“Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm covers the September 2014 issue of GQ UK magazine photographed by Gavin Bond.
On carving a successful career post-Mad Men: “There’s no road map for this. You look at someone like Matthew McConaughey – 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. You look at a person’s success like that and think: God speed. And hope you’re given the opportunity. It’s hard because Hollywood is a lot of things, but it’s not the biggest risk taker.”
On the attention he receives from playing Don Draper: “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! It doesn’t make you feel good. I’m like: how were you raised?”
On leaving Mad Men behind: “We all want to know what that final episode says, and how it says it. And it’ll be really hard. A decade of all of our lives. John Slattery was saying just the other night, what would we all have done without this show? It’s changed our lives so profoundly. And of course the unspoken thing is: what are we going to do next? And no one wants to think about that.”
If that’s not a trick of the light on the cover, he is going to look stunning as a silver-haired man. We’re kind of looking forward to it.
[Photo Credit: Gavin Bond for GQ UK Magazine]
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