February 18, 2017 at 11:23 AM EST

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert helped Christina Hendricks take a walk down high school memory lane on The Late Show Friday night.

During her visit, the Mad Men actress talked about the surreal feeling of visiting a school to shoot her upcoming comedy Fist Fight. “We shot in an old high school in Atlanta, and I walked in and the smell smells like a high school, and I felt like the nerd I was [back then],” said Hendricks.

To add color to her memories, Colbert whipped out two old photos from her school days, both of which feature a young Hendricks with short hair, a dark lip, and a smoldering look to the camera.

“At any point did Molly Ringwald sue you for identity theft?” joked Colbert. “That was much more Samantha Mathis from Pump Up the Volume, for those of you who remember that movie,” she said in return.

While high school is behind her, the actress shared she became “a theater kid” at a young age in Idaho, carrying through to her teenage years in Virginia. “It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Hendricks. “It teaches you how to see through other people’s eyes — have empathy for other people.”

In Fist Fight, now in theaters, Hendricks’ character only seems to have empathy for Ice Cube’s character, who’s ready to beat down Charlie Day over some drama at school, where they’re all teachers.

Watch the full clip above.

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