Mad Men’s John Slattery Opens Up To Boston Common Magazine

Some of you might know him as Roger Sterling from Mad Men, while others of you might still remember him as Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend from Sex and the City. Emmy-nomiated actor John Slattery is really everywhere these days and recently took the time to open up to Boston Common Magazine about his role on the hit AMC show and what it was like to grow up a Red Sox fan.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Slattery discusses his childhood growing up with a big Irish-Catholic family and attending Red Sox games on a regular basis:

“We had to do chores and take jobs—I was caddying by the time I was 10 and later worked in a gas station—but my father never really pushed us at anything, never stressed over it,” he says. His mother’s cousin was married to Jack Rogers, the Red Sox’s traveling secretary at the time, so his family definitely experienced the perks. “We’d take the Rattler (the trolley) into town for almost every home game,” Slattery says, adding that for sheer drama nothing beats observing world-class athletes in competition. “It’s so heightened, so intense,” he says “It’s do-or-die time, and sometimes you end up on the short end of the stick.” He continues talking about when he realized his dream of being a baseball player ended. “The older I got the more apparent it became that it wasn’t going to happen,” he says. “I was never a star, but I could play well enough to have fun at most anything.”

Slattery reflecting on his Mad Men character Roger Sterling and why he enjoys playing him:

“There’s nothing funnier than someone who thinks he has it right, who is so confident, and who really has his head up his ass,” he says. He continues later saying, “I like Roger. He may say and do things that I find abhorrent, but I understand him. We are all trapped, to some extent, by our choices and the consequences of those choices.”

 Slattery reveals his thoughts and struggle with success and continuing with his work on Mad Men:

“You work hard to get to a certain place, then you get there, and it’s not quite what you expected. That implies a certain dissatisfaction, which isn’t exactly right, but failure can be a lot easier to rationalize than success,” he says. “Maybe it’s an Irish thing.” He goes on later saying, “The series will go on for a couple of seasons, and then what? Not that I want it to go on forever. That’s part of what I like about what \I do—the unpredictability of it all.”

Slattery reveals the types of roles and work he wants to do and how he wants to evolve as an actor:

“You look for things that you have an emotional and intellectual connection to, roles that excite you.” He continues later saying how he hopes to change, “There’s a line in this season of Mad Men that goes, ‘happiness is the moment before you need more happiness.’ Which is true. We’re not satisfied as human beings, and that’s good and bad: ‘If I have this, can I have that?’ But it’s not having that’s worth it. It’s the opportunity to create. That’s the satisfaction.”

 

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