December 09, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

”When I was negotiating I said, ‘I really like this script. But are you really going to jump full-on into scripted television?’ AMC sent me the Mad Men pilot, which hadn’t aired yet. I was blown away by the storytelling, the look, everything. I said, ‘Okay, you guys are serious. I’m ready to go.”’

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