On four-time Emmy champ “Mad Men,” John Slattery and Talia Balsam play a divorced couple, sometimes bickering and sometimes amiable towards each other. Since they are a real married couple, what goes into the dynamics of acting opposite each other? We will ask them about that when they join us for a live chat this Wednesday, June 11, at 11:00 a.m. PT; 2:00 p.m. ET on Gold Derby’s home page.
Slattery’s character Roger Sterling is one of the long-time partners at a New York advertising agency in the 1960s. At the end of the recently-aired seventh season, he is promoted to president of the agency after the death of Bert Cooper (Robert Morse). In recent years of the show, he has gone through a marriage with a younger woman, been seen with a variety of young ladies, and is often on a drug-induced trip of some sort.
Early in the series, he divorced his wife Mona Sterling, played by Balsam. She makes guest appearances on occasion, including the much-discussed episode “The Monolith” this season. In that segment, she and Roger go on a road trip to the country to beg their adult daughter to return home from her hippie commune. Balsam will be on the Emmy ballot this summer as Best Drama Guest Actress.
Slattery has been nominated at the Emmys four times (2008-2011) for his supporting role on the AMC drama series. He has also directed several episodes and recently helmed the independent film “God’s Pocket.” It stars the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and “Mad Men” co-star Christina Hendricks.
Balsam is the daughter of Oscar-winning actor Martin Balsam (“A Thousand Clowns”) and actress Joyce Van Patten. Her career has included guest roles on “Homeland,” “Treme,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Without a Trace,” “Ally McBeal,” “thirtysomething,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Magnum, P.I.”
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