David Lynch's inner life seems like a surreal, dreamy place, so it's not all that surprising that he casually hangs out with fictional characters from time to time.

Case in point: the ethereal director has been wining and dining with Don Draper and Peggy Olsen.

The topic came up duringan interview with ShortList, when his interviewer asked whether Mad Men's popularity had renewed interest in a Twin Peaks reboot.

"No." He states simply in his oddly disarming child-like way of speaking but does declare his love of another continuing drama. "I like Mad Men. They're great characters and whoever cast that show did a sensational job. It's great writing, great atmosphere."

Excitingly he reveals that he's met some of the cast but confusingly, for a grown man and film director, he refers to them by their character names. "I had the opportunity to meet Peggy Olsen and Don Draper..." I interrupt to congratulate him on avoiding their actual names — something he has in common with my elderly relatives.

What's more he insists on addressing the actors as their characters even when he's with them. "That's who they are to me. I called Peggy, 'Peggy'."

Did she mind?

"No not a bit. I met them in Cologne, Germany and my wife and I had drinks with Peggy in Paris."

Looking forward to him casting Sally as his next ingenue.

[image via AP, h/t Animal New York]