‘Mad Men’ Look Like In Real Life

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For seven seasons, the cast of “Mad Men” introduced the world to the competitive and ego-driven world of advertising in the 1960s. Each character was carefully created to fit into the various social norms and unique lifestyles found during that time. However, the actors are far different from the retro-personas they portrayed on the show. Find out what Don Draper, Joan Harris, Peggy Olson and others look like in real life.

Jessica Paré (Megan Draper)


Megan Draper, formerly Megan Calvet, was secretary turned third and final wife of Don Draper on “Mad Men.” Don fell in love with her after she cleaned up a spilled milkshake without scolding his children. Without knowing much else, he asked her to marry him, which she gladly accepted. She left the agency after she decided to pursue acting. Her leave from the Sterling Cooper was also the beginning of the end of her marriage to Don.

Jessica Paré (Megan Draper)


Jessica Paré is just as stylish in real life as she was on the show. Since “Mad Men” ended, she has appeared in a few films. However, her most prominent role has been as Mandy Ellis on the series “SEAL Team.” She has been in a relationship with musician John Kastner since 2012, and they welcomed their first child, Blues Anthony Pare Kastner, in 2015. 

Allison Brie (Trudy Campbell)


Trudy Campbell, played by Allison Brie, and Pete Campbell certainly had a tumultuous marriage. Despite having a daughter together, Pete was not loyal to Trudy. She eventually kicked him out of the apartment and only allowed him back when she said. She had a brief thought of taking him back into her life. However, she ultimately decided he had no business in her’s or her daughter’s life.

Allison Brie (Trudy Campbell)


While still working on “Mad Men,” Allison Brie simultaneously worked on the series “Community.” She remained on “Community” until it ended in 2015. 2017 was a big year for Brie as she worked on several different productions. She appeared as a recurring character on the series “GLOW,” provided the voice for multiple characters on “BoJack Horseman,” and appeared in 3 films: “The Little Hours,” “The Disaster Artist,” and “The Post.” She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Ruth Wilder in “GLOW.”

Peyton List (Jane Siegel)


After being hired as Don Draper’s secretary, Jane Siegel caught the eye of Roger Sterling. They had an affair, and Roger eventually left his wife for Jane. Jane and Roger marry. Unfortunately, despite the marriage, Jane was never really accepted by anyone in the company. One of her most memorable moments in the series was when she convinced Roger to take LSD with her. Unfortunately, “the trip” didn’t go as planned and led to her’s and Roger’s divorce.

Peyton List (Jane Siegel)


Peyton List appeared on “Mad Men” from 2008-2013. After which she landed the recurring role of Cara Coburn on the short-lived series “The Tomorrow People.” In 2015, she played roles on “Blood & Oil,” as well as “The Flash.” Her most recent gig was as the starring role of Raimy Sullivan on “Frequency.” Unfortunately, the series was not renewed for a second season.

Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)


Peggy Olson began her career at Sterling Cooper as the secretary to Don Draper. She became Don’s right-hand man, during which Don realized her potential. He promoted her to a copywriter position. She had an affair with Pete Campbell and unknowingly became pregnant. Therefore, the birth of her child was also a surprise. Due to many different frustrations, Peggy eventually left Don and his company to work at CGC.

Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson)


Right after “Mad Men” wrapped, Elisabeth Moss jumped into the starring role of the Broadway show, “The Heidi Chronicles.” She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. She has appeared in several films, since 2015, such as “The Free World” and “Mad to be Normal.” However, her arguably most notable role since “Mad Men” is June Osborne in the recent Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

January Jones (Betty Francis)


Betty Francis had a roller coaster marriage with Don Draper. She tried to remain a loyal housewife. However, when she discovered some of Don’s infidelities, she too let her heart wander. She fell for Henry Francis, and the two got married after she divorced Don. Most of the time on the show, she let things happen around her. However, by the end of the series viewers see Betty become her own person and watched her choose how to live her life.

