The "Mad Men" gang returns for another season of wheeling, dealing, and wooing on March 25. Questions abound: Are Don and Megan still together? Will Joan have Roger's baby? And what's up with those naked mannequins in the promo posters?
If the past four seasons are any indication, many "Mad Men" characters will be coupling up in the months ahead. Before that happens, check out the cast's real life partners (or in some cases, lack thereof).
|Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt|
Far from the womanizer he plays on TV, Jon Hamm's been by the side of his screenwriter girlfriend since 1997. The two collaborated together on "Friends with Kids," currently in theaters, which Westfeldt wrote, produced and directed. Though he's no Don Draper, Hamm, 41, and Westfeldt don't plan to marry anytime soon. "We may not have a piece of paper that says we're husband and wife, but after 10 years, Jennifer is more than just a girlfriend," he told the New York Post in 2009. "What we have is much deeper and we both know that."
Westfeldt has also talked about how she doesn't see them having children. "I never thought I'd be this age and not have kids," she told the New York Times magazine. "But my life has also gone in a million ways I never anticipated. I kept feeling like I'd wake up with absolute clarity, and I haven't. And we have a pretty great life together."
Hamm recently made headlines because of his decidedly unromantic dealings with another woman. After telling British Elle that Kim Kardashian and her ilk are an example of pop culture celebrating stupidity, Kardashian lashed out at him on Twitter, calling him "careless."
Like her character, Peggy Olsen, Moss hasn't always been lucky in love. She married "Saturday Night Live" and "Portlandia" star Fred Armisen in 2009; they separated eight months later and subsequently divorced. Moss answered questions about their whirlwind marriage in an interview with the New York Post earlier this month:
"One of the greatest things I heard someone say about him is, 'He's so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person.' To me, that sums it up."
Ouch. But the 29-year-old bombshell seems to be over the comic. She told the Post that she's enjoying flirting with new paramours and "loves boys." And when asked if she still keeps in touch with Armisen, she promptly replied, "Oh God, no."
The actress who plays Betty Draper Francis might be one of the most enigmatic women in Hollywood. In September, Jones, 33, welcomed her first child, Xander Dane Jones. There's been speculation about the identity of the father -- likely candidates include Matthew Vaughn, who directed Jones in "X-Men: First Class," and Jason Sudeikis, who stammered when asked about Jones' baby bump last year -- but Jones has yet to comment on or confirm anything.
|Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend|
Unlike her "Mad Men" alter-ego, Joan Harris, Hendricks' personal life is not the stuff of drama. The 36-year-old actress married actor Geoffrey Arend in 2009. (You might remember him as Joseph Gorden Levitt's loudmouthed, karaoke-loving co-worker in "(500) Days of Summer.") Hendricks gushes about Arend in interviews. Last year, she described his flower and chandelier-filled proposal to the Daily Mail's You magazine, calling him "just so old-fashioned and kind and dreamy."
In 2010, she told Harper's Bazaar that unlike many of her fans, he's not obsessed with her figure, saying, "My husband thinks it's so odd that so many women hit on me," but added that he loves the confidence curvy women say they've gotten from her: "I remember Geoffrey saying, 'That's what you're doing for people. That's amazing.'"
|John Slattery and Talia Balsam|
Married since 1998 in real life, Slattery and Balsam play exes on the show. Slattery said their relationship makes their on-screen chemistry even more electric. "Knowing Talia as well as I do, made it easier somehow to fill the scenes with the emotion they needed," he told AMC in 2007. "I suppose it might have been harder if she weren't such a good actress."
She also has the distinction of being the only woman to ever wrangle George Clooney into a serious relationship -- Balsam and Clooney were married from 1989 to 1993.