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Peggy Olson is shaping up to be one of the most interesting characters on Mad Men, but little Sally Draper is giving her a run for the money. Played by the startlingly precocious Kiernan Shipka, Sally is by turns manipulative and vulnerable, deeply cunning but profoundly isolated. Don and Betty may not mean to poison her with their shortcomings, but they do, and, whatever her flaws, Sally is now a fully fledged member of Mad Men’s distinguished pantheon of complex, misunderstood women—except that she’s a ten year old girl. (As for the utterly self-possessed Shipka, how many child actors would explain, as she did in an interview at the 2010 Emmy Awards , that they “try to be method on the set”?) We’re rooting for you, Sally.


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