What we’re talk­ing about this month.

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save for her fre­quent use of the word “awe­some,” you’d never guess that Kier­nan Shipka is 15. Within the first few min­utes of our con­ver­sa­tion, the actress launches into her love of char­ac­ters. “Whether it’s com­edy or drama, char­ac­ters can be very dif­fer­ent; I just hope I get to play an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple,” the Mad Men star says mat­ter-of-factly over the phone from her home in L.A. It’s not a sur­pris­ing sen­ti­ment from an actress who has been play­ing the some­times enig­matic and slightly trou­bled Sally Draper for most of her life. As co-star Jon Hamm puts it: “She has been on the show longer than she hasn’t.”

Has play­ing Sally from the age of six in­flu­enced her at all? “We’re very dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but I think she’s a great per­son and some­one I’d def­i­nitely want to be friends with,” says Shipka with a laugh. As Mad Men en­ters its fi­nal sea­son this month, Shipka is find­ing say­ing good­bye to Sally some­what bit­ter­sweet. “It has been emo­tional,” she says. “This is a char­ac­ter I’ve known for so long and it’s this weird thing of los­ing some­thing so familiar.”

Shipka says that her love of fash­ion re­ally be­gan on the set of Mad Men, but she has been mak­ing waves for her thor­oughly mod­ern sense of style both on and off the red car­pet wear­ing fash­ion-favourite brands like Miu Miu, Delpozo, Rag & Bone and Acne Stu­dios. And Shipka con­tin­ues to head straight into the fu­ture: New York’s down­town bi­ble Dazed & Con­fused re­cently voted her num­ber 21 on its Dazed 100 list (along­side fel­low teen wun­derkinds Tavi Gevin­son and Ken­dall Jen­ner), and she’ll be star­ring in the up­com­ing film Fan Girl, with Meg Ryan. “It was re­ally fun to play some­one so mod­ern and who is living in my gen­er­a­tion,” she says about the film. “It’s a whole new world.” h

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