Jon Hamm Glad He Wasn't an Overnight Success

September 10, 2010 By:
Jon Hamm Glad He Wasn't an Overnight Success

Jon Hamm is on fire right now! His show Mad Men just picked up an Emmy for Best Drama (for the third year in a row!), he was named the International Man of the Year by GQ magazine and now we have another sexy Jon Hamm spread thanks to Details magazine.

He looks smoking hot on the cover of the October issue, and it only gets better once you start flipping those pages. Make sure to pick up a copy of Details, but in the meanwhile here are some highlights from the article!

On avoiding the paparazzi:

"I'm old, I'm boring. I usually just duck the paparazzi. It's literally someone waiting for you to pick your nose or scratch yourself. I'm sorry, I scratched my balls—who doesn't do that? You're really going to run that story? What the fuck?! Everyone has picked their nose at one point in their life too."

On trying his hand at acting in high school:

“I never minded standing up and looking like an idiot, which is tremendously helpful in this industry.”

On being glad he wasn't an overnight success:

After years of struggling to make it in Hollywood, the feels lucky that his “overnight success” took as long as it did saying, “Absolutely, I don’t know how the Twilight kids or Miley Cyrus handle it. You make one bad decision and people in Thailand Twitter about it.”

On his new movie The Town:

“It’s almost like an old Hollywood movie. It’s got a love story, it’s got a crime element, but it’s very much for adults,” says Hamm. “There’s not a lot of candy for the Twitter-obsessed. It just deals with adult shit- no werewolves, no vampires. Yet … they’re retooling it for 3D.”

On arriving in Hollywood in the nick of time:

“If you didn’t look 18 years old, you weren’t working. And I didn’t look 18 years old when I was 18. I always looked 10 years older than I was...L.A. represent opportunity. And, as has been proven over and over in the current media landscape, it doesn’t take much for them to put you on TV. If that’s all you want you can just be on The Bachelor or The Real Housewives or whatever show just wants oversized personalities, ridiculous behavior and zero dignity.”

On learning how to act:

“When you try to learn how to act, you approach it with respect. But if you just want to be famous…that’s not much different than porn. ‘I’m a movie star!’ Well, no, no you’re not. You’re a porn star, and that’s completely different.”

Matt Weiner on Jon's character Don Draper:

“One of the greatest pleasures of the job,” says Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, “has been to see Jon create the character of Don Draper. He’s smart, deep, and a natural leader. I can’t imagine making the show without him.”