The extreme minimalist life of Pete Campbell, "Mad Men" actor

Vincent Kartheiser, he actor who plays the weasely Pete Campbell on Mad Men, has taken simple living to an extreme. He lives in a "an empty wooden box" in Hollywood without even a toilet.

From The Guardian:

201004260836 "Like, I don't have a toilet at the moment. My house is just a wooden box. I mean I am planning to get a toilet at some point. But for now I have to go to the neighbors. I threw it all out." (As he says this, I'm wondering whether this is just another of the parts Kartheiser might be trying on for size, but to prove the point he later takes me back to his house, which really is an empty wooden box, a small one-room bungalow on a nondescript Hollywood street and indeed it has no lavatory.) Is that a Buddhist thing, I wonder, or an early midlife crisis thing?

"It started a couple of years ago," he says. "It was in response to going to these Golden Globe type events and they just give you stuff. You don't want it. You don't use it. And then Mad Men started to become a success on a popular level and people started sending me stuff, just boxes of shit. Gifts for every holiday, clothes. One day, I looked around and thought 'I don't want this stuff, I didn't ask for it'. So I started giving it to friends or charity stores, or if it is still in its box I might sell it for a hundred bucks. I liked it so I didn't stop."

Does he have a bed?

"I do," he concedes, "but that might go…"

Vincent Kartheiser profiled in The Guardian