Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser cries like a little girl at weddings

25th Annual Artios Awards

You may not recognize Vincent Kartheiser. He’s semi-famous right now because he’s on Mad Men - he plays Pete Campbell, the smarmy, pathetic yet sympathetic, old-money WASP accounts manager. Vincent actually has more than twenty film and television credits to his name, but he rules at playing Pete Campbell. It’s like what I think about January Jones – I wouldn’t hate her character so much if January wasn’t such an amazing actress. Vincent gets my respect because I both love and loathe Pete Campbell – he elicits very strong emotions in me, so I tend to think Vincent is doing his job superbly. I’m just giving all of you my little FYI on the guy – I think he’s a great actor, and I’d like to see more of him, and I’d like to see more people show him some respect.

Anyhoodle, Vincent spoke to Us Weekly at the Artios Awards last night (these are photos from the event), and the conversation turned to all of the weddings amongst the Mad Men cast. I’m making it sound more dramatic than it actually is – two actresses from the show recently got married, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks. As it turns out, Vincent was invited to both “small” weddings. And as it also turns out, he wept like a little girl at both. It’s actually a really sweet interview:

Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is man enough to cry at weddings — as he did at two recent ceremonies for castmates Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss.

Moss, 27, married Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen, 42, at The Foundry in Long Island City, New York Oct. 26.

“They got right down to the ceremony,” attendee Kartheiser told Usmagazine.com at at Monday’s Casting Society of the America’s New York 25th Annual Artios Awards. “Not a lot of hoopla and waiting around. Really simple and beautiful. Elisabeth said stuff that made me cry.” The actor kept the couple’s words to himself, but explained, “They were really just speaking to each other and the people they loved.”

Hendricks’ Oct. 12 wedding with Geoffrey Arend at Manhattan restaurant Il Buco, meanwhile, “was much smaller,” he says.

“Everyone seemed to know each other. I also cried in that wedding!”

The actor explains that he’s been close to the pair for a while. “I’ve been around for a lot of their relationship. Geoffrey was a really good friend of mine, and when he met Christina I saw his whole life change for the better. It’s an inspiring thing when two people can adapt, give to each other and help each other grow.”

For all his waterworks, Kartheiser, who attended Monday’s event with his girlfriend of one year, Shanna Collins, says he’s “not the marriage type.”

“I don’t get what it’s for,” he says. “What’s the big deal? For some people it works — I don’t know what it would do for me, I’m so confused!”

[From Us Weekly]

Aww… don’t you like him after this? Please? Give him some love! I also like what he says about whether he’ll ever get married. Typical guy. But he sounds like a sweetheart. Don’t believe me? Vanity Fair also ran an interview with Vincent last month – and he started talking about how he was a child actor, and how he always knew he wanted to act. Vincent says: “When I was a kid being an actor was not cool. I’m thirty now and when I was a kid in the 80s that wasn’t a cool thing to be. Now I see with my niece that acting is like the thing. I don’t know if it’s because of the Disney Club or whatever, but all the boys are actors and in dance and stuff and I’m like, Wow, I got beat up every day because I was in ballet and I was an actor and that was, you know, ‘gay,’ or whatever. But I always loved it as a kid and it’s something I’ve always done.” Sigh… good kid.

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  1. Jenna says:

    That is not Pete Campbell. That is Connor Angel.

  2. Firestarter says:

    The first place I saw him was on Angel. I like him on Mad Men, but Jon Hamm is the best!

  3. MDD says:

    Amen, that is Connor Angel…

  4. Jeri says:

    WOW!! Thanks Guys. I really liked Connor but I never connected the two. Had no idea they were the same guy. He is Good!!

  5. BW says:

    He doesn’t get what marriage is for? It’s so the woman has security in her old age or if she has children. It’s so you don’t use up all her good years and then leave her for a younger model when she can no longer get someone who’ll want to spend the rest of their lives with her. I’m sorry, but when I hear men say they don’t “get” marriage, it turns me off them.

  6. Iggles says:

    This is a sweet interview. He looks so young! Can’t believe he’s in his 30s.

    Jenna – I was watching Angel this morning. Saw the episode where Cordelia gives birth to her and Connor’s “child”. Crazy drama that season, but I really liked Vincent has Connor.

