After three seasons in front of the camera, John Slattery decided to add to his workload and also direct two of this year’s episodes of “Mad Men.” One of these, “The Rejected,” has been entered into the Emmys.
Slattery is favored to reap his fourth consecutive bid for Supporting Drama Actor for his performance as ace adman Roger Sterling. He has been bested by Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages,” 2008), Michael Emerson (“Lost,” 2009), and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” 2010).
In a webcam chat with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, Slattery revealed he is inclined to submit the 10th episode of the season, “Hands & Knees,” as his sample for the Emmys juding panel. His character hits rock bottom as he both finds out his one-time mistress Joan (Christina Hendricks) is pregnant and loses his biggest client. “From a strictly performance point of view, (I was) trying to convey that shock and all those things that are required in that short amount of time in a public place and then go through the motions with everybody else and pretend (nothing happened).”
He is particularly proud of his helming of a pivotal moment in “The Rejected,” which was the fourth episode of the season. “There was this big scene towards the end where Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) goes to the party, and she smokes pot with Joyce (Zosia Mamet) and her friends. She sort of sees a world that she hasn’t seen before. Then we shot the complement outside, and it was a big shot dressed to look like Washington Market.” He also directed No. 12 (“Blowing Smoke”).
Slattery is also in the running for a well-received guest spot on “30 Rock” as a unstable politico pitted against Congresswoman Regina Bookman (Queen Latifah) by Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin).