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Slate: What was it like for you to get that hug with Don Draper?Evan Arnold: I’ve gotta say, you know he’s this big beautiful charming man, and his diaphragm and chest are right against me and heaving, basically … it’s like a romance novel. But it’s that odd juxtaposition where we hadn’t hung out, we didn’t have dialogue together, we didn’t practice together. I did my bit of business, he listened to me, he came over, and he hugged me. You know, we had a nice, cordial introduction on the set. He is a consummate professional, and then, as actors you engage. And it becomes intensely intimate at a moment’s notice, and of course, a brief moment.
You know it’s a lot like relationships itself, where doors open and they close, there’s a connection. Do you have the ability, are you willing to receive a connection? And my wife said, “I think that’s what the episode is about, when they titled it “Person to Person,” it was that moment when we two came together.” I said, “Oh, I thought it was just about the collect calls, person to person!”
That’s what’s fun about the titles and the writing of the script, it’s open to interpretation.
A lot of my friends are like “What was that like, Jon Hamm was all up in your action? What was it like?” It was fine, felt good. He’s a good hugger! I hope I was, too.