Q: What do you think Don has learned about women and relationships over the course of the series?
A: That maybe he’s not very good at them. I hope he’s learned that, because that seems to be what everyone else has learned. Don is searching for something and has been for a long, long time. I don’t think he knows what he’s searching for, I just think he knows he’s searching for something… and I think people can resonate with that feeling of being dissatisfied and wondering what’s at the root of it. I think that’s why we have a billion-dollar-a-year psychotherapy business — figuring out what it is that’s getting them through the day.
Q: Do you enjoy playing a character who’s unraveling?
A: Looking back, even to the first season, there was a lot of Don that we knew was not okay. That’s in the pilot. He has this whole day and he goes through this incredible journey to his wife and kids and then you realize, Oh, that’s part of it too… In many ways, the course of the show has been stripping away of all of this stuff until there’s just this core left. What does that signify? Who is that person?
Q: Were you curious about the resolution of any other character’s story?
A: No. There was this idea going around that I knew everything because Matthew Weiner told me the whole thing. He didn’t tell me everything. He just told me kind of how he saw the series ending and kind of where I fit in it… I just had images and thoughts and ideas and I thought, “That sounds pretty good,” so I was as excited as anyone to see how’s it actually going to go.
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