In lauding Mad Men’s Golden Globe wins, TV Junkie dug up a wonderful interview with Jon Hamm from back in July. Hamm continues to impress me with his articulate insight; I loved listening to him last week, he has quite a way with words.
“My mother — it sounds very Dickensian and romantic — but my mother’s dying wish was that I go to this particular private school, John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo., because friends had gone there. I have to say it was the single most profound, resonating decision ever made in my life. It wasn’t made by me, but it’s what every mother should want for her child.”
Hamm did finish college with a major in English. “By the time I graduated college, I managed to talk them into giving me a theater scholarship and then into hiring me to do plays … I went back to my old high school and said, ‘You’re the reason I am the person I am today and I would like to inspire other people in the way this place has inspired me.’ They thought it was a good idea, and I went back and taught school there for a year under the person who had taught me acting.”
Read the whole thing.