In the event that you didn't spend Sunday night watching the premiere of Feud: Bette and Joan, please cross it off your to-do list immediately. The new Ryan Murphy show chronicles the notorious rivalry between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and is packed with Emmy-worthy performances from Jessica Lange, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Susan Sarandon, and Kiernan Shipka—who plays Bette's daughter.
MarieClaire.com spoke to Shipka about working on yet another badass feminist set, whether she'd be up for a Mad Men reunion, and if we can expect to see her on the upcoming Feud: Charles and Diana.
She's Here for 'Feud: Charles and Diana'—But Nothing's Set in Stone
"I literally know as much as you! I have no idea. In my wildest dreams, sign me up. If they want me I'm there."
She's Also Feeling a 'Mad Men' Reunion
"I'm up for it. I love those people. I saw them the other day—it was so good to see everyone, we took a bunch of selfies, and I want to do it again. Any chance, I would do anything with them."
She Thinks Social Media Has Worsened the Whole "Women Being Pitted Against" Each Other Issue
"In a lot of ways, things have changed and improved, but Feud shows that the media and Hollywood have had a hobby of pitting women against each other. And it's really one thing that hasn't changed. With social media, it's only exacerbated–but that's my opinion."
Nothing Will Ever Live Up to 'Mad Men'—So She's Stopped Comparing
"Mad Men was such an integral part of my childhood, it felt like so much more than being on a show. It was everything to me. It was this elevated thing that changed my life, and was with me for a huge chunk. I've had to not compare anything else because they're such difference experiences. But there are similarities—working with top notch people, feeling so comfortable in their hands, and feeling like I'm a small part in this big big puzzle."
That Said, She's Not Looking to Replicate the 'Mad Men' Experience
"I was six when I started and 15 when it wrapped. That's just something that can never be repeated in such an impactful way. Man Men made me appreciate things and it was this big acting school. Every project I've been on since has also been a joy, but in a different way."
Yes, Politics Were Present While Filming 'Feud' (After All, Sarandon Was on Set)
"Politics are always present—but they were especially when we were filming. There's so much healthy discussion about it, which is very important—to talk, get everyone's perspective, and really listen."
Her Understanding of Feminism Was Shaped on TV Sets
"I grew up in such an feminist environment. I got to be this little girl that was looking at these female characters being portrayed as real human people. I got to be directed by amazing female directors and writes. It shaped my views and made me feel so confident in myself because I was seeing other women represented in things I wanted to do as well. I'm still learning, but going on to a show like Feud—Ryan is not talking the talk, he's walking the walk. I stumbled into both of these things but I couldn't feel more lucky—as a big feminist myself—to be part of these shows."