Jon Hamm says ‘Mad Men’ isn’t sexist, “It’s the rise of women in the work place”

Jon Hamm has an interview in the March issue of Esquire Magazine. Alas, he’s not the cover boy – the cover belongs to Kate Upton. As I’ve said, I like Kate. But how do you NOT give the cover to The Hamm? I guess Kate’s rack was better (for real?). So instead of being able to use some Hamm-Dong-y photo shoot, I’m using these photos of The Hamm from a Mad Men photo call in London yesterday. The Hamm looks GOOD in that suit. Anyway, The Hamm’s Esquire interview isn’t anything groundbreaking – you can read the whole piece here. For much of the piece, Hamm and the interviewer are playing golf, and it’s written in that too-chummy, too-insider-y way that Esquire’s celebrity journalists fall into too often. Here are some highlights:

On his voice work for Mercedes: “I’m happy to be working with a company like this, where all they care about is excellence. I’m a company guy. Good company, too.”

What he has in common with Don Draper: “I think the sort of ‘misplaced childhood’ sense is probably the only thing about ‘Don Draper’ that I do have in common. I can’t really delve too deeply into the psychoanalysis of it, as I would be underqualified and oversharing, but I suppose that sensibility resonated at some point during the audition process, and may lend the character or my portrayal thereof some deeper meaning. Wholly unconsciously on my part.”

[From Esquire]

Yeah. That was it. Those were the only usable, interesting quotes from the entire piece. I sh-t you not. Look, I read a lot of fashion magazines, and those celebrity profiles have their faults, definitely. But at least the interviewers actually, you know, ASK the celebrity some questions and get some usable quotes. Luckily for me, someone did ask The Hamm some good questions, and he answered with his usual manly feminism. I love that he represents the sisters. I really do.

ACTOR Jon Hamm has hit back at claims Mad Men treats women as sex objects. The actor, who plays ladies’ man Don Draper in the hit US series, insisted the show isn’t sexist.

He said: “This is the very beginning of the rise of women in the work place. On the surface it seems as though the female characters are secondary or oppressed in some way. But in reality we are seeing the beginning of how they are breaking through the ceiling.”

Series five …took more than 18 months to complete due to contract issues.

Jon said: “It was frustrating but understandable. There were a lot of factors at work that were totally out of our control. But it was completely worth the wait.

[From The Sun]

You hear that ladies? The Hamm is giving us a lesson in the history of women in the workplace. Represent!

Oh, and The Hamm was at the BAFTAs, remember? Well, his interview with Miss Piggy on the BAFTA red carpet was… memorable. And yes, there’s some Fassbender in this video. Truly. I think Fassy was up for Miss Piggy’s sweetshop.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. maryoomba says:


  2. Jackie says:

    i’m a middle aged woman and i still LOVE miss piggy. she is too funny.

    hamm always seems kinda vapid to me…but that face makes up for it.

  3. Samanthalous says:

    That voice can make me commit murder!

  4. Me says:

    He’s right. And hot. When he doesnt smile. I like that stern face he does on the show much better.

    • MJ says:

      I agree! When the real Dick Whitman first showed up on the show, I remember thinking that he wasn’t as hot as brooding, conflicted Don Draper. Turns out Jon Hamm is more of a Dick than a Don in real life, which is probably for the best… he just isn’t as sexy when he releases all of that tension in his brow.

  5. Call Me Al says:

    Both are completely sexy! Very cute with Miss Piggy.

  6. horizonte says:

    I loved how he said that in analyzing the parallels between him and Don he would be “underqualified and oversharing”. And I think calling Mad Men “sexist” would be like calling The Help “racist”. They both try to be portraits of the time (although The Help is very clear in its message against racism, whilst Mad Men doesn’t necessarily have a message?).

  7. Zelda says:

    Softball questions is an understatement. Has anyone EVER said that Mad Men is sexist? That’s like saying The Help is racist because it portrays black people as second place citizens. It’s the point.

    There are no “critics” who say that Mad Men is sexist. The reporter was just handing him questions that are easy to answer.

  8. normades says:

    I don’t think I could keep a straight face if Miss Piggy was interviewing me. They all look like they’re trying really hard not to laugh.

  9. ella says:

    The 60s WERE sexist. The show is just portraying that.

    I think Mad Men is one of the few shows on American TV where female actors have interesting and complex characters to play.

  10. Talie says:

    OMG, the writer of that Esquire article should be fired! What an odd piece…is he a failed novelist?

  11. JudyJudyJudy says:

    He is right about the show. It is showing what it was like to live in a world ruled by the whims of white hetero (or at least actng s hetero) men.

  12. T.C. says:

    Love me some Hamm. I don’t think the bad Esquire interview is his fault, he gives good interviews if you ask him good questions. He is right that Mad Men is just showing what really happened back then and we will see the sisters rise soon enough.

  13. nobodystan says:

    I could stare at that man all day. I get so tired of Hollywood men who are waxed, primped and plucked to within an inch of their lives. Hamm just always looks so manly to me. Yum!

  14. bettyrose says:

    At some point, the female characters really took over the show. I don’t know if that was the original intent, but Peggy & Joan are brilliantly written characters that really get to the heart of every professional woman’s struggle: play hardball like Peggy or work your wiles to your advantage like Joan? Even Betty’s sort of irrelevant plot line has taken hold.

    Edited to add: Gawd I’ve missed that show!

  15. kimberly says:

    he’s totally right and I love his cheeks when he smiles