Jon Hamm has opened up to Rolling Stone magazine about the inspiration for his character, Don Draper – namely his sad childhood and his difficult father.
When he was two years old, his parents divorced. Then when he was 10, his mother passed away. “My dad was a businessman in the Sixties, and he had a million suits, and he drank at lunch and smoked too much,” he said to the magazine. “He was That Guy. So when I’m playing Don, I know how to become that, from the very assured way I walk to the way I speak to people”
But the actor has nothing to be sad about these days. He was just nominated for two Emmys – the only thespian this year to garner separate nominations for both comedy and drama.
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