It was weird enough when Rory Gilmore (better known as Alexis Bledel) time traveled back into 1966 and turned up on Mad Men as a clinically bummed out housewife. It got even weirder when the blue eyed beauty turned her affections toward Vincent Kartheiser’s character Pete Campbell of all people. Yes, he of the legendary bitch face! But now we have a report that the two actors are hooking up in real life, and our TV loving minds can’t handle it.
A witness spotted Alexis and Vincent getting cuddly while boring an airplane at JFK, and immediately shot Crushable the following email:
They came over to the gate right as I was boarding and I saw him first. His hair is fuller and he’s got a beard, but I recognized him right away. Then he walked over and a girl with him sat down and it was Rory fucking Gilmore. They are not sitting in first class but him right in front of her in middle seats. Guess they booked last minute. He was leaning over the back of his seat talking to her and leaned over and kissed her.
It’s an impressive score for Vincent, considering the scuzzy make under he received for this season of Mad Men. To give the illusion of a receding hairline, the dedicated actor had a small portion of his head shaved! “It would be shaved back every couple of episodes another quarter of an inch,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “Later, when it grew back in, it looked completely ridiculous, like a five o’clock shadow.” He also had to pack on the pounds to complete the whole “disgruntled middle aged dude without hope” look. “I gained about 25 pounds — none of it muscle. It was a very thin layer of hot fudge sundae, chicken wings and pizza.”
But at the end of the day, we guess Alexis was able to look past appearances and see Vincent for what he really is: a man without a toilet. Or maybe she has a thing for coworkers. She’s already dated fellow Gilmore Girls actor Milo Ventimiglia. We’re guessing she’s a method actress.
Remember when we all wanted to dress like Joan, Don and Betty? Some of us raided vintage shops, others waited for Banana Republic’s Mad Men line, and the even less daring settled for making cartoon avatars for Facebook. Well, now that we’ve seen some preview pics from Sunday’s season premiere, we are a little bit scared of the influence the show might continue to have.
Season Five kicks off in 1966, the year before the summer of love. But as Bloomberg News points out, the bright sherbert colors and pop-art influence of the era are already evident and a stark contrast to the subtler, martini-bar tones of the early ’60s. And no where is this more obvious than in the above photo of Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and Trudy Campbell (Alison Brie). I definitely found several variations of Pete’s jacket among my husband’s grandfather’s things years ago. And I have no doubt I’ve seen pictures of my grandmother wearing something like that orange dress on the lady in the background (is that Ken’s wife? Too many months have gone by for me to remember the other spouses). I’m sure your mom tried out a floral pattern like Trudy’s at some point. Oh, yeah. This is no longer the boucle wool and silk scarf era. They’re all about polyester and nylon here. (Thankfully, previews have shown Joan still sporting her signature figure-hugging dresses.)
Maybe looking like your grandparents and parents on a golf outing isn’t a deterrent enough. So we have one more reason: If you were around for the last time hippie-chic came into fashion in the mid-’90s, you will remember that those fabrics can lead to some rather unpleasant body odor. Don’t let it happen to you, folks. Let’s start dressing like the Game of Thrones cast instead!
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Mad Men’s Sally Draper Goes Glam For Grazia Photoshoot
Kiernan Shipka’s life must be pretty awesome. At the age of 12, she’s just wrapped her fifth season playing Sally Draper on the record-busting Mad Men, and has a department store-size closet of haute couture which she gets to wear to glitzy Hollywood balls. She’s done more than most adults, but her parents still won’t let her watch her own series. “I’m not allowed to watch the show, apart from my own scenes,” she told Grazia Magazine. “I’ll start watching it when I’m older. I’ll have a lot of DVD marathons.” So what does she do with the time the rest of us spend endlessly watching the Draper family on Netflix Instant? Develop her killer style sense! Just check out the glam photos from her Grazia shoot. “I am a huge fashion fan. It’s a really cool way to express yourself. I’m always excited to get to set and see what I’m wearing,” she says. She has guest-blogged for Lucky, and cites Papo D’Anjo and Ralph Lauren among her favorite brands. “My style is constantly changing. At the moment I look preppy, but with an edge.”
She looked less edgy and more classy as she strolled the red carpet last night at the PaleyFest’s 2012 tribute to Mad Men in Beverly Hills. There she was reunited with her TV parents Jon Hamm and January Jones, along with fellow cast mates John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser and Robert Morse. Show creator Matthew Weiner was also on hand, and spoke about where he sees the series going, and eventually ending. “I think the plan is for [Mad Men to run for] seven years,” he told the press panel. “Seven years sounds like the right amount. My whole thing is, I don’t want to overstay our welcome. And it’s really hard.” He cited The Sopranos as an example of what not to do with a series. “I was with The Sopranos the last three seasons of the show, and what happens is you just start running into the places where you’ve been over and over again and it just becomes impossible.” How he’s gonna paint himself out of season four’s cliffhanger is anybody’s guess. Is it March 25 yet!?
[Photo: Grazia Magazine/Getty Images]
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It ain’t easy being green. Just ask Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the scheming Pete Campbell on Mad Men. This guy may be all about the green on TV, but he’s all about the green-living in real life. He appeared on MSNBC yesterday afternoon to discuss his eco-friendly existence, in which he shuns cars, meat, children and toilets. Yes, cars and toilets. It’s like being Amish, but even less fun. (Sorry to any Amish out there who might be reading this. Oh, wait…)
“I’ve been a vegetarian for four years and I have chosen not to have children, which are both green choices in my life,” he stated. “I also xeriscapedÃ‚Â my lawn.” For those of you who don’t know, “xeriscaping” involves “tailoring a lawn to withstand drought conditions.” And for those of you who are New Yorkers, a “lawn” is a small patch of grassy land at the back of a residence.
He went on to discuss how he gave up driving several years ago after the engine in his car flooded. He began to take public transportation, and has been doing it ever since. “It made my life better to slow down a bit and walk through the city.”
Earlier this year he told the UK Observer about his unique bathroom habits. “I don’t have a toilet at the moment. My house is just a wooden box. I mean I am planning to get a toilet at some point. But for now I have to go to the neighbours.” Now, our apartment could be on fire and we’d still think twice about knocking on our neighbors door. But Vincent is totally cool just waltzing in to use their toilet? This guy is kind of awesome. There’s more to Pete Campbell’s famous bitch-face than meets the eye.
Despite withdrawal shakes looming for Monday morning, we’re counting the minutes to the season 4 finale of Mad Men. For the last 12 weeks, we’ve looked forward to 10PM EST every Sunday, when we unabashedly gaze at the beauty and talent that is Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss. The critically-acclaimed and audience-adored show has launched these four actors, among others, from unrecognizable to A-List. From commercials and guest spots to blockbusters and glamorous gowns, the stars of Mad Men have hit the big time.
With its spotlight rookies, Mad Men also hosts some onscreen vets like John Slattery, Robert Morse, and Cara Buono. Where were they before the mod offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce? Check out our before and after gallery to find out. [Photos: Getty Images, Disney]