I knew there was a reason I loved Mad Men (apart from the magnificent costumes, attention to detail, smouldering tension and immaculate scripting…). Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell, is like, totally green. He’s car-free in LA, which is no mean feat, and a veggie. He’s even decided not to have kids for green reasons – I don’t think I could make that decision, but it is thought-provoking. Watch an interview with him on MSNBC here and below is an excerpt from a New York Times article about his car-free lifestyle:
To go downtown where “Mad Men” is filmed, he takes either the Red Line or two buses. He reads, does crossword puzzles and goes over his lines.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “Instead of driving and being stressed out about traffic, you can work your scene, you can do your exercises or whatever on the bus. Everyone’s got their own deal.” …
“They’ve done a study and they’ve found that people under 30 no longer view cars as status symbols or even positive things,” Mr. Kartheiser said. “They look at them as pollutants.”
Earlier in the evening, on the way to the restaurant, Mr. Kartheiser had ruminated about his choice to be carless.
“I like that my life slows down when I go places,” he said. “I have all these interactions with the human race and I can watch people living their life and not just in their car.”