After all of the statues had been handed out at Monday night’s 25th Annual Artios Awards in New York City, we had a drink with “Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser, who was on hand to present several awards honoring the top casting directors in the industry.
What brings you to the Artios Awards tonight?
Vincent Kartheiser: Well I was offered to come, and I said, “That’s a huge honor and I’d love to do it.” I have primarily worked out of L.A., although I know some casting directors in New York. I love casting directors. I owe my career, like all actors do, to two or three casting directors who have really stood behind me.
Who are some those casting directors who’ve shaped your career?
Mali Finn was actually a huge, huge impact on my life as a young man. She basically pulled me out of Minnesota, brought me to L.A., screen tested me. She passed away a couple years ago now, but she was a huge catalyst in my career – and they always are. Throughout your career, you’re going to go through periods where the public doesn’t want you and directors don’t know you, but these people who do the work, and spend their evenings watching movies they don’t want to and plays that are out of their way, are the people who we owe our careers to and who believe in us. Read the rest of this entry »