Mr Vincent Kartheiser talks Mad Men and Looney Toons

Mr Kartheiser was 26 when he joined the cast of Mad Men, just as Pete Campbell was when he joined Sterling Cooper. And over the past seven years, both men have matured, made money and achieved great success in their careers, an experience that has changed them in unexpected ways. While Campbell went from account executive to partner, a position he once craved but now finds unfulfilling, Mr Kartheiser rose from relative obscurity to starring in one of the most acclaimed shows on television. But his disillusion is the same.

“It’s like Oscar Wilde said: ‘there are two great tragedies in life’,” he says. “‘One is not getting what you want, and the other is getting it.'”

“I’m an extremist. I go through weird phases that I fully believe in at the time. Then of course, six months later I have to back step.” He puts on a voice. “Gee sorry folks, I don’t believe in that stuff much any more…”

Mr Aaron Staton (left), Mr Kartheiser (centre) and Ms Alison Brie (right) in the fifth season of Mad Men, 2012

He sounds like a character from Looney Tunes.

“Well I am kind of Looney Tunes, this one.” He points at himself. “But see, everyone changes – if you don’t change between 26 and 33, then you haven’t been trying. It’s just most of us don’t give interviews about it. So my big lesson is to just not talk about it in interviews. And that’s hard for me, because I tend to be an open book. It’s like going against my nature.”

Photography by Mr Kurt Iswarienko | Styling by Ms Gaelle Paul | Words by Mr Sanjiv Bhattacharya

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