Jon Hamm Discusses Rehab, Fatherhood, and Police Violence

Jon Hamm is taking his time to recalibrate before taking his next career steps beyond the role of Don Draper.

Hamm speaks exclusively with MR PORTER’s The Journal about how his personal style and his life have evolved since obtaining significant fame on AMC’s Mad Men. “It is not easy having immediate and huge-scale fame thrust upon you,” says Hamm. “I’m a pretty shy person. I like talking to people one-on-one, but I do not like people taking pictures of me with 400mm lenses across the street. It’s mystifying to me why we give that any time in our culture.”

Hamm, who checked into rehab in 2015 to treat alcoholism, advocates for therapy and finds it “very helpful.”

“It has all these connotations, it’s just an extended period of talking about yourself,” Hamm says of rehab. “People go for all sorts of reasons, not all of which are chemically related. But there’s something to be said for pulling yourself out of the grind for a period of time and concentrating on recalibrating the system. And it works. It’s great.”

As for whether Hamm sees fatherhood in his future, the actor says that having children is a possibility and will rely on fate to make the decision for him.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily an imperative,” he says of becoming a parent. “I’m not going to psychoanalyze myself here, but… well, never say never. I’ve got nieces and nephews and I’ve been a teacher. I’ve probably been around kids a lot more than all my friends. I feel if you shut that off entirely you calcify. You turn into that guy.”

As a St. Louis native, Hamm also offers his perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Police violence is such a difficult thing to comprehend. If you sat me next to a black person who had also grown up in St Louis, simply by the nature of the color of our skin, we’re going to have completely different experiences,” he says. “It’s so difficult for people to grasp as it just rams up against our ideas of fairness and authority. The more and more shit that comes out like this, it’s harder and harder for people to dismiss.”

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