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Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm

Birthday: 10 March 1971, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth Name: Jonathan Daniel Hamm
Height: 188 cm

Jon Hamm was born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Jonathan Daniel Hamm. He is an actor and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Town (2010) and Minions (2015).

Jon Hamm
(2010) I certainly go after what I want. But I just have detached amusement about a lot of it. Becau Show more (2010) I certainly go after what I want. But I just have detached amusement about a lot of it. Because it's silly. This job is ridiculous. There's a line from 30 Rock (2006) that Tracy Morgan says that makes me laugh out loud: "I remember that movie-I got paid one million teacher salaries". It is what it is. Hide
We're at a place where the idea of being 'elite' is somehow considered a negative. Whether it's Pari Show more We're at a place where the idea of being 'elite' is somehow considered a negative. Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian West or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a fucking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly. Incuriousness has become cool... It's celebrated. It doesn't make sense to me. Hide
(On landing Mad Men (2007)) "If this show had been on any of the major network. I never would have b Show more (On landing Mad Men (2007)) "If this show had been on any of the major network. I never would have been cast, ever, period, done, never, no way. They would want someone like Rob Lowe who's got a proven track record. I would've gotten all the way to the end . . . and then I wouldn't get cast. Hide
I'm always surprised when people are like, 'I want to be just like Don Draper'. You want to be a mis Show more I'm always surprised when people are like, 'I want to be just like Don Draper'. You want to be a miserable drunk? The outside looks great, the inside is rotten. Hide
[on his advice to aspiring actors] I guess I would say, "Don't be afraid to fail." It's not the end Show more [on his advice to aspiring actors] I guess I would say, "Don't be afraid to fail." It's not the end of the world, and in many ways, it's the first step toward learning something and getting better at it. If you live your entire life never having failed at anything, it's got to be a weirdly false existence in so many ways. So I think that-depending upon the age, obviously-that would be my bit of advice. Just don't be afraid to fail. Hide
L.A. represents opportunity. And, as has been proven over and over in the current media landscape, i Show more L.A. represents 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 be on The Bachelor or The Real Housewives or whatever show just wants oversized personalities, ridiculous behavior, and zero dignity.... When you try to learn how to act, you approach it with respect. But if you just want to be famous . . . that's not that much different than porn. 'I'm a movie star!' Well, no, you're not. You're a porn star, and that's completely different. And you know, hey, mazel tov-porn probably built half the houses out here, but you're selling your dignity in a way that I feel I'm not. And once you sell it, it's gone. You ain't getting it back. Hide
I went to a high school where you were encouraged to do a lot of different things, so there wasn't t Show more I went to a high school where you were encouraged to do a lot of different things, so there wasn't this great divide between the jocks and the theater guys, or the smart kids and the stoners, or whatever. It was like everybody was a little bit of everything, and that was encouraged. I was a pretty serious athlete for a long time, and thought maybe that's what I wanted to do with my life, but I was also a diligent student, and really wanted to achieve in that area, too. And theater was kind of a challenge, like, "Oh, maybe I could do that, that looks like fun." So I started doing it a little bit in 11th and 12th grade, and got pretty good feedback, and kept getting cast to do bigger and bigger parts. And I started to think, "Oh, maybe this is something I could do." But I went to college and kind of forgot about it until I was a junior, and I randomly answered an ad in the paper for some production of Midsummer Night's Dream that was coming through. They were casting students as the young lovers, and having an open audition. I remember looking at my roommate and going, "You know what, fuck it, I'm gonna audition for this thing. What's the worst that could happen?" And I did, and I got it. And then the theater department was like, "You should be in the theater department, why are you not? You're good at this." Enough people kept saying, "You know what? You're kind of good at this. Why aren't you doing it for real?" that finally I started listening, and over the next couple of years at school, I ended up getting a theater scholarship, and doing close to 15 plays over two years, and really focusing on it. But at every level, you're constantly reminded that there are other people that do it better than you and have been doing it longer than you. It was a real wakeup call coming to L.A., where it's, "Well, you're not the go-to guy that you were in the University Of Missouri theater department. Now there's 100,000 people ahead of you in line." But for whatever reason, it didn't faze me. I just kept plugging away, and putting one foot in front of the other, and showing up. Hide
[more on reality TV/celebrity culture rewarding stupidity] It's a part of our culture that I certain Show more [more on reality TV/celebrity culture rewarding stupidity] It's a part of our culture that I certainly don't identify with and I don't really understand the appeal of it other than that car-crash sensibility. It's not something that I partake in or enjoy, but it is what it is and here we are. Hide
I have a lady, she's a great lady. I love her a lot, she loves me. We're on the same page. Whenever Show more I have a lady, she's a great lady. I love her a lot, she loves me. We're on the same page. Whenever that day happens when we're not on the same page we'll move forward with it. We're interested in having our lives be our lives right now and not a third person's vis-à-vis marriage and whatever that means. - on his relationship with long-time girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. Hide
