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What the Stars Are up to Today
The Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning series Mad Men was an addictive show about an advertising agency, filled with the glitz and glam of the 1960s. But beyond the look of life at this intense workplace, there were fascinating and complex characters who were some of the most memorable ever on TV. From Don Draper’s smooth charm to Peggy Olson’s plucky spirit to Joan Holloway’s sex appeal, it was easy for everyone to relate to one of the characters on this acclaimed series over the show’s seven season run.
The series ended in 2015, and in the five years since then, the entire cast has been very busy, showing up in some very unexpected and uncharacteristic roles on the big and small screen. Find out what they’ve been up to and see what everyone looks like now that they’ve jumped out of the period piece and into the new millennium.
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Then: Jon Hamm
As the show’s magnetic lead character, Don Draper, Hamm made a business of selling perfection. And while he and his beautiful wife Betty, and then Megan, all made a handsome picture, his personal life was a bit of a mess, to say the least. His Emmy Award winning turn as the dapper Draper was really Hamm’s breakthrough part.
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Now: Jon Hamm
During Mad Men’s run Hamm shot several episodes of 30 Rock, which earned him some Emmy nods, and showed a funnier side of the man who played the serious Draper. He’s continued to pick some funny roles, notably as a cult leader on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Even when you don’t see his handsome mug, his voice can be heard as the commanding narrator of Mercedes-Benz commercials.
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Then: Jessica Paré
As the stunning beauty Megan, she went from being Don Draper’s secretary to his new wife. Prior to joining the cast Paré starred on another period show, the WB series Jack & Bobby.
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Now: Jessica Paré
Currently, Paré can be seen as CIA analyst Mandy Ellis, on the CBS drama SEAL Team.
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Then: Jared Harris
Prior to his role of Lane Pryce on Mad Men, Harris had appeared in many movies, including Lost in Space and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. On the series, Harris joined the show as a financial whiz, with a bit of a troubled past, during the Sterling Cooper merger with a British ad agency.
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Now: Jared Harris
After his dramatic exit from Mad Men, Harris has moved on quite nicely in multiple acclaimed series like The Crown and HBO’s Chernobyl.
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Then: John Slattery
As the enigmatic Roger Sterling, Slattery was nominated for four supporting Emmy nominations for his ability to blend Roger’s ambition with his easygoing charm.
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Now: John Slattery
He’s appeared in plenty of films and TV shows after hanging up Roger’s suits, including Ted 2, but most famously he’s appeared in multiple Marvel movies as Howard Stark (aka Iron Man’s dad).
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Then: Kevin Rahm
Before joining the AMC series Ted Chaough, a rival for Don and a love interest for Peggy, Rahm had been a regular face on shows like Judging Amy and Desperate Housewives.
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Now: Kevin Rahm
Rahm recently had a recurring role on the drama Madam Secretary and also plays Captain Brooks Avery on the Lethal Weapon TV series.
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Then: Jay R. Ferguson
It’s hard to think of Stan Rizzo without his glorious beard, but rewatch the early seasons to see him clean shaven. The art director becomes a quick confidant for Peggy, before he heads off to run the Los Angeles office.
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Now: Jay R. Ferguson
Currently, Ferguson can be spotted on the ABC sitcom The Conners, as a boss and sometimes love interest for Sara Gilbert’s Darlene.
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Then: Christina Hendricks
As the redheaded bombshell at Sterling Cooper, Joan Harris was basically wardrobe goals and life goals. She proved throughout the show that she had brains and cleverness to go with her captivating beauty. Hendricks racked up six Emmy nods for her work.
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Now: Christina Hendricks
She’s still got those famed crimson tresses, even though she’s gone more blonde as the star of the NBC crime-spree sitcom Good Girls.
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Then: Rich Sommer
As the self-proclaimed head of the television department Harry Crane was always trying to earn someone’s respect, no matter the cost.
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Now: Rich Sommer
He’s guest-starred on a number of shows since his Mad Men days, most notably the Netflix series’ GLOW and Love. Sommer is also a major board game enthusiast and hosted a podcast about them.
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Then: Kiernan Shipka
We all watched Sally Draper grow up in front of our eyes, from a whip-smart, slightly neglected young kid to a confused teenager.
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Now: Kiernan Shipka
She’s currently bewitching audiences as the titular star of the Netflix series the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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Then: Vincent Kartheiser
Love him, or hate him, Pete Campbell is a truly unforgettable character. His vain attempts to live his life in the same fashion as Don Draper lead him into so much glorious trouble.
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Now: Vincent Kartheiser
Kartheiser starred in the short-lived series Proven Innocent and has appeared on The OA. He is married to Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel.
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Then: January Jones
No matter if she was brandishing a firearm, coping with her philandering husband or bravely fighting cancer, Betty Draper was truly a force to be reckoned with.
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Now: January Jones
The actress and model starred in the sitcom The Last Man on Earth, and can currently be seen in the Netflix series Spinning Out.
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Then: Ben Feldman
As the erratic Michael Ginsberg, Feldman got to play a completely unhinged character who claimed to be from Mars … among other things.
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Now: Ben Feldman
Feldman can be spotted weekly starring as Jonah Simms on the NBC sitcom Superstore.
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Then: Teyonah Parris
Parris had a recurring role on Mad Men as Don Draper’s secretary Dawn Chambers. She was the first black secretary hired by the fictional Sterling Cooper Draper Price firm.
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Now: Teyonah Parris
The young star had a recurring role on the series Empire and has appeared in the movies, They Came Together, Dear White People and If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Then: Elisabeth Moss
The progressive and passionate Peggy Olson helped break down gender boundaries at Sterling Cooper and showed that women in the workplace could be a lot more than just secretaries.
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Now: Elisabeth Moss
Moss has appeared in many movies and shows since crafting the character of Peggy Olson, but none more notably than her current compelling role as Offred on the dystopian Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale.
Angel Madison is a writer, editor, and crafter living in New Jersey with her teenage daughter and two cats.
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