Thursday Morning Man: Jon Hamm!
I wonder if a bad photo of Jon Hamm even exists. This guy is so handsome whether he’s slicked-back as Don Draper on the superb Mad Men series. The first time I met Jon, it was shortly after he won the 2008 Golden Globe Award for best actor in a drama and we chatted about the show – AMC’s first original scripted drama. It has wowed critics and quickly gained a loyal following.
“I think it’s found the perfect home on AMC,” he said. “It’s not unlike the first season of The Sopranos. The first year of that show, a lot of people didn’t know what it was and didn’t want to watch a gangster show or whatever. Then they found it and realized how deep it was. I think that’s similar to our show. Our fans are very, very loyal and excited about the show.
I wondered how Jon was handling his newfound stardom: “It’s all still pretty new and I think fortunately, I look a little bit different on the show than I look in real life. I don’t walk around around wearing three-piece suits with my hair slicked back so that makes it a little but easier. But it’s always nice when people recognize you for your work and they say good things about you.”
I also wanted to share a bit of this interview that Jon did with The Advocate last year with Brandon Voss for the “Big Gay Following” feature.
Q. So are you itching to play a gay role on-screen?
A. Well, c’mon, if I want to win awards, let’s talk gay. [Laughs] Now, if I were a mentally disabled gay man, I’d hit all the boxes. If there’s a great part out there, sure. For me, it’s much more about being a part of telling a great story. After the first audition for Mad Men, I said, “I will do any part in this script.” I just wanted to be a part of telling this story.
Q. What about Keanu Reeves (as a man crush), whom you worked with on the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still?
A. You look at Keanu Reeves and you think, You gotta be kidding me. I think I’m a pretty good-looking guy, but c’mon, man, that’s not fair! And he couldn’t be nicer or more laid-back or more of a regular cat. It’s like, Wow, you’ve got the whole package? Really?