A native of Minneapolis, MN, Vincent Paul Kartheiser was born on May 5, 1979 and was one of five children born to Marie Gruye and James Ralph Kartheiser. Nicknamed 'Vinnie' as a child, he was home-schooled for most of his life, but received his formal college education at UCLA. Vincent Kartheiser: I think he considered becoming a partner a big win, but you’re right. He’s a malcontent. ... Vincent Kartheiser: Well, the story’s about Don Draper, so it’s how he ... Relationships. Vincent Kartheiser has been in relationships with Ashalata Rawat (2003 - 2004) and Rachael Leigh Cook (1998).. About. Vincent Kartheiser is a 41 year old American Actor. Born Vincent Paul Kartheiser on 5th May, 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, he is famous for Connor on Angel, Pete Campbell on Mad Men. Vincent Kartheiser Net Worth is $300,000 Mini Biography. Recognized to audiences world-wide as spitfire marketing professional “Pete Campbell” in Matthew Weiner’s Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award-winning drama series Mad Guys (2007), Vincent Kartheiser provides actually been operating since he was a teenager. A frequently updated website devoted to the actor, Vincent Kartheiser who has starred in movies, such as Crime and Punishment, Another Day in Paradise, Untamed Heart, Masterminds, THe Indian in the Cupboard, The Unsaid, Ricky 6, Sins of the Father, Strike!, All I Wanna Do & Alaska. After her relationship with Milo, Alexis went on to find love with another actor – this time Mad Men‘s Vincent Kartheiser. The pair met during filming of the show, when Alexis guest-starred as a love interest to Vincent’s character Pete. They announced their engagement in March 2013 and later married in 2014. Unlike his character on 'Mad Men,' 32-year-old Vincent Kartheiser, whose face is even more youthful in person, has a beard. His hair is not slicked back like Pete Campbell's, but flops down into ... Stats. Birth Name: Vincent Paul Kartheiser Age: 41, born 5 May 1979 Country of origin: United States Relationship Status: Married Partner: Alexis Bledel Lists
After some research and finding absolutely no connection to Duluth in the OS other than Max’s brother living there, I started to think about if the reference was possibly related to the actors or writers of the show. I found these two facts interesting:
-Peter Krause, Lauren Graham’s partner, is a Minnesotan.
-Vincent Kartheiser, Alexis Bledel’s husband, is also a Minnesotan.
Neither men are from Duluth - but could this be a little nod to the real life relationships of the actresses?
Before I joined Reddit, the Mad Men community has always been one of my favorites to lurk. So many amazing conversations and insights. During my perusing, I've noticed that Trudy gets brought up a lot. I have to admit, I'm intrigued by her too. Despite being a secondary character, she's well written enough and Alison Brie's portrayal adds nuance that another actress may not. She's seemingly one of the few "good" characters who dotes on her husband, desires the suburban life, and wants the best for her family. However, I think she's only perceived as one of the truly "decent" ones because we only see two sides of the character - Trudy the "great" wife and Trudy, the intelligent and confident woman who takes no crap. From anyone. Well, that and because she's played by Alison Brie and really, who doesn't like her?
A big part of what makes Trudy engrossing is her mannerisms. I don't know if it's because she grew up at upper-class charm/private schools and country clubs but I often feel like everything we see from her is an act. She's always so...perfect. Always polite, well spoken and perfectly mannered. She knows what to say, how to say it and what to do in any situation. Don transmits a persona of the confident ad man whose always in control and people admire him for it. However, we know this is simply a mask he uses to conceal a broken fraud. People seem to admire Trudy as well for the persona she puts forth. However, we never spend enough time with Trudy to see what's fully beyond her facade (or is it?). It makes me wonder what truths she's hiding about herself.
Remember, one of the main themes of Mad Men is that everyone wears a mask or several; trying to sell an idea that doesn't really exist. We get to see past the masks of the main characters and witness their aspirations, disappointments and flaws along with their positive traits. Except Trudy. Though, we do catch glimpses of what's going on behind the curtain and we know she's not someone to trifle with. This causes me to ponder about her more than any other character. What's really behind the idea Trudy is trying to sell? It's been noted that Trudy was intended to become a full-time character. I wonder what they had planned for her?
