"This is kind of like my high school graduation, since I never actually attended a real high school,” she says, now perched on a stool in the window wearing a comfy-chic outfit of overalls, T-shirt, and a Comme des Garçons cardigan. “It’s crazy, and super emotional, but it’s also just weird because I was on the show for more than half my life. It feels like this thing that’s always seemed so familiar is now closing—very odd and bittersweet.”
Shipka will be the first to tell you that appearing on the now-iconic show, which began airing its final episodes on April 5, has unquestionably established her career. Remarkable for the adult professionalism she employs while playing the attention-starved daughter of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his ex- wife Betty (January Jones), Shipka has garnered effusive compliments from fans, co-stars, and particularly Mad Men show-runner Matt Weiner. With this maturity, she has single-handedly morphed the role of Sally Draper from a kiddy bit-part into a plot-carrying conversation-starting character whose angst and bluntly honest quips make her perhaps the most endearing cast member on the show.