Jon Hamm on His Sex Symbol Status: "It's Not Like I'm Justin Bieber!"

July 28, 2010 By:
Jon Hamm on His Sex Symbol Status:

Sorry to disappoint all you Don Draper fans, but Jon Hamm is nothing like the man he portrays on Mad Men.

In the issue of Parade magazine , Jon talks candidly about his slow ride to the top, how he gets into character, why he doesn't have the marriage chip, and why Justin Bieber is a bigger sex symbol than he is. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Parade: He’s nothing like the character he plays.

“[I'm] able to leave Don Draper at work. I’m quite dissimilar from him in real life.”

You won’t find him in Don’s usual buttoned-up ensemble.

“I realize how talented our hair and wardrobe people are every time I have to get dressed on my own.”

Hamm spent much of the 1990s driving to auditions that went nowhere and waiting tables to pay rent.

“I drove around in a Volkswagen Rabbit I shared with one of my roommates, and it didn’t have a roof. It doesn’t rain much in L.A., but when it did, it was utterly miserable.”

After moving to L.A. in 1995, Hamm went years without finding a solid acting job.

“I’d try out for parts on shows like Dawson’s Creek and people would say, ‘You should go up for the dad part,’ and I’d say, ‘But I’m the same age as the kid!’”

Why they’re not in a hurry to get married.

“I don’t have the marriage chip, and neither of us have the greatest examples of marriages in our families. But Jen is the love of my life, and we’ve already been together four times longer than my parents were married.”

Nor is he rushing to have children.

“I like kids but I also like the option to close the door. Becoming a parent is a whole other life, and it doesn’t stop.”

How he and Jen deal with the attention he gets as a sex symbol.

“That kind of stuff is only present if you give it attention. If it’s not reflected back, it goes away. It’s not like I’m Justin Bieber or anything.”

People now recognize Hamm in the darnedest places.

“Jen and I were in Italy this year and we were looking at Michelangelo’s sculpture of David when we noticed people staring at us and talking about Mad Men. I thought, ‘People, there’s a great work of art here, and it’s the other way.’”