11:11 am - 08/13/2010

Pete Campbell gets a promotion, and is sweaty

"There's only one Don Draper," Vincent Kartheiser says, "and when you work alongside somebody like that, you make your peace with being a beta male." Kartheiser is talking about his Mad Men character, Pete Campbell, the ambitious WASP who has never quite matched the profile of his ad-agency superior, played by Jon Hamm. But that dynamic might shift.

"Pete got a promotion, he's feeling more comfortable with his status, and he knows more about who he is," Kartheiser says. "His angst is down and his confidence is up."

His marriage is better, too. Pete and Trudy (Alison Brie) weathered his affair with the au pair, and Pete is feeling committed for once.

"It was as if Pete had to take on the image of the playboy only to realize he isn't really that guy," Kartheiser says. Still, it's unclear if Pete will give in to pressure to adopt a baby. "I don't think he's hip to that idea," reveals the 31-year-old actor, who, despite the show's success, still lives in a modest bungalow and takes public transportation or walks to work. "People see me on the streets of L.A. and they must think, 'Hey, there goes that guy from Mad Men. But look at him, he's all sweaty.'"

Can't wait to see him take Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (Campbell?) by storm.

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tuggernuts 13th-Aug-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
connor ruined everything
donquixote17 13th-Aug-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
cordelia dying her hair ruined everything.
flumes 13th-Aug-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
stillll shocked that was him
hausofashley 13th-Aug-2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
theconsortiumxf 14th-Aug-2010 04:42 am (UTC)
perfect first comment is perfect
handful_of_fire 13th-Aug-2010 04:36 pm (UTC)

i love this waspy little mofo, except in his rapey moments
flumes 13th-Aug-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Well Draper is legit one of the worst characters on the show and Campbell is much better as he is now.

Smarmy motherfucker.
kateahol 13th-Aug-2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
fuck him for letting peggy take all of the heat for the ham fiasco.
courtneyfrances 13th-Aug-2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
that was underhanded in its own right, but i think by this point he might just know peggy and don have a better understanding of each other... whereas don just likes to give pete a hard time.

fuck pete for being all weird around freddie rumsen, though.

but fuck freddie for being all old-fashioned and not understanding peggy's forward-thinking ways!
elisabet85 13th-Aug-2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
ricinbeans 13th-Aug-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
one day petes gonna have a breakdown and streak the office
opusdeihohoho 13th-Aug-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
wtf? wow he used to be hot
flumes 13th-Aug-2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Also I just caught up with this show yesterday and the episode where that man's foot got run over STILL HAUNTS ME TO TO THIS DAY (I watched that like two days ago.)
my_cat_is_grey 13th-Aug-2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Just as his foot got run over, my boyfriend's sister came in and our dog got all excited so she was yelling at him to stop jumping and omg I was horrified by the show and then there was shouting right by me and that was a traumatizing experience all around.
flumes 13th-Aug-2010 04:49 pm (UTC)

it was a really crazy part and like you knew it was coming but idek omg flashbacks
strangelittlex 13th-Aug-2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
disco_balla 13th-Aug-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)

Epic television right thur.
sapphirespells 13th-Aug-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
lmao I am loving that picture.
_______chaos_xx 13th-Aug-2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
i am loving your icon
slave_to_franz 13th-Aug-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
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hellocheerio 13th-Aug-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)

He's so gangly! But still such a cutie.
chiroro 13th-Aug-2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
lol aw, he's adorable :D
vatulele 13th-Aug-2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
is there a gif of him getting his foot cut off by the lawn mower?

that happened to be the first episode i ever saw and it was just a total wtf moment.
thetinydemon 13th-Aug-2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
That wasn't Pete. That was some random dude from the International Office.

flumes 13th-Aug-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
who was totally hot
hellocheerio 13th-Aug-2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Omg!! D:

I haven't seen this episode yet. I don't really want know what's being spewed all over them...
withaterrace 13th-Aug-2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I can't stop watching Kinsey flailing around.
disco_balla 13th-Aug-2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
He was gonna be the new C.E.O. and it would have changed everything. So happy that didn't happen.
hotcement 13th-Aug-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
lmfao i love how paul's arm was up so when he moves it after the blood comes there's a big spot of clean on him
starsinshapes 13th-Aug-2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
I'm still Pete/Peggy, but whatevs. I wonder if their lovechild will make another appearance/cause drama.
flumes Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Pete used to be my least favorite character. Now it's Don but I LOATHED Pete Campbell and I couldn't stand to see him on the screen until the last two episode of season 3.

Roger will be dead from that alcoholism.
acupofpassion Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
LOL omg this.

I used to think Don Draper was hot shit until his cheating/lying/emo ways. I can't even -
la_cienega Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Don is such an epic douche
lamboyster Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I love the actor but I really hate the character.
fame Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm probably the only one but I hate him

no you're not. i def can't stand him, but agree with your assessment of the actor playing the character well etc
withaterrace Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
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disco_balla Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
I need Pete to make a living dancing at Studio 54.
senkig Re: TBH13th-Aug-2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hate Pete too. Vincent is great but I can't stand Pete Campbell AT ALL.
nodaybuttoday27 13th-Aug-2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
It always amazes me what a mess he looks like out of costume compared to how he looks on the show.
hellocheerio 13th-Aug-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)

I saw some promotional shots the cast did a few days ago, and I couldn't believe the contrast. He looks like a completely different person. I think it's the hair, mostly.
hellocheerio 13th-Aug-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
He's 31?? He looks so young. I had a hard time accepting that he was in his late twenties on the show, at first.

This news pleases me though. Pete is the best character on the show. He deserves some happiness.
courtneyfrances 13th-Aug-2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
he really does. if you rewatch the first season, he is even more babyfaced.
hellocheerio 13th-Aug-2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I just completed watching the first season for the first time actually.

I loved it, due largely to his character.

He could easily pass as a college freshman, honestly. lol.
withaterrace 13th-Aug-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
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flumes 13th-Aug-2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
withaterrace 13th-Aug-2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
"Title? I'm Ken!"
courtneyfrances 13th-Aug-2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
shit i looooooooove this fight.
love_alice 13th-Aug-2010 05:33 pm (UTC)


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