Jon Hamm: ‘I Like Strong Women’

Friday, March 23, 2012

JON Hamm likes strong women!

The Mad Men star — who’s been dating actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt since 1997 — admits he continues to be “inspired” by his girlfriend even after 15 years together.

“She’s a truly inspiring and talented and amazing woman,” he said.

“I have this thing for strong women, you see.”

Jon — who plays Don Draper in 1960s-set Mad Men — admits he may have been “pigeonholed” since taking on the part as he often gets offered similar characters and scripts.

“I get 60 or so scripts about sharp-suited, ad-men in the 60s, sure. But I’m never going to do that again,” he said.

“This is something that very well could have been a pilot, nothing more. The reason I pursued it was that I was fascinated by this character from the pilot and I think I can say that that fascination has resonated for more than a few people.

“I don’t think I’ve necessarily been pigeonholed, but I could have been. I think with the good graces of other people who have helped me, I’ve been able to take on other roles almost diametrically opposed to Don Draper.”

Hamm recently admitted he doesn’t see himself as a sex symbol.

“I don’t necessarily think of myself like the handsome guy. That’s reserved for Brad Pitt and Ryan Reynolds and those guys,” he said.

“But it’s certainly nice when people say nice things about you, don’t get me wrong. I guess I never really thought of myself that way.”