  7. Kaiser says:

    Ha! I didn’t (or don’t) watch Angel, so I didn’t know he already had one big memorable tv show. Good for him! I’m glad so many people know him. I kind of love him. Which is strange, because I kind of hate Pete Campbell.

  8. Rae says:

    Ummm, BW, marriage doesn’t prevent someone from leaving. It’s called divorce. My sister doesn’t “get” marriage either. She’s in a committed relationship and doesn’t feel that a piece of paper makes her any more committed. They’ve been together for almost 10 years.

  9. Sumodo1 says:

    Jeez, his eyes are dreeeeeeeeeamy.

  10. Firestarter says:

    Iggles- I saw Angel this morning too. I always had missed that episode and finally got to see it.

  11. BW says:

    Ra: I didn’t say it kept anyone from leaving. But the whole purpose, going back centuries (in Judaism) was to give women some rights. That’s why Jewish weddings have a contract that is signed and given to the bride. Otherwise men were free to come and go as they pleased. At least with a contract, they were responsible for support. You’d still have to take them to court, and they still might not pay, but the point was to have some sort of security. I didn’t say it always worked.

  12. Chris Johnson says:

    Hi BW. You said, regarding marriage, “It’s so the woman has security in her old age or if she has children.” That comment doesn’t make much sense considering that in the U.S. a man and woman can get divorced at any time. Marriage doesn’t guarantee anything to anyone. If a man is so screwed up that he wants to end a long marriage so he can get a “younger model” then I say good riddance to the jerk.

  13. fancyamazon says:

    BW is totally correct, and the fact that western culture has gone so far from the (yes, idyllic, and not always workable, but fairly good system for all parties, not just the women) norm is sad. Marriage also provided a wider family net for older members of the community to fall back on so they wouldn’t become “useless” as they could help with child-rearing and still be looked after in their old age, instead of crammed into nursing homes and forgotten and neglected, like so many are today.

  14. Jeri says:

    Some of you folks discussing marriage sound like you’re from the 1800′s. Sounds like some of you women want to be able to quit taking care of yourselves, get fat and miserable and then guarantee he’ll never be able to leave you. It’s not so much the fat but living with someone that is bitter & miserable is a b-tch!

  15. Iggles says:

    Firestarter – Awesome. A few days ago I caught the end of the Cordelia/Connor get it on episode. So wrong and icky, yet I could not look away.

    I kind of feel like Connor was a tragic character. I feel for Cordelia too because the whole demon possession thing was kind of sad (kudos for Joss for the most original way to explain a lead actress’s pregnacy!).

    A word of about marriage – I agree that we’ve ventured from the norm. It’s good that some of the oppression of traditional marriage has fallen away. However, in some respects we’ve thrown the baby out with the bath water because some of the benefits of marriage have been severely weakened. It’s like we’ve traded marriage for dating with rings!

  16. BW says:

    Look people. Marriage is not a new institution. The guy said he didn’t know what marriage was for, and I just stated why it was invented. I didn’t say it was for everyone. I didn’t say I was for or against it.

  17. Ally says:

    Beyond romantic love, marriage is about constituting a family where there are no blood ties, whether you end up having kids or not.

    It’s about being able to feel confident that you can rely on each other emotionally, financially and legally, as you would with other members of your family.

    Some people can create that bond without an actual marriage and more power to them, but the formal process is as popular as it is because of how effective it is at the new-family-creation thing.

    Re: Kartheiser, I had that love-hate thing with the character, too, and even hoped that those darn kids (Pete and Peggy) would end up together in a not-toxic relationship, but after he basically blackmailed the neighbors’ nanny into sex, I’m rooting for him no more. Pete’s soul is blackened beyond redemption!

  18. michellllle says:

    I loathe Pete, Vincent however seems lovely. The power of good acting a well written script I suppose.

  19. fancyamazon says:

    It’s defintitely not about getting “fat and miserable”. Especially in this economic climate, a marriage cannot be about one single breadwinner, just as it isn’t about one single child-rearer anymore. But it is about a lot more than” I like you, lets have a series of parties and then a pretty ceremony so I can be a princess for a day”.