Kiernan Shipka grows up: The 'Mad Men' star talks fashion, food porn & famous friends on Twitter

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For seven seasons, Kiernan Shipka was Sally Draper. As Mad Men's first daughter, the actress (literally) grew up on screen holding her own in scenes opposite Jon Hamm and January Jones. By the end of the series' run, Sally was an angst-ridden teen, ready to escape her parents' shadow.

Now, Shipka is Telulah Farrow -- a platform-sporting, ripped T-wearing, heavy eyeliner-applicating high school student in Fan Girl, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The part is among several new roles -- including a sibling in the supernatural family drama, One and Two, and a scared teen in the upcoming horror flick February -- showcasing a new, mature actress that's graduated from the hit AMC series.

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Today, though, she's a 15-year-old who lives with her parents in Los Angeles, and she never wants to move out. "I'm going to have to eventually, but not now," Shipka tells ETonline by phone as she boards a plane from Los Angeles to New York City. "I don't want to think about that now."

For all her poise on screen and on the red carpet, her indelible fashion sense and her politician-like interview skills -- especially when faced with controversial topics -- Shipka is essentially a normal teen (with a serious wardrobe). And there are no lengths she won't go to for ice cream.

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In this publicity photo released by AMC, Jon Hamm as Don Draper is shown in Season 5, Episode 1, of "Mad Men." The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are announced on Thursday, July 19, 2012. "Mad Men" is making a bid at Emmy Awards history to win its fifth best drama series trophy. (AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from "Mad Men." The program was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/AMC, Jordin Althaus)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from "Mad Men." Hamm was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series on, Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
In this publicity photo released by AMC, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson is shown in Episode 11, Season 5, of "Mad Men." Moss was nominated for an Emmy award on Thursday, July 19, 2012 for outstanding actress in a drama series for her role as Peggy Olson. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Jordin Althaus)
This image released by AMC shows, from left, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Jared Harris as Lane Pryce and Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper in a scene from the fifth season of "Mad Men." On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity photo provided by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene of "Mad Men," Season 6, Episode 1. “Mad Men” returns for its sixth season Sunday, April 7, 2013, on AMC with 13 new episodes. Series Creator Matthew Weiner says he plans one more season for the 1960s drama. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from the season five premiere episode of "Mad Men," where Megan surprises Don with a birthday party. On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05: Jon Hamm is seen filming 'Mad Men' on March 05, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
This undated publicity image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene outside of a Howard Johnson's restaurant in an episode of "Mad Men." The actual Howard Johnson's in upstate New York in this scene, was in fact a shuttered, deteriorating one in an LA suburb. Virtual airbrushing was provided by Zoic Studios, which repainted the building, replaced its sign and deleted nearby post-'60s buildings, all digitally. "Mad Men" competes with other contenders now for a special effects Emmy nomination in a new category. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity photo provided by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper, left, and Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene of "Mad Men," Season 6, Episode 2. “Mad Men” returns for its sixth season Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity image released by AMC shows John Slattery as Roger Sterling, left, Jon Hamm as Don Draper, center, and Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell in a scene from the season six premiere of "Mad Men," airing Sunday, April 7, on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This image released by AMC shows newcomer Teyonah Parris as Dawn Chambers, left, and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in a scene from "Mad Men." On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 05: John Slattery, Rich Sommer and Jon Hamm are seen filming 'Mad Men' on March 05, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, left, and Kevin Rahm as Ted Chaough in a scene from "Mad Men." The season finale airs Sunday, June 23, on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This publicity image released by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper in a scene from the finale of "Mad Men." The popular drama ended its fifth season on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
Don Draper portrayed by Jon Hamm, from left, Roger Sterling portrayed by John Slattery, Pete Campbell portrayed by Vincent Kartheiser and Lane Pryce portrayed by Jared Harris appear in a scene from season six of "Mad Men." The final episodes of the popular series begin on Sunday. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This image released by AMC shows Jessica Pare as Megan Draper performing a French song in a scene from the season five premiere episode of "Mad Men," where Megan surprises her husband Don with a birthday party. On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the program received a total of 17 Emmy nominations including best actress in a drama series for Elisabeth Moss and best actor for Jon Hamm. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC. (AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Jon Hamm as Don Draper, left, and Jessica Pare as Megan Draper in a scene from "Mad Men." The season finale airs Sunday, June 23, on AMC. (AP Photo/AMC, Michael Yarish)
This TV publicity image released by AMC shows Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in a scene from "Mad Men." Olson was nominated for an Emmy Award for best actress in a drama series on Thursday July 18, 2013. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. It will air Sept. 22 on CBS. (AP Photo/AMC, Jaimie Trueblood)
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ETonline: You've played a mid-20th century teen for so many years on Mad Men. How did it feel to jump into the modern day world of teenage-hood?

Kiernan Shipka: It was fun! It was a fun change of pace, too. I really enjoyed working on [Fan Girl], and I loved the script. It was actually my first time doing something and playing someone super modern in a long time. After Mad Men, I worked on another project about a family who lives in isolation [in One and Two, which premiered at Sundance]. They weren't too modern either, so this was really kind of a whole new thing.

