Jon Hamm on having kids, awkward sex scenes and his worst job
Jon Hamm can pull-off the suave Don Draper on "Mad Men," but the actor told Playboy magazine that acting has its share of awkwardness, especially during love scenes.
"It's like running in the rain. There's a certain point when you go, '[Expletive] it, I'm already wet. I'm not going to get any less wet, so I might as well just enjoy how this feels,'" told Playboy magazine for their April 2012 issue. "I mean, sure, there's awkwardness about being in a weird flesh-colored thong, bouncing on top of an actress."
Hamm addressed his particularly humorous love-making scene with Kristen Wiig in "Bridesmaids." The pair also portrays a couple in their new film, "Friends with Kids."
"I am not a small human being. I weigh at least 200 pounds and I'm six-foot-two. And Wiig is a twig; she's a skinny little thing.'" Hamm continued. "It's weird and uncomfortable at first, but then all the awkwardness melts away and you think, All right, we're doing this, so let's have fun with it. You know what I mean? You're in that moment and its happening and it's not going to get any better, so you might as well enjoy it."
The 41-year-old actor, who plays suave ad executive Don Draper on the AMC show "Mad Men," warned fans of the series, "The minute you start modeling your love life - any part of your life, actually - after Don Draper, I think you're in trouble."
Hamm, a 1993 graduate of the University of Missouri, earned four Emmy nominations for his role on "Mad Men" and two for a guest part on "30 Rock."
"All I care about is working with people I enjoy being around. I've been fortunate in that I have not worked with many douche bags," Hamm quipped. "And this industry is populated by a lot of narcissistic, mean-spirited, horrible people who get rewarded for being narcissistic, mean-spirited and horrible. Thus far I've been able to keep my exposure to that crowd to a minimum."
Hamm arrived in Los Angeles in the mid 1990s with $150 and a 1985 Toyota Corolla. The actor gave himself a five year limit to make it in Hollywood, planning to return home if he wasn't surviving on acting jobs by age 30. Three years later, he had quit waiting tables and was working regularly. Hamm acknowledged that it was difficult leaving his job as a waiter, which was his longest profession. He also noted that it was far from his worst job.
"I did set dressing on some soft-core porn films," Hamm said. "That was hands down the worst. I was working on the crew from seven to seven, and it was horribly depressing...I'm sure there are more terrible day jobs in L.A., but it's definitely on the lower end of the spectrum of the wonder of moviemaking. It wasn't even that much money, but it was money."
Hamm admitted to being a bit of a softy when it comes to tear-jerkers, telling the men's magazine, "I cried at 'Marley & Me.' Not just teared up a little but full-on cried. That was a [expletive] nightmare. Dead-dog stories always get me. And dead-mom stories - 'Terms of Endearment,' stuff like that. If a parent dies in a movie, I'm a [expletive] wreck."
The latter situation is close to home for the actor, whose mom died of advanced abdominal cancer when he was 10 years old. His father passed away 10 years later, when he was in college at the University of Missouri.
Hamm can currently be seen in "Friends with Kids," which 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.
When asked whether he planned on starting a family with Westfeldt, Hamm seemed unsure, telling Playboy, "We've seen enough of our friends, who shall obviously remain nameless, become parents, and sometimes it's hard not to think they shouldn't have had kids... I don't have a driving force to have a baby. That said, I'm in a committed relationship, and if it ever came up, I'm not ruling anything out. There's a reason it hasn't been prioritized, because I don't think either of us has that pull. I don't know; it could happen tomorrow. I have no clue."
Hamm recently made headlines after calling Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton idiots. He later claimed that the comments were not meant to be personal.
"Mad Men" is set to return for a fifth season on the cable channel AMC on March 25. "Friends With Kids" hit theaters last Friday, watch a trailer below.