January Jones (Betty Francis)


January Jones received two Golden Globe nominations for her performance as Betty Francis. Before “Mad Men,” January Jones had appeared in several hit films such as “American Wedding,” “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” “We Are Marshall,” and “X-Men: First Class.” Therefore, after “Mad Men,” it is no surprise that she was quickly cast in another series. Since 2015, she has portrayed Melissa Chartres in “The Last Man on Earth.”

Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove)


For many seasons, Ken struggled with balancing his two passions in life, his job in advertising and writing. Sadly, after being promoted to Head of Accounts at SC&P, he was let go from his position. He then took over his father-in-law’s position at Dow Chemicals, which was a prized client at SC&P. After McCann bought up the company, Don and Pete tried to convince Ken to move Dow Chemicals to SC&P West. However, he refused and stayed with McCann.

Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove)


Along with “Mad Men,” Aaron Staton may be best known for his work on the 2011 video “L.A. Noire.” He did extensive voice acting and facial recognition for the game. Since “Mad Men” wrapped in 2015, Staton has continued to see success on television. He has played recurring characters on “Ray Donovan,” “My Mother and Other Strangers,” and most recently, “Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce.”

Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris)


Joan Harris is the definition of a femme fatale. She is an empowered woman and is not afraid to use her feminine charm to get what she wants. She may also be best remembered for her various relationships including her extra-marital affair with Roger Sterling. She even had a son with Roger but passed the child off as her husband’s. Joan originally started out at the agency as just an Office Manager. However, she eventually made a deal to become Partner.

Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris)


Christina Hendricks was nominated for 6 Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance as Joan Harris. Her role has also been celebrated for helping reshape the idea of beauty television,  as she is a woman who celebrated her curves. She has continued to land roles on several TV shows such as “Hap and Leonard” and “Tin Star,” as well as appeared in films like “Bad Santa 2” and “Fist Fight.” She is currently credited with roles in 4 productions that are set to be released in 2018.

 

Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)


At the beginning of the series, Pete Campbell was always searching to prove himself to his parents, as they disapproved of his career choice. He tried to get ahead at work by blackmailing Don, only to discover it was loyalty that will help you succeed in business. He had a tumultuous marriage with Trudy that ended in separation. He eventually opened the West coast branch of SC&P with Don.

Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell)


Vincent Kartheiser has been a professional actor since he was a teenager. While still in his teens, he was able to land roles in films such as “Little Big League,” “Iron Will,” “The Indian in the Cupboard,” and “Alaska.” He began playing Pete Campbell in “Mad Men” at the inception of the series and remained there until its end. More recently, he has worked in the series “Casual” and “Genius” and appeared in films such as “The Most Hated Woman in America” and “My Friend Dahmer.”

Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)


Harry Crane began the series as the likable underdog. However, many began to dislike him when he ratted out Sal and got him fired. After pitching a controversial ad, he was promoted to the head of the new TV department at Sterling Cooper Advertising. Most of the series we saw Crane searching for the respect he thought he deserved and slowly work his way up the ranks. Sadly, in the end, he never truly found his worth.

Rich Sommer (Harry Crane)


Rich Sommer quickly jumped to a new project after “Mad Men” ended. He appeared in the Netflix original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” His strong performance led to a domino effect of short stints as a recurring character on several series such as “Regular Show,” “Love,” “Elena of Avalor,” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” His most recent work was alongside fellow “Mad Men” star, Allison Brie, in the series “GLOW.”

 

Talia Balsam (Mona Sterling)


Mona Sterling was the first wife of Roger Sterling. Roger decided to leave her after he began having an affair with Draper’s new secretary, Jane. As Mona was a strong woman (Roger once called her a lioness), she bounced back from the divorce rather quickly. Despite his unfaithfulness, Mona and Roger remained close friends. He even confided in her during his divorce to Jane.

Talia Balsam (Mona Sterling)

Just like Mona and Roger were married in the show, Talia Balsam is actually married to the man who portrays Roger, John Slattery. However, unlike their characters, they are still happily married. Since “Mad Men,” Balsam has worked on various TV series and films. She has appeared in “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Little Men,” “Divorce,” and “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” Many have forgotten, but Talia was previously married to George Clooney.

