“In Mad Men, I have a ton of favorite costumes,” Shipka tells USA TODAY. Looking back on Season 5, “I think that go-go boot moment with Sally was such a shocker and so fun.” (Don certainly didn’t think so — he made her change out of them immediately.)
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New interview with Kiernan!
It was great to see your name included when Feud’s cast was announced. How did you and Ryan Murphy become acquainted?
I auditioned for the show and then I got a call that said they wanted me. I was kind of flabbergasted. Oh, I haven’t used that word in a long time. Flabbergasted. [Laughs.] To be quite honest, when I got the script and saw the people who were involved with the show, I didn’t want to hype myself up because I didn’t want to get too excited. I wanted to just talk myself out of it, like, Oh, this isn’t going to happen. Just go out there and do your best job in your audition. But then a few days later, I get a call with the offer and was pretty shocked and so excited. It wasn’t some long process that I got myself super nervous over, so in a way it was even more of a shock.
Feud’s premise has piqued a lot of interest. Despite the series being set a half-century ago, it tells the very relevant story of the hardships women face in the entertainment industry.
Completely. I think Ryan and everyone involved in the making of the show shines such a light on how Hollywood has always pitted women against each other. Like you said, it’s extraordinarily and very unfortunately relevant. To be a part of a show that I felt was making a statement, and a really important one at that, was really cool because I’m such a fan of it from the outside too.