Jon Hamm wonders “how people have been raised” when they randomly ask him for a kiss.
The 43-year-old actor has won hordes of female fans thanks to his portrayal of womanizer Don Draper in TV show Mad Men. Unfortunately many have a problem differentiating between life and art, which can prove difficult for Jon.
“I can literally be walking through Central Park and every third person will be like, ‘Can I have a kiss?’ No! Absolutely not! And Jennifer [Westfeldt, Hamm's long-term partner] will be right there!” he laughed to British magazine GQ. “It doesn’t make you feel good. I’m like, ‘How were you raised?’”
Jon found fame later in life, which meant his parents never got to see how successful he has become. His mother passed away when he was ten and he lost his father a decade later, which he says “changed everything”. He felt completely alone in the world, something which took him a while to move on from.
“I was in college, and I had to start over again. It was definitely a moment. I was at a crossroads. It really could have gone the wrong way,” he said.
Mad Men is set in an advertising agency, with the first episodes taking place in the ’60s. It began in 2007 and was the role that changed everything for Jon, although he had been desperately trying to make it in the run-up to landing the part.
“My energy wasn’t right,” he explained. “You know, [affects hyperactive teen voice] ‘Hey guys! I think there’s been a murder! And have you seen there’s a dance?’ It wasn’t me. I had to grow into being hirable. People said to me, just wait until you’re 40. I was like, 40?”
Nowadays Jon wouldn’t change anything about his career and he’s looking forward to new horizons now Mad Men is coming to an end. He tries not to have expectations about the parts he’ll land, insisting it’s impossible to say what will happen in the future. He cites Matthew McConaughey as a good example of this – the actor picked up this year’s best actor Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club.
“Ten years ago, you wouldn’t have said he’s going to be an Oscar-winning actor, you know? The guy from Failure to Launch? You’d have been laughed out of the room,” he said.
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