In an interview with Vulture Jon Hamm clarifies that they are mostly herbal cigarettes.
How is smoking herbal cigarettes?
Terrible. They taste like a mixture between pot and soap.
Does anyone on set smoke real ones?
Some people do, but not to the extent that we smoke the fake ones or else we’d all be dead.
Doesn’t it make the set stink? Your clothes, your hair?
Yeah, and I wear contacts and it dries out your eyes and your skin, so it’s a drag, But it looks real and it looks really cool so…
Jon Hamm’s latest interview with Parade Magazine:
Hamm spent much of the 1990s driving to auditions that went nowhere and waiting tables to pay rent.
“I drove around in a Volkswagen Rabbit I shared with one of my roommates, and it didn’t have a roof. It doesn’t rain much in L.A., but when it did, it was utterly miserable.”
It took his breakthrough role as creative director of Mad Men’s fictional ad agency for his success to go supernova.
“I loved the original script, but I thought, ‘Who’s going to watch this kind of show on some random cable channel?'”
People now recognize Hamm in the darnedest places.
“Jen and I were in Italy this year and we were looking at Michelangelo’s sculpture of David when we noticed people staring at us and talking about Mad Men. I thought, ‘People, there’s a great work of art here, and it’s the other way.'”
Hamm is grounded like that.
“Jon doesn’t have an ounce of attitude you sometimes hear about with actors,” says Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner. “He is grateful for everything he’s got. He’s got a great personal life. Plus, he’s just fun to be around.”
Why co-star January Jones, who plays his TV wife, Betty Draper, relies on Jon.
“What we do on the show is so emotionally draining, we look to Jon to keep us all laughing.”
Dealing with the loss of his parents.
“Losing both parents at a young age gave me a sense that you can’t really control life–so you’d better live it while it’s here. I stopped believing in a storybook existence a long time ago. All you can do is push in a direction and see what comes of it.”
Or you can be pushed.
“I got into acting because my teachers kept nudging me into it. The power a teacher has to influence someone is so great. I can’t think of a profession I have more respect for.”
After moving to L.A. in 1995, Hamm went years without finding a solid acting job.
“I’d try out for parts on shows like Dawson’s Creek and people would say, ‘You should go up for the dad part,’ and I’d say, ‘But I’m the same age as the kid!'”
At a party in 1997, he met Westfeldt, best known for co-writing and starring in the 2001 comedy Kissing Jessica Stein. Later he helped her rehearse lines for an audition.
“She didn’t get the part, which may be my fault, but she got the guy.”
Why they’re not in a hurry to get married.
“I don’t have the marriage chip, and neither of us have the greatest examples of marriages in our families. But Jen is the love of my life, and we’ve already been together four times longer than my parents were married.”
Nor is he rushing to have children.
“I like kids but I also like the option to close the door. Becoming a parent is a whole other life, and it doesn’t stop.”
How he and Westfeldt deal with the attention he gets as a sex symbol.
“That kind of stuff is only present if you give it attention. If it’s not reflected back, it goes away. It’s not like I’m Justin Bieber or anything.”
Jennifer is 40, a year older than Hamm, although she hardly looks it. They’ve been together since she was 27 and let’s hope he remains loyal unlike most of Hollywood.