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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

A few wise words from Kiernan Shipka

Despite a parade of Bobby Drapers (I think the current one is the fourth?), only one child has ever played Sally Draper on “Mad Men”: Kiernan Shipka, who was just seven years old when the show began in 2007. Now 13, she’s been displaying a mastery of eye-rolling on recent episodes, and a mature and thoughtful acting technique. Here’s an interview with her, over at Vulture; seems like Sally’s in the hands of a very bright young woman. A highlight, regarding “that scene” from a week ago:

Assuming Jon Hamm and Linda Cardellini weren’t there in the moment you walked in on them, how did you prepare to shoot that scene?
Yeah, they weren’t. The whole thing about acting in general, whether other actors are there with you or not, is that it’s about your imagination. You can draw from real-life experiences, but obviously nothing, unless you’re doing some biography, is going to be exact to your life. You create things in your head. That’s what’s fun about it. It’s not real life. I have a little bit of a wild imagination, so I could imagine anything I wanted to see there even if it wasn’t really there. [Laughs.] It was cool to be in that scene, because I knew what my character was going to see, but I didn’t want myself to in the room because I felt bad for Sally! Like, I could stop it but I couldn’t.

I hope those cigarettes this week were fake, though.

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