Jon Hamm finished playing Don Draper almost a year ago. But because the last season of “Mad Men” was split over two years, he’s still talking about him — and not talking about what happens in the final seven episodes. In New York for a junket, Hamm talked about the grieving process, which scenes or episodes are his favorites (spoiler: he has no favorites) and the difficulty of change.
When last we saw Don: “Don had lost his most important touchstone to reality, which was his job. … When he comes back and is sitting around the office all day and realizes that no one missed him — that’s a pretty terrible feeling to have. Especially when someone like Peggy says it: “I can’t say I missed you.” There’s a lot of “f— you” to that, but there’s some real truth. It was very, very difficult for Don to get through that. And then losing Bert [Cooper] not only affected his power in the office, but was a loss, one in a series of losses in his life of people who believed in him.”
How he’s handling with the show being no more: “You go through the five steps of grief. You whoever invented those was a genius. … It was eight months ago, so there’s a process of leaving, and we call kind of did our own thing. Between then and now people have done movies and plays, moving on with their lives. … But saying goodbye was a real thing. It was very much a process of walking onto a set that I walked onto for eight years and going, ‘Oh s—, it’s gone. When did that happen?’ Those are definitely little reminders that everything ends.”
Don vs. change: “He struggles with a lot of things, and sometimes wants to change but doesn’t want to do the work. Because the work sucks. It hurts. And it dredges up a lot of s— you don’t want to deal with. It has to be uncomfortable and you have to be vulnerable. It’s so much easier to tell someone to go f— themselves, or to drink it away, or have sex with a cocktail waitress — whatever it is. Those aren’t healthy.”