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Jon Hamm on Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian: stupidity is celebrated

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03/09/2012 by Olivia Allin

Jon Hamm has admitted that he doesn't understand why reality stars like Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian are idealized.

"Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated," Hamm told Elle UK magazine for their April issue, according to the UK's Daily Mail. "Being a [expletive] idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."

Hamm also told the fashion magazine that he didn't understand why skinny blonde women have become the standard of beauty when curvy women, like his "Mad Men" co-star Christina Hendricks far more beautiful.

As for his own looks, the actor remained humble, telling the magazine, "I don't even consider myself handsome... When I look in the mirror I see my goofy-assed self from when I was a kid."

The 40-year-old actor currently appears in the comedy "Friends with Kids" and is gearing up for the return of "Mad Men," which has been nominated for 68 Emmys and won 13 awards.

Earlier this year, creator Matthew Weiner struck a $30 million deal with AMC to renew "Mad Men" for at least two more seasons, following lengthy negotiations that helped delay the start date of the upcoming fifth season to March 2012. AMC said "Mad Men" could end after season 7. Hamm himself signed a new 3-year contract to continue to play Draper on the show.

Since the debut of "Mad Men" in 2007, Hamm had been nominated for an Emmy for his role every year except 2006. He was also nominated for two Emmys for his recurring part of Dr. Drew Baird on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock." In 2008, he took home a Golden Globe Award for his role on "Mad Men."

Hamm moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Los Angeles when he was 24. He scored small parts in films and worked as a waiter, bartender and once, as a set dresser on a soft-core pornographic film, to try to pay his bills and make his rent.

Hamm starred in the 2010 film "The Town" and also appeared in the 2011 action movie "Sucker Punch." Also that year, he played an insensitive boyfriend to Kristen Wiig's character in the film "Bridesmaids." The "Saturday Night Live" actress and fellow film co-star Melissa McCarthy of the show "Mike & Molly" also received Emmy nods this year.

"Friends with Kids" was written, directed and produced by Jennifer Westfeldt, who also wrote and starred in "Kissing Jessica Stein." Westfeldt and Hamm have been in a relationship for 14 years and share homes in New York and the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

The film depicts the lives of an American couple, Jason and Julie, played by Adam Scott and Westfeldt, who decide to have a baby together but maintain a platonic relationship.

Supporting characters include couple Ben and Missy, played by Hamm and Kristen Wiig who went from lust to dislike, and Leslie and Alex, portrayed by the pair's fellow "Bridesmaids" co-star Maya Rudolph and actor Chris O'Dowd love each other but rarely have sex. Megan Fox portrays a woman named Mary Jane, a potential love interest for Jason.

Watch the trailer for "Friends with Kids" below.

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