Kiernan has the honor this month of being one of three cover stars for W Magazine. Photos from the shoot have been released, along with three videos. One of her and her fellow cover stars, Zendaya and Willow Smith, singing, one of them describing their celebrity crushes, and one ‘auditioning’ for The Hangover.
An interview was released with Kiernan. You can read a bit below, and view the whole interview here.
Lynn Hirschberg: What was the audition for Mad Men like?
Kiernan Shipka: I was 6, and before any audition, I would get so excited. I was obsessed: I liked learning lines. That was fun for me. I remember my first day on set. I was supposed to run into the scene with a plastic bag over my head, and my mother on the show says something like, “Your clothes better not be on the floor.” No one seemed to worry about the potential safety hazard of a 6-year-old with a plastic bag over her head! That was probably a little bit of foreshadowing, the darkness that was ahead for Sally.
LH: The scene where Sally walks in on her father during an illicit tryst was deeply troubling to me. Did you actually see what Sally saw? Weren’t you too young to watch the show at all?
KS: I didn’t see what Sally saw. I think Jon Hamm was on his phone rather than in bed! But I didn’t watch Mad Men until I was 13—when I was home sick and watched all the seasons on Netflix. It was a lovely treat.
LH: Until Season 4, Sally didn’t get much hair or makeup. And, then, it was kind of an explosion of style.
KS: Mad Men introduced me to the power of fashion. I realized that style could tell a story. In the last season, Sally wants to impress a boy, so she dresses up. In the scene, I had to smoke a cigarette—and I’m not a pro in the slightest. They used these herbal cigarettes, and during the first take, I smoked it backwards.
LH: During the run of the show, you were homeschooled. Do you feel that you have missed out on any part of a regular school experience?
KS: Not really, but I do want to go to the prom. Or several proms, hopefully. That’s my goal. I’ve been to the Emmys, but prom—that’s where it’s at. [Laughs]
Kiernan got to take part in a new mini web series by Harper Bazaar’s executive editor, Laura Brown. The three-minute video is hilarious and Kiernan’s outfit is elegant as always. Watch here.