ESQ: Do you have any thoughts on this murder theory?
JP: Well, I know [creator] Matt [Weiner] spoke about it a few days ago. [Eds. note: We were unable to find Weiner talking about it, at least publicly.] I think that one of the greatest things about being on this show is that people love to talk about the characters. For me as an actor, it’s absolutely so thrilling to hear anybody talk about the character that I play. [Laughs.] In terms of whether that’s going to happen or not, I’m pretty sure that Matt spoke to it, but I just want to say, I don’t know.
ESQ: In shooting that scene, is there a connection being made like, “Oh, I’m wearing Sharon Tate’s shirt,” or is it just a costume you put on?
JP: There was a reference photo in the costume shop that was that shot with Sharon Tate. That’s right where I saw it. Women didn’t really wear a lot of t-shirts at the time, so we were trying to find a t-shirt, where this woman was on her balcony, by herself, and not really expecting her husband being home so soon and she’s just wearing underwear and a t-shirt — looking vulnerable and casual. Not like vulnerable in an explicitly sexual kind of way, but almost vulnerable in its dowdiness or whatever. That might not be the right word. But he’d come home and see her in this vulnerable state and she’d just say it, say exactly what she’s thinking. Which by the way, people rarely do in life, but people do on TV and especially on this show. So I think that was the idea in finding that t-shirt — something that we had a reference that somebody had worn at the time. And if there was any significance beyond that, I don’t know, you’d have to ask Matt.
But ultimately it was Jessica who had to get up and perform a song and dance in front of the entire cast of Mad Men, who I’m just beginning to get to know.
(Photograph by Mark Seliger; via: VanityFair)
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