yael.tv recently got a chance to chat with Mad Men’s Beth Hall – who is best known for playing Roger Sterling’s secretary, Caroline – she dished on everything from John Slattery and Jon Hamm to the crazy Sharon Tate theories. Get the scoop now, before the 6th season finale of Mad Men, June 23rd on AMC.
yael.tv: Let’s start with an easy one, who is Caroline?
Beth Hall: Caroline is secretary to Roger Sterling, who is one of the partners in the advertising agency on the show Mad Men. This is my third season playing Caroline, she’s just a secretary true and true. And really cares about her boss, even though they have sort of a nasty banter.
yael.tv: You joined the AMC series in season 4, were you a fan of Mad Men before you were on the show?
BH:I was a big fan of Mad Men. I watched from the very beginning and I really loved the show, so it was really kind of surreal when I got to be on it. And then it just kept getting better and better.
yael.tv: Tell me a bit about John Slattery, what’s it like working with him?
BH: I was a fan of his [from Sex & the City and Desperate Housewives]. We don’t really hang out off camera, except for when we’re on set. We do get along really well. [T]he writers are so great that whatever they come up with will be fun to do. Whatever I get to do a scene with Roger it’s fun. And I think the chemistry is great – me and John Slattery get along well, so it’s great!
yael.tv: There’s a history of secretary-boss relations on Mad Men… any chance of Caroline getting together with any of the bosses?
BH: [laughs] Probably not, is my guess. You never know, but, y’know, I had to be Don’s secretary – sharing to be Don’s secretary when his secretary died, starting at season 5 – and y’know, I was hoping. But that didn’t happen…
yael.tv: Well, that answers my next question of who you’d want it to be.
BH: Well, yeah. Who wouldn’t?
yael.tv: Have you heard about the Megan/ Sharon Tate theories on the internet?
BH:I have heard about [Megan and Sharon Tate rumors]. I saw the comparison of the t-shirt with the star, and I know, of course, nothing about that and I don’t know if that was intentional or not. But that’s an interesting theory! …It might just be coincidence.
yael.tv: I heard you’re going to be on your first podcast, Afterbuzz TV, for the season finale of Mad Men on June 23rd. Can you tell me a bit about what we can expect?
BH: I’ve done radio shows, and I assume it’s somewhat similar. I’m excited about [being on AfterBuzz TV]. I just get to watch the finale – I believe there’s going to be some other people from the show there – and it’ll be fun… I don’t know if there’ll be questions from the audience or not, but whatever it is, it’ll be fun to talk about the show and our experiences, to see how people feel about the show. It’s great!
yael.tv: Lastly, if you could give one piece of advice to aspiring actors, what would you say?
BH: I’ve been around a long time, I’ve had some successes and I’ve had some rejections, just like everyone. And if it’s something you really really want, you just have to play it out and don’t give up. The amazing thing about this business is, tomorrow could change your life. Tomorrow could be a totally different day. And even though today was devastating ’cause you didn’t get something that you wanted to be in, tomorrow is another opportunity. And that’s the exciting thing about this business. As much rejection as their is, there’s also always hope and possibilities.
With only two episodes left in the exciting 6th season of Mad Men, make sure that you don’t miss a moment! Catch Mad Men, Sundays on AMC.