No one is more surprised than Mineral Wells native Kevin Rahm that his Mad Men character, Ted Chaough, has become a major player in the AMC dramas sixth season, which ends Sunday night.
Im always surprised, Rahm said of the series many twists and turns. It wasnt until Don said, Do you want to get in some trouble? that I was like Oh, oh! The first time I read [the script], I was like Oh, yes! Yes, we should merge! And you know [creator] Matt [Weiner] had told me that there were big things coming for the character, but I didnt see it.
Rahms character appeared in a handful episodes in past seasons as the boss of a competing advertising firm. But the recent merger of his company with that of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) along with a shocking kiss with Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) has thrust Ted to the forefront of the 1960s ad world drama.
In a recent interview in Los Angeles, the onetime Desperate Housewives actor compared leading man Hamm to Hollywood megastar George Clooney and discussed why hes staying tight-lipped about that Ted-Peggy lip lock.
1 Initially you wanted to be a lawyer?
My intent was to go to law school. And then what I realized quickly is what I wanted was to be on L.A. Law. And ironically now I get to work with Mr. [Harry] Hamlin.
2 You also share the screen with Jon Hamm. Whats that like?
The first scene two years ago when we met in the Benihana on the Honda episode it was daunting. I mean, Jons the nicest guy, a genuinely good guy, and so he makes it easier. I call it the Clooney effect, when you dont get famous till youre 30 or in your mid-30s.
3 What do fans usually want to talk about?
Its weird. I had someone yesterday stop me from [my role on] Friends. So I think it depends on whatever their milieu is, but more and more Mad Men. They all want to know what is going to happen [with Peggy and Ted], if something is going to happen and if it does, when. I got to meet a lot of the Downton Abbey cast last night and Im a huge fan of Downton. So Im like Oh, my god! I love your show! And they in turn [ask about Mad Men] and Im like, Oh, my god, thats right. Im on a show, too!
4 So what exactly was the deal with the Ted-Peggy kiss?
You can argue that its out of gratitude. You could argue that hes completely in love with her and hes fighting it. Thats the other thing that is exciting about the show is that we dont know. Its not handed to you or us on a silver platter.
5 I understand you recently celebrated your one-year anniversary with your wife, Amy Lonkar, a cardiothoracic surgeon. How has married life been?
Its the best decision I ever made. She grounds me in a great way. She puts my job in perspective real quick. You know any time people are talking about Emmys or something like that and you start to think, Oh, Im pretty cool, and then I talk to her about her day and I go, Yeah, we [actors] play. We play.
Nicole Evatt, The Associated Press