(On landing his role in Mad Men (2007)) It was amazing. I read the script, and it was for AMC, and I Show more (On landing his role in Mad Men (2007)) It was amazing. I read the script, and it was for AMC, and I thought, "They've never done anything that's remotely like a TV show, so what's that going to be like?" I read the script for Mad Men (2007) and I loved it. Then, I realized that a guy who wrote for The Sopranos (1999), Matt Weiner, created it, so I thought, "Okay, that's pretty cool". But I never thought they'd cast me-I mean, I thought they'd go with one of the five guys who look like me but are movie stars. Obviously, they didn't. I literally had to go through six or seven auditions. They flew me to New York to meet all the people at AMC. My final audition was at that bar on the roof of the Hotel Gansevoort. When we were riding down on the elevator, the woman in charge of whatever the decision-making process was told me, "You got the job". Hide
[2010, on early big-time auditions that lead nowhere] I had met Steven Spielberg and all these peopl Show more [2010, on early big-time auditions that lead nowhere] I had met Steven Spielberg and all these people that had my eyes just rolling back in my head. The opportunities I almost had! And there's this hideous thing they make you do when you go up for a television show: they make you sign a contract before you walk into the final audition. The last thing they want is for you to have everyone fall in love with you, and then you not have a deal in place. So you sign this thing - and I had no money; I was broke. You're staring at the five-figure pay check you'll get... if... If! A crazy amount of money for someone who has none. So I was thinking: I'll pay my loans off and do this and that and maybe get my car fixed... and, by that time, they're calling you in, you're like: "Shit! I have to do the scene! What the fuck are the lines?" I would get hung up on that stuff and be an utter failure in the room. Hide
[on playing Don Draper in 'Mad Men'] This is the best job I've ever had and maybe will have in my li Show more [on playing Don Draper in 'Mad Men'] This is the best job I've ever had and maybe will have in my life. It's so fun to play all of this. It can be relentlessly dark. I can be terribly sexually inappropriate is a way to say it. But who else gets a chance to do that kind of stuff? There's so much there. Hide
The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot f Show more The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot for a little-known network called AMC, and he was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, a cigarette dangling from my mouth. Our shows hadn't premiered yet. We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context. He was friendly, funny, gregarious, humble and lovely. Over the past five seasons, I've marveled at Bryan's ability to turn 'Breaking Bad's Walter White from a feckless, terrified father and husband into a ruthless, terrifying father, husband and crime lord. The transformation is mesmerizing. The performance is fearless. Bryan is that good. Hide
[on Mad Men (2007)] I think, in many ways that [happiness is] one of the larger themes of the show.. Show more [on Mad Men (2007)] I think, in many ways that [happiness is] one of the larger themes of the show.. and what it takes to achieve that. The central irony is that this is a man who ostensibly works at selling happiness and, yet, he is pretty dissatisfied with his own lot in life. Hide
Whenever people want to talk about how hard it is to be an actor, I want to go, 'Um, it's hard to be Show more Whenever people want to talk about how hard it is to be an actor, I want to go, 'Um, it's hard to be a baby heart-surgeon'. Being an actor is actually pretty easy, if you can memorize lines. Hide
[on teaching acting] I went back to my old high school after I graduated college. I didn't have any Show more [on teaching acting] I went back to my old high school after I graduated college. I didn't have any money. Literally, no money. So I had to find a job, and I started waiting tables a little bit, and I had the idea that I would go back and talk to my old high-school acting teacher. I said, "Hey, man, what do you think of this idea? Would it be helpful if I came back, and taught all the classes you don't want to teach, or that you're too busy to teach? And helped you out? I'm cheap." And he said, "That's a great idea. I'd love the help." And so we together pitched it to the headmaster, and he was like, "Sounds great. It's too late to start this year, why don't you start next year?" So I took a year, I waited tables, and then I taught school for a year, and after that I was 25, I think, and I was ready to try to go. I had a little bit of money saved, and my car sort of ran, so I was like, "You know what, I'm gonna try it before I get any older and I lose any momentum I have." And west I came. Hide
(On the success of Mad Men (2007)) Sean Penn and Meryl Streep are having a conversation, and you're Show more (On the success of Mad Men (2007)) Sean Penn and Meryl Streep are having a conversation, and you're standing next to them, and they stop and turn to you and say, "Oh God, we love your show". Yeah, that wasn't happening with my work in What About Brian (2006). Hide
[2010] It's nice not to have to worry about how you're going to pay your bills. And it's a problem I Show more [2010] It's nice not to have to worry about how you're going to pay your bills. And it's a problem I've had for far longer than I haven't had it. Not worrying about the bills is still very new for me. Hide
I played Winnie the Pooh in first grade. I was an early adopter of standing in front of people and l Show more I played Winnie the Pooh in first grade. I was an early adopter of standing in front of people and looking like an idiot. Hide
Being in an ensemble cast is the best. You're all in the same boat. You're all together. [on being p Show more Being in an ensemble cast is the best. You're all in the same boat. You're all together. [on being part of The Division (2001) cast] Hide
(On acting in high school) I never minded standing up and looking like an idiot, which is tremendous Show more (On acting in high school) I never minded standing up and looking like an idiot, which is tremendously helpful in this industry and not so much in others. Hide
I'm 40, which is ridiculously old in Hollywood. I mean, come on, I'm not in Twilight (2008). I could Show more I'm 40, which is ridiculously old in Hollywood. I mean, come on, I'm not in Twilight (2008). I could play their grandfather or something. Hide
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