Recently EW gathered five of the most promising child stars — Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, Let Me In‘s Chloe Grace Moretz, Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez, The Last Airbender‘s Noah Ringer, and True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld — to talk shop. We picked these impressive kids, who range in age from 10 to 13, because they are each doing incredibly sophisticated work that has earned them legions of adult fans. None more so perhaps than Shipka, whose extraordinary portrayal of Sally Draper on Mad Men, in particular her bravura run in season 4, has folks crying Emmy.
In real life, Shipka likes to unwind playing the piano. She’d love to star in a big action movie one day. She was aghast when one of the other kids revealed that he had never seen The Wizard of Oz. She does martial arts (!). She shot her first commercial — for Gerber Baby Food, of course — when she was five months old. Oh, and as you’ll hear in the video below, she sometimes has to fight the urge to give on-screen mom Betty Draper a proper beat-down. Do it! She also reveals whether she thinks a grown-up Sally would gravitate toward Joan or Peggy, and sounds off on how her character can possibly survive all this family drama intact.
For more on The Kids’ Table, check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale Oct. 29, and view our bonus interview with Kiernan Shipka in the video below. After that, check out what Hit Girl had to say in our video chat with Chloe Moretz.