‘Mad Men’ Star Rich Sommer Discusses ‘Happy Don’

ALTBe it the cracks in the already rocky foundation of his relationship with wife Megan or pressure from Burt Cooper to get back to work, the honeymoon may soon be over, in every sense of the word, for Don Draper on Mad Men. But fans of the firing-on-all-cylinders AMC drama aren’t the only ones enjoying the days of Happy Don…while they last.

Hollywood.com caught up with Mad Men star Rich Sommer at the world premiere of his new film The Giant Mechanical Man at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday and the actor discussed the shift in Jon Hamm’s conflicted character and how it’s reflected on everyone else.

“It’s great to see Don in a different place,” the 34-year-old said on the red carpet, “I remember last year when Don announced his engagement there was a stage direction that read, ‘We see Don smile bigger than we’ve ever seen him smile.'”

Of course, not everyone has the same sunny disposition as Don Draper (yes, that Don Draper) thus far in the game-changing season five, particularly Sommer’s unhappily married Harry Crane and Vincent Kartheiser’s sinking Pete Campbell. “I don’t know that Pete and Harry are in that different a place from where they’ve ever been before,” Sommer said of the sad sack characters, “It’s just juxtaposed against a now happier Don, they look really, really bummed out.”

Still, like most things in the world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, it’s safe to assume nothing will stay the same. “I don’t know what’s going on in [Don’s] head,” the actor said, recalling Sunday night’s stunning episode in which Don and Megan wound up in a devastating fight, “Obviously that…was not an easy night for him.”

Mad Men airs on Sundays at 10 PM on AMC and Sommer will soon be seen on Broadway starring opposite Jim Parsons in Harvey beginning June 14.

The Giant Mechanical Man opens in limited release on Friday, April 27.

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