What's her reason for marrying Pete and leading the life she's chosen? We see her so infrequently and save for a few moments when she's pushed to her limit always plays the faithful, submissive wife. You'd think she'd be depth-less. Yet we know this isn't who Trudy is thanks to the instances where she asserts herself ("You don't speak to me that way!", "You are forbidden to give anything more to that company!"). We've observed her acumen on several occasions. Every woman on Mad Men sacrifices aspects of herself to placate the men in their lives. We see how this affects Betty, Joan and Peggy but never Trudy. I'm curious to know what she's sacrificed (if anything at all). While she obviously wants to be a homemaker, did she have other aspirations besides being a wife and mother? If she did, what were they and why did she give them up?
One of my favorite books that deals with the superficial nature of appearances, the lies we tell each other and the false images woman project to please men is Gone Girl.
The book's female protagonist Amy delivers this monologue:
Nick loved a girl I was pretending to be. "Cool girl". Men always use that, don't they? As their defining compliment: "She's a cool girl". Cool girl is hot. Cool girl is game. Cool girl is fun. Cool girl never gets angry at her man. She only smiles in a chagrined, loving manner. And then presents her mouth for fucking. She likes what he likes, so evidently he's a vinyl hipster who loves fetish Manga. If he likes girls gone wild, she's a mall babe who talks for football and endures buffalo wings at Hooters. When I met Nick Dunne I knew he wanted "Cool girl". And for him, I'll admit: I was willing to try. I wax-stripped my pussy raw. I drank canned beer watching Adam Sandler movies. I ate cold pizza and remained a size two. I blew him, semi-regularly. I lived in the moment. I was fucking game.
Despite all of the women (save for Helen Bishop and Faye Miller) conforming to the ideals of men, so much of this statement reminds me of Trudy. In "The Suitcase" she brags she's "been watching boxing since she was a little girl." "I want a rare steak and to see those men pound each other," she boasts to Pete's colleagues. Does Trudy really like combat sports and being one of the guys or is she being "cool girl"? Every time she's on screen with other characters besides Pete, Trudy's agreeable and subordinate; the perfect hostess and wife. Everyone is taken with her. Even Don. In "Signal 30" he reminds Pete to appreciate what's at home instead of seeking greener pastures. I have no doubts that's part of who she is. She thrives in her existence as a homemaker. But how much of that comprises the real Trudy?
She's not one of the main characters so should it matter? Maybe not but as I wrote, Brie provides details with her performance that otherwise might not be there. That makes Trudy fascinating. She's around the same age as Peggy, yet she begins the series already knowing who she is and what she wants; confident in her place. Whereas Peggy is initially awkward and out of her element; very normal for a 20-something.
Trudy is shown to not only be settling down already but she knows without a shadow of a doubt it's what she wants. Or does she? Perhaps it's just the assumed role she's playing. What if, like everyone else Trudy second-guesses her decisions and wonders what else there is? I'd love to see a fully realized Trudy to know what the other facets of this character are. I'd love to know what she's forsaken during her quest to be the perfect wife. Every other character has made decisions that didn't pan out or led to disastrous results. What are Trudy's?
I'd love to know how she and Pete met or why they began dating. We know how Don and Betty met. We also know why Betty started dating and married Don (good looking, charming and was working at a big advertising firm). From what we know of Trudy and what we see of Pete at the beginning of the show, I can't fathom why a girl like her would go for him. He's a toad. An entitled, insecure toad with no redeeming qualities; save one. His family name and the supposed connections that holds.
Is Trudy honestly that shallow, only wanting to be seen as part of the upper crust and willing to do whatever it takes to obtain that (such as marrying someone like Pete)? Does she only care about how other people see her? Maybe she's afraid of growing into an "old maid" so she settles for the first "decent" choice that came along? A guy around her age that comes from a well-known lineage and has a promising career. After all, she refuses to be a "failure."
What if, like the other women Trudy bought into the hype of the "American Dream?" Only unlike Betty, Joan and Peggy she's too timid to leave the bubble and see what else is out there?
As a couple she and Pete are meant to parallel Don and Betty in a sense. Unlike the Drapers, Pete and Trudy are seemingly well-suited for each other and Trudy relishes her role as the housewife of a Madison Avenue professional. Unlike Betty who puts on the brave face of the content homemaker while actually being miserable in her role.
