First Look

Jon Hamm

Our May cover star is not the man you think he is.

The square-jawed star of Mad Men has become a men’s style icon by default and the embodiment of retro masculinity by mistake. Not that Jon Hamm’s American story is any less compelling than that of the man he plays on TV. Just that he’s a much nicer guy in real life.

He didn't even rate Mad Men when he got the script through. "I remember picking it up. Mad Men: sh**** title. AMC: network no-one’s ever heard of. Two strikes. Then I read it. I said to her (girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt), 'This is the best pilot I’ve ever read in my life.'"

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As for the whole Don Draper phenomenon, the man himself is not impressed.

"There is no Don Draper," he says. "Don Draper was blown up in a ditch in Korea. That whole ‘Be Don Draper’ thing, I feel it’s… sad. This is a fundamentally fucked up human being."

So he's not the type to mope broodily on his own in dingy bars, staring into empty whisky glasses.

'There’s a lot of talk about, "Oooh, you’re so sexy!’"If people put that mantle on you, fine, but you take it with a wink and a pinch of salt.

'At 41 I’m like, give me a break, man, I’m no Ryan Gosling. And that’s fine. I don’t aspire to be that. That’s not my jam.'

Read the full interview and see the full shoot by Peggy Sirota in our May issue, out today.

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