Jon Hamm Was a Human Jungle Gym as a Daycare Teacher

I just learned somethingjust now about you that I did not know.

That's probably the mostterrifying introduction ever said on televisionthat anyone can say.

Well– What's that? I wish it was morecontroversial.

But your first actingjob was on Ally McBeal.

That is true.

Was that when my wife was on? I believe it was.

Yeah, do you remembermeeting Portia? I think I met we met in passing.


Yeah, oh, man, that hair.

[LAUGHTER] I think Rob Lowe said oncethat being a successful actor is nothing more thanwatching yourself have a series of bad haircuts.


Well, in the '80s especially.

I didn't have aname on that show.

My character didn't have a name.

But I was cast as"handsome guy at bar.

" Wow.

Well, that's flattering– I guess.

–that you're"handsome guy at bar.

" Yeah.

So did you have a speaking part? I certainly did not.

No? No.

I was to stand thereand be looked at.

Handsome guy, oh, gorgeous guy.

Gorgeous guy, sorry.

I was downplaying it.

Yeah, you're being humble.

It's "gorgeous guy at bar.

" [LAUGHTER] "Gorgeous guy at bar.

" G-G-A-B.

Yep, and now you're agorgeous guy sitting here on a talk showwith a big career.

Well– Yeah.

[CHEERING] Everything starts with one step,and that was the first one.

That was a good first step.

What did you do after that? Do you remember? After I'd left set? Yes.

Yeah, you went home.

Waited for two weeks to getmy paycheck for no dollars.

And no, I took it in stride.

Did you get another job? I did.

I eventually got ajob, and I eventually got to talk infront of a camera.

And then I eventuallygot to talk more and in repeated episodes.

So it was– again,moving from St.

Louis to LA is jumping