Given the era's expectations, was Trudy pressured into dating/marrying Pete? It's implied in "New Amsterdam" and "5G" the two did not know each other very well and may have rushed into marriage. What did she see in him? She acts so lovingly towards him only to have him not appreciate her or use her as an emotional punching bag. This makes me question why she's tender with him and if she really does love him. Maybe she doesn't see love as a feeling at all, just as a choice. We know her father is a serial philanderer himself. It wouldn't surprise me if Trudy, like the rest of the characters wasn't reared to know what a healthy, loving relationship actually is. Maybe she sees "love" as choosing to dedicate herself to her husband despite what she may really feel. As we know, the women were brought up to believe their station was wife/mothehomemaker. It was the dream to marry a man who'd be a good provider. And on paper, Pete fits the bill. Regardless of him being a shitty person (initially), Trudy (or her parents) thought he'd be a wise match. So, when he loses his temper (Hell's Bells, Trudy!), does something thoughtless (the rifle, cheap Valentine chocolates) or cheats on her (the au pair, prostitutes) she buckles down and performs her duty of "loving" him. How else could a wife soldier on if her husband suggested she sleep with an ex just so he can have his work published, then later reprimand her when she doesn't follow through?
We see a kindred dynamic play out with another couple - Joan and Greg. Joan doesn't really love Greg but she's desperate to find a husband who will provide the life she thinks she wants. So she plays the part even though Greg doesn't treat her well but he looks good on paper. Sound familiar? Even though we never see Pete assault Trudy in the manner Greg does to Joan, Pete does coerce a young neighbor into sex. Has he done the same to Trudy with her complying because it's part of the "job"?
When Pete does mistreat her she usually storms off, locking herself in another room. Pete's boorishness obviously hurts her. Yet, unlike Betty Trudy doesn't grow bitter and disillusioned. Or does she and just hides it well? Behind closed doors I imagine her breaking down questioning why Pete's not holding up his end of the agreement - "loving" her. I wonder if in those early days of their marriage she'd phone her mom or someone close (did she even have any real friends?) and they'd excuse it as "boys being boys" and advise her to strengthen her resolve. She's also emotionally mature, able to rationalize Pete's transgressions better than Betty can with Don's.
This is why she allows him to get an apartment in the city. When he came home in "The Phantom" with a battered face, I believe Trudy suspected he'd gotten caught by a lover's husband/boyfriend, etc. Does she grow angry? No, she carries on her wifely duties, choosing to follow the deception he feeds her. However, Brie plays that scene as Trudy saying yes while her vocal tone and body language suggests she knows better. Having Pete conduct his affairs in the city allows her to compartmentalize the different truths and lies she chooses to live with (kinda like Don, no?). She moves forward like it's not happening ("It will shock you how much it never happened").
That being said I wonder if she, like Betty went through Pete's belongings looking for signs of infidelity; an emotional wreck only to emerge the dutiful wife as Pete returned home. In "Souvenir" after Pete tearfully confesses his misdeed, Trudy leaves the room perturbed. We next see her when Pete returns home from work and she's prepared dinner, still shaken by the disclosure though determined to carry on as though nothing happened. We know she later agrees to him get an apartment in the city so he can be discreet. Despite tolerating it, I wonder how it really made her feel. A big aspect of Betty's story her wondering why she wasn't good enough to keep Don from straying. Did Trudy feel similar with Pete?
Sometimes I think (and this may be a stretch) there's a darker truth beyond a woman simply living in accordance with the outlook of her society. The characteristic that makes me question this is Trudy's shrewdness. She knows how to facilitate the circumstances that will get her what she desires. Early in the series while apartment hunting Trudy goes behind Pete's back and gets the money for it from her parents. When they're introduced to their neighbor she gushes about Pete's family name as if that social qualifier is what's important to her. What's really important to Trudy? This goes back to my question. Does she really love Pete for the person he is or does she "love" him because of the social status his heritage brings? However, this may not be true. Pete is one of the primary characters (not Trudy) so we view the world through his lens. One of the motifs for Pete's story is dealing with feelings of inadequacy and having no control over his life. But what would it look like if we saw the world through Trudy's eyes? It could have been more along the lines of she's proud of her husband and just bragging? Could it be she sees traits we don't?
