"It has all these connotations, but it's just an extended period of talking about yourself," said Hamm, who sought treatment for alcohol addiction last year


Jon Hamm is getting candid.

The Mad Men star, who admitted himself into a 30-day treatment facility for alcohol addiction in February 2015, recently opened up about the experience to Mr. Porter’s The Journal.

“It has all these connotations, but it’s just an extended period of talking about yourself,” he said. “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.”

Hamm, 45, also revealed he undergoes weekly therapy sessions.

“I find it very helpful,” he said, quipping: “I know the English are a lot more skeptical about it than Americans are, but maybe after Brexit, you’ll change your minds.”

Hamm was 20 when his father died and he admits that’s what initially persuaded him to seek therapy.

“After I’d lost my dad, I had this horrible [paralyzing] inertia — and no one in my family was capable of dealing with it,” he said. “So what do you do? Go and see a professional. I preach it from the mountaintops. I know it’s a luxury and it’s not something everyone can afford. But if you can, do it. It’s like a mental gym.”

The actor was also open about his struggle dealing with sudden stardom.

“It is not easy having immediate and huge-scale fame thrust upon you. I’m a pretty shy person,” he confessed. “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.”

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One thing Hamm didn’t touch on was his love life — or his September 2015 split from longtime girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt.

“It’s very personal and specific and I think people tend to draw their own conclusions about that anyway,” he explained.

As for whether he sees himself settling down and having kids one day?

“I don’t know. I don’t think it’s necessarily an imperative,” he said. “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.”