And Flowers in the Attic -- that was another period piece. Despite the harsh reviews, are you glad you did that film? Did making a TV movie like that inform how you pick future roles?

For me, everything is driven by the material. Whether it's TV or it's film, my main concern is what the material is, like what I'm drawn to could be the people working on the project. That's always kind of the motivation behind things for me.

Your character in Fan Girl has the chance to win a filmmaking contest that Tina Fey judges and you were on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Will we see you come out of your comedy shell in future roles?

Tina's great. I think she's so nice, and funny, and talented and smart. I was so excited when she was totally willing to take part in the movie, and I've always been a huge fan of hers. I guess for me, my love of comedy has never been super secret, but I'd been on Mad Men for so long that [other people may have seen it that way]. I love improv and I love comedy, absolutely, but I love all genres.

Do you think that you might actively go for lighter roles now just for contrast?

No, I really like the dark worlds too. That's definitely not something that I want to steer away from.

Have you seen your Mad Men co-stars since all the finale parties and appearances?

We wrapped almost a year ago. We've kept up, which is nice. We're all great friends. I mean, when you work on a show for nine years hopefully everyone becomes really close. Now, even though we're not working on the same show every single day, there's still so much contact, because everybody's very close.

What from the show resonated with you about how women are treated?

It was great to be on a show that depicted women in such an honest, real way. There's so much depth and emotion in all the characters, and all the female characters are portrayed in a way where they're all on their different paths and they all have lives and problems and issues -- but at the core they're all very strong. Growing up as a young girl on the show, that could not have been more inspiring.

Do you see much change in the way women are treated now?

We've definitely come a long way since the '60s, but there's still a ways to go. I think it's awesome that people are speaking up and speaking out and doing great things to make the world, and society [a better place for women]. I think it's an exciting time.

We've got to talk about your style, which is amazing. Do you pick your outfits out yourself or do you work with a stylist?

I work with a stylist -- Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson -- and we really love collaborating together. I'll send them photos of stuff that I see on Style.com and it's always a fun meet-up when we decide what I'm going to be wearing for a particular event.

How about today, did you dress yourself?

[Laughs] Yes, for everyday wear I wake up and put on overalls or whatever. That's my thing right now.

What fashion trends are you into right now?

I just took a college course called History of Western Dress -- I'm taking courses through Central Michigan University, they've got a great online program -- so I'm kind of obsessed with past trends right now. That's what's going on in my mind. I'm learning about the fashion from the time of Marie Antoinette and even from the 1960s -- a bunch of different eras. For current trends, I'm always a sucker for patterns. I like that they always tend to coordinate with whatever season it is. If it's summer, there's always some more fun bright patterns. In fall, a great plaid.

Your style has obviously been influenced by Mad Men.

Yes, absolutely. I think because I started the show when I was six and was just becoming interested in fashion. A large part of that is because I was working with Janie Bryant, our costume designer and seeing these magnificent outfits. It definitely sparked my interest -- just fashion in the general sense. My own style has gone through plenty of phases, but Mad Men was always something that influenced it and made me appreciate vintage clothing, and style, and the evolution of fashion.

And now you have a Coach bag designed for you.

It's the Coach Swagger bag. You can buy it and then Coach encourages you to decorate it yourself and do all sorts of stuff with it. I decorated mine. There's no 'Kiernan' Coach bag out there to my knowledge!

In Fan Girl, there are so many references to social media, as it's such a big part of the 2015 teen's life. And you're pretty active as well, but it looks like you've left your Tumblr for greener pastures.

I used to be really into Tumblr, because you could just kind of re-blog stuff. Now I check Twitter -- but I'm so bad at it -- and I'm on Instagram. When I eat something that is very pretty, I'll let the world know. Besides that, I do a lot of scrolling, but I don't post too often.

Yes, we've noticed your #foodporn Instagrams. They're amazing. Do you have a favorite restaurant in L.A., or a favorite dish?

It's so hard to pick favorite restaurants and dishes! There's a place called Sapp Coffee Shop that has really good jade noodles. That just sprung to mind. I love Sqirl, because I love going there with my friends. It's really fun. Then we get ice cream a lot. I mean that's the thing that I really like. I once drove [east of L.A.] to Alta Dena for gelato. That's kind of my real obsession, and it was delicious. I think that's still in L.A. County, right?

You're definitely more into your food than you are into selfies. In Fan Girl, there's this great line about the art to taking a selfie. What's your take on that?

I'm always approaching it differently. I don't take many selfies without other friends. It's always been group shots or just sending funny faces to people. That's my selfie game.

From your Twitter feed it looks like you're friends with the musicians Sky Ferreira and HAIM.

I love the HAIM sisters -- I think they're so fun. I love their music, and they're also just such nice, fun people. Sky and I have never met, but we're friends via the Twitter, social media-verse. I think she's great.

Do you sing? Would you ever make an album?

Oh man, I'm trying to just focus on the acting right now, honestly. I do like singing, but I'm probably sticking with what I'm doing.

What's the most normal or abnormal thing about you as a teenager?

I never attended traditional school past the second grade. That's pretty abnormal. Then the normal thing is pretty normal -- I just love hanging out with my friends and all that jazz.


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