Jay R. Ferguson (Stan Rizzo)

Before he became the Art Director at SCDP, Stan Rizzo worked on the 1964 Presidential campaign for Lyndon B. Johnson. Early on in the series, it was apparent that Rizzo was a chauvinist. However, over time, he became more sensitive. This was most likely also due to his new smoking habit. Another thing that developed over time was his relationship with Peggy. At first, he underestimated her. However, he soon realized she was a force to be reckoned with and eventually fell in love with her.

Jay R. Ferguson (Stan Rizzo)

Although Jay R. Ferguson appeared in a few films after “Mad Men,” he has continued to see most of his success on TV. He has played recurring characters on “The Mindy Project,” “The Real O’Neals,” and “Twin Peaks.” He recently portrayed the lead character of Chip Curry in “Living Biblically.” The story which a follows a man trying to live by the Bible’s teachings as close as possible is set to be released in 2018.

Cara Buono (Faye Miller)

Faye Miller was a consultant for a consumer-research company. Don was very wary of her psychological approach to creating advertisements. However, she was able to push a few of Don’s buttons when she said his award-winning Glo-Spot commercial “must be about someone’s childhood.” Don and Faye would later engage in a short affair, but it ultimately ended when he moved to California.

Cara Buono (Faye Miller)

Cara Buono’s character only appeared on the show in 2010. However, as her performance was so strong, she was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. After “Mad Men,” Buono appeared in small roles on various TV series such as “Hawaii Five-0,” “Castle,” and “The Good Wife.” Her most recent, and arguably, most notable role since “Mad Men” has been as Karen Wheeler on the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

John Slattery (Roger Sterling)

Although raised with wealth and opportunity, Roger Sterling still sought to prove himself through his work. When rumors about the purchase of Sterling Cooper Advertising began to surface, he decided to found the new company of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. After two unsuccessful marriages, he tried to find success in his career. Although he had his doubts, he ultimately, proved to himself that he is good at what he does.

John Slattery (Roger Sterling)

John Slattery received 4 Primetime Emmy nominations for his performance as Roger Sterling. After “Mad Men,” he appeared alongside several other cast members in “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” which was soon followed by an appearance in the hit film “Spotlight.” His most recent role was in the 2017 drama “Churchill” as Dwight Eisenhower.

Alexa Alemanni (Allison)

Allison began her career at the agency as a front desk receptionist. However, she eventually got promoted to Don’s secretary. She was appreciated by Don as she was extremely attentive and aware of all his needs. Don also appreciated that she was discreet and was able to keep information she discovered private. Unfortunately, during a drunken stupor, Don slept with Allison, which ultimately led to her leave from the agency.

Alexa Alemanni (Allison)

Alex Alemanni had only appeared in a few roles before playing Allison on “Mad Men.” Unfortunately, the role did not help launch her into superstardom. However, she has continued to have a steady acting career. She has appeared in series such as “Masters of Sex” and short films “The Morning After” and “Another Round.” In 2016, Variety reported that Alemanni and her husband, Jon Boothe, had been signed on to write Anna Camp’s upcoming thriller “The Serpent’s Bite.”

 

Jon Hamm (Don Draper)


Don Draper was always searching for something. After having multiple unsuccessful marriages, he searched for solace in his job as the creative director at Sterling Cooper. However, he realized he would never be able to succeed until he revealed his true self (as he was living with a fake identity). He eventually decided to open his own business where he needed to start over. The opportunity gave him a way to fall in love with his work as well as himself.

Jon Hamm (Don Draper)


Along with a few other stars on this list, soon after “Mad Men” finished, John Hamm appeared in the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” Since then, he has had recurring roles in series such as “TripTank” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Furthermore, he has landed roles in several films such as “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” “Baby Driver” and “Marjorie Prime.” He also acted as executive producer for “Marjorie Prime.”


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