In this interview, Larisa Oleynik, who plays Cynthia Cosgrove on AMC's Mad Men, reveals her own secret hobby and describes getting recognized as "Mrs. Cosgrove."
Q: You've been on the show since Season 4, but we really saw a lot of you in Season 5. How did you get involved in Mad Men?
A: I'd been in to audition for the show a couple of times for different characters and different guest spots... And when I originally auditioned for Cynthia, I had no idea whose fiancée I was actually playing. So that was a really fun surprise.
Q: What was it like meeting Aaron Staton, your on-screen husband, for the first time?
A: I was incredibly nervous the first day on set, but he automatically made me really comfortable. Our chemistry is great in that it really completely and only 100% exists as our characters. And as soon as they call the scene, I'm like, "So, tell me about the baby." [Laughs] I couldn't ask for a better on-screen husband.
Q: You were a teen star in The Secret Life of Alex Mack in the '90s. How has being cast in Mad Men changed your career?
A: When people recognize me from Mad Men specifically, it's just the coolest feeling... I don't really know if I'm being seen differently, but I know that, just in terms of confidence, it has helped immensely... After a long round of trying to establish myself as an adult actor, booking this job, I was like, "Yes! They don't hire bad actors on Mad Men." It was huge sigh of relief.
Q: What do people say to you when they recognize you from Mad Men?