Jon Hamm has already admitted he got teary while filming the final episode of Mad Men, so it’s only natural the actor might hope to find comfort in the advice of someone who’d been through a similar experience.
Unfortunately for Hamm, a fellow AMC veteran gave crystal-clear advice that the path ahead could be rocky.
The actor, 44, reveals in the April issue of GQ (on newsstands March 31) that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was blunt with his advice: “It’s hard, man. It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.”
Hamm admits that he’s unsure how his career will fare once he’s out from under the long shadow of Don Draper.
“The one constant thing I’ve had in my career is now removed,” he tells the magazine. “And that’s an eye-opener: Are people still going to take me seriously? Am I just going to do romantic comedies for the rest of my life? What’s next? And I don’t know, you know? I wish I was smug enough to have had a grand plan.”
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For her part, Hamm’s longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt seems pretty happy that he is on the verge of releasing the demons of playing his star-making character.
She tells the magazine: “I think the darkness of Don has weighed heavily on Jon, despite it being the role of a lifetime and the opportunity that gave him the career of his dreams.”
Luckily for Westfeldt, 45, Hamm’s current lineup of projects is anything but dark – he can currently be seen as a comic cult leader on Netflix’s Tina Fey-produced comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and he’ll continue on with the streaming network in July’s Wet Hot American Summer follow-up. On the big screen, he’s voicing the villainous Herb Overkill in the Despicable Me spin-off, Minions.
Okay, maybe there’s a little darkness there after all. Don Draper wouldn’t have it any other way.
Mad Men begins the final stretch of its seventh season April 5 on AMC.