What also makes me reflect on the nature of Trudy's astuteness is some of the verbal phrases she employs. In "The Rejected" Pete is instructed by Roger and Lane to inform his father-in-law that SCDP is dropping his business. Trudy offers to deliver the news "Why don't you let my father hear this from me. He'll never feel the knife go in." What startles me about this line is how cold it is. Who speaks that way about their father? Perhaps I'm reading too much into the expression but it's almost dare I say sociopathic?
Let's also not for get about the time in "Signal 30" when she out-Drapered Don, giving him no room to wiggle out of her dinner party. She even adds an exclamation point to their discussion with a simple, yet effective "We both know he's doing fine" when Don slags Pete's ability to close with clients. She won't allow another person diminish what she's built.
What makes these instances peculiar to me is that Trudy communicates them with her normal gracious disposition. Yet, it's easy to read between the lines to see what's really being said and there's no missing it. Just as when Trudy shoots down the flirtations of her male neighbors at the beginning of "Collaborators." She's perfectly courteous in her delivery, not saying a word that could be construed as being offended by their dalliances while firmly stating "not going to happen, now drop it." The woman marvelously navigates any social situation with ease while pulling strings to achieve her desired outcome. She's almost conniving.
Her actions in these scenarios are so calculated it only furthers my curiosity about her. There are multiple gears turning in her brain, it's like she considers situations from every possible angle. What's really going on there?
And of course, there's the infamous moment in "Collaborators" when she finally has enough of Pete's unfaithfulness and delivers the much beloved "I will destroy you!" line. What's interesting about Trudy's declaration is that it wasn't brought on by the fact that her husband strayed, it's that he strayed too close to home. "Couldn't you at least pretend?" she asks him. To me it sounds like she's admitting her marriage was more show than substance. She's admitting her entire relationship is not two people loving each other but the requirement needed to occupy a certain role in society that had been laid out for her. Yet despite that front being exposed to the point where she can no longer deny it, Trudy rejects divorce. "I refuse to be a failure." She tells Pete. Why stay in a marriage that's obviously a sham if not to maintain the position it affords?
Trudy's outrage at Pete's carelessness recalls another passage from Gone Girl:
But I made him smarter. Sharper. I inspired him to rise to my level. I forged the man of my dreams. We were happy pretending to be other people. We were the happiest couple we knew. And what's the point of being together if you're not the happiest? But Nick got lazy. He became someone I did not agree to marry. He actually expected me to love him unconditionally. Then he dragged me, penniless, to the navel of this great country and found himself a newer, younger, bouncier cool girl. You think I'd let him destroy me and end up happier than ever? No fucking way. He doesn't get to win. My cute, charming, salt-of-the-earth Missouri guy. He needed to learn. Grown-ups work for things. Grown-ups pay. Grown-ups suffer consequences.
Is this not Pete and Trudy? She's the brains of their marriage that is able to reign in and channel his emotions in a positive direction. There's an opening montage in an early episode (couldn't find which one it is) showing Trudy assisting Pete in dressing for work, a morning ritual they evidently share. In "Shut The Door. Have a Seat" Don and Roger meet with Pete to discuss joining them in starting the new firm. Pete, already feeling underappreciated is letting his emotions get the better of him. Listening to the conversation from another room, Trudy reminds him to be pragmatic with one simple line "Peter, may I speak to you for a moment?" It wouldn't surprise me if it was Trudy's idea to rehearse the Charleston for Roger's party in "My Old Kentucky Home." Let's not forget she arranges for Don, the senior partner Pete most admires to come to dinner. Anything to make her husband shine and possibly lead to career advancement. Alison Brie has stated in interviews that Trudy wants to be the one steering the ship behind the scenes; the one in charge.
How does Pete repay her for her efforts? He cheats on her because he wants something else and just expected her to go along with it. And she did for the most part, holding up the pretense of being a happy couple. Until Pete got lazy, that is. Does Trudy let him get away with it? No, she teaches him grown-ups suffer consequences.
Posters here laud Trudy for standing up for herself but why is she choosing to stay married? Though it's obvious she has an inner strength a lot of her contemporaries don't, she might lack the fortitude to make it on her own. What if regardless of appearing strong enough to kick Pete out, Trudy's secretly frightened of having to go it completely alone?
