|After Emmy: the TV Guide Party
September 22, 2008
Interview with Bryan Batt
By Jen Smith, Fancast.com
Batt is definitely what we'd call old school. That's not a bad
thing, though. Playing Salvatore Romano, the art director at
Sterling Cooper, on the most recent winner for Outstanding Drama
Series, definitely has its perks. One of those perks is living
vicariously through his character, in the day where cigarettes
and scotch were the height of sophistication. Not to mention
the fashion! Bryan was the only cast member of Mad
by the TV Guide after-party, but that didn't stop me from hounding
him about being on the most critically acclaimed show of the
year, playing a closeted gay man, and crossing his fingers for
more viewers in the future.
Who are you wearing?
You look very dapper, might I add.
Well, I try!
You're keeping up the reputation
that Mad Men has already received for having the best costume design,
the most beautiful people.
It brings back, I think, a sense of style, a sense of elegance that people
dressed. You know, when you're going to an event, you dress up! When it
says black tie, don't wear jeans. What the hell is that about? It's called
I was recently in Manhattan attending
a Broadway show... my friend and I got dressed up but then I was there
sitting next to this tourist who had the smallest pair of cutoff shorts
I've ever seen in my life!
No, you were at Xanadu... that was one of the cast members (laughs). I'm
kidding. Although, human behavior hasn't changed. Everybody's still screwing
around, drinking and smoking and being bad. At least then there was this
guise of elegance.
One thing that has changed is the
acceptance of gay men, and your character is a little closeted.
I think he is. A lot of people ask me when he's coming out, and I say,
"To what?" Really, in 1962, what could he come out to? There
was no community. There was no life for him. This was what unfortunately
gay people at the time had to deal with, and he's doing the best he can.
And he's not even sure.
He has a wife.
Yeah, Kitty. Who's very much in love with him.
Her husband keeps inviting all these
And he pays her no attention! We like to call that the "man crush."
Well, how did it feel to walk up
onto that stage tonight and finally get recognition? Because it's really
the best show that nobody watches.
Isn't that true. I hope now our numbers go even higher. We've doubled from
last year. It's just a testament to when a great writer and a great creator
of a show like Matt Weiner has a vision, and the network says do it, and
be true to your vision. Basically he says, "Here's the show, do you
like it?" It's not sent to some guy with a six pack and a cigar who's
"I don't like it! I don't understand!" They're true to their
vision and people got it. So it's saying that there is an intelligent audience
out there that wants good television.
As a TV fan, I was so happy when
this show came along. TV needed to go there.
Have you seen the Emmys tonight?
No, I've been here!
I will not say anything except that I don't think that will be happening
I just wanted to say thank you for
the fans. Did you want to say thank you to anybody?
I want to say thank you to my mother. My mom is one of the most wonderful
people that ever graced this planet. She's going through chemo right now
so she couldn't be here. She's going to be fine because she is a steel
You have a fantastic night.