September 14, 2008
Q&A Bryan Batt
'Mad Men''s Salvatore Romano has a crush
By Amy Matheny
DON DRAPER is not the only ad man
on "Mad Men" with a secret. Sterling Cooper art director Salvatore Romano
(Bryan Batt) conceals his sexuality from his wife, Kitty (Sarah Drew),
and even from himself. Until now. In last week's episode, Romano invited
his colleague, Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton), to dinner and flirted with
him in front of his own wife. We caught up with Batt, 45, to see what
Romano's next move might be.
NYP: What does Sal see in Ken?
Bryan Batt: When Ken describes the Rothko hanging in Cooper's office he
sees something that he's never seen before. He explains Abstract Expressionism
to Sal in an organic way. He says, "It's more like an emotion." Which
I think is deeper, than saying, "Hey, there, cutie."
NYP: Does anything more overt happen?
BB: There is another interaction. It's not what people
are going to expect.
NYP: What about Sal's marriage to
Kitty, then? Is it just a cover?
BB: Sal is confused on many levels, but he performs
his husbandly duties.
NYP: What is Sal's favorite accessory?
BB: His pinky ring. I have a selection of five. There's
a garnet ring, a green stone, and black onyx with a gold "S." I call
that my Super Sal ring.
NYP: You grew up
in New Orleans. What was that like?
BB: It was the best playground you could imagine. My
grandfather, Harry Batt Sr., owned an amusement park called Pontchartrain
NYP: You have a home furnishing
store, Hazelnut. How did you get into that?
BB: It was always my second love. I was always redoing
my house and helping friends. I would go to the gift shows for fun. My
partner, Tom Cianfichi, and I have had [the store] for five years. I
help with the buying. But his expertise keeps it going.