While Trudy has numerous great moments throughout the series, some of my favorites take place between "Time & Life" and "The Milk and Honey Route." They aren't as awesome as calling out Pete on his deceptions or cornering Don, but I like them because we finally see the character's vulnerability. In "Time & Life" she voices her struggle as a single mother and her fears of winding up alone because "no one will want her" as she ages. Her final interactions with Pete in "The Milk and Honey Route" reveal even more. At the beginning of the episode, Pete is dropping off Tammy just as Trudy and her friend, Sherri return home. Pete and Trudy have maintained an amicable relationship to which Sherri admires since she's not sure she could do the same with her ex-husband. Trudy reminds her that she and Pete stay civil for their daughter's benefit, it also helps to "forget things" (there's the theme of forgetting the past and moving forward, again).
I love the way Alison plays this scene during Trudy's conversation with Sherri. While maintaining her normal cheery demeanor, I detect touches of pain and sadness. Especially when she tells Sherri she didn't expect her "friends" to remind her of old wounds. Something to note is that Sherri is one of the female neighbors that was openly flirting with Pete in "Collaborators." When she enters the house with Trudy, there's an uncomfortable tension between her and Pete. Though she's not the one he had an affair with, I'm surprised Trudy would continue to be friends with her. Given what she said about her life in "Time & Life" I wonder if she's more like Betty than meets the eye. Even though she has acquaintances she sees regularly, Trudy's isolated with no real friends she's able to confide in. This could be part of why she accepts Pete's offer later in the episode.
Speaking of which, I find Trudy and Pete's late-night discussion to be interesting because Pete tells her he knows he could lose her love. Trudy responds by telling him he never lost it, she's just fearful of being hurt again. Up until this point, I was convinced Pete and Trudy were playing the part because it's what their society demanded of them. Maybe they are and this late-night reconciliation is them choosing to believe in the lie once more? Or does she really love him after all? Or is she sticking with the beaten path, because it's the only one she's ever known and fears alternatives? Hoping Pete will be a sure thing this time around? Reuniting with Pete will also help to give their daughter a more promising upbringing.
Perhaps another truth regarding Trudy is that while she has demonstrable strengths, she's actually not as tough as Joan or Peggy (or even Betty to a lesser extent). At the beginning of Mad Men, Joan who was raised to be admired, relies on her looks to get what she wants despite being competent at almost every thing she does while possessing a sharp wit. She buys into the idea that a well-to-do husband and family life in the country is the answer. She learns that's not true for her. She finds happiness as a mother but it's not until she branches out as a self-made business woman that she discovers fulfillment. As the series concludes, she's single because she refuses to compromise what she wants for her career or love life. As for Peggy, she was raised in a Catholic family that expected her to settle down and make babies. Instead, she goes against the societal norms of the day and helps to break the glass ceiling for women in the advertising world. Her story ends with her working at one of the biggest advertising firms, supported by a man who loves her (and vise versa). Heck, even Betty chose to pursue a new frontier while confronting her own demise.
Where is Trudy at the series' end? A single mother with no apparent job skills, leading an unhappy life in Cos Cobb with few options for advancement. In a supposedly reformed Pete shows up, declaring his love and promising a fresh start in Wichita. Even though she's taken aback and hesitant, she agrees. As I inquired above, does Trudy really love Pete in her own way, wanting to give him another chance or is she returning to the familiar out of fear and lack of options? It's been stated on this subreddit that Betty's death symbolizes the end of the 50s housewife as society changes. If that's true, maybe Trudy's decision to take Pete back symbolizes the 50s housewife following the same old script for fear of change.
In a 2015 interview, Matthew Weiner stated if he could pick one Mad Men character to follow up with decades later, it would be Trudy. He said he could see her being a "dynamite old lady" and would love to see what she does with the rest of her life. I agree. More than any other character I wonder how it goes for her once she boards that Learjet to Kansas. Though Pete swears it'll be different this time, Vincent Kartheiser has said he believes Pete'll screw it up again. I could see that happening but I can also see the two of them having a happy marriage. I can also see Trudy going back to school, taking up a cause or joining the workforce as Tammy grows older. If Pete does cheat again, would she continue to write it off so long as it's not right in front of her or tell him to get lost for good? Would she learn to be happy without a man and forge her own path? I suppose it's pointless to speculate as it's completely up to the imagination at this point.
Either way, Trudy's the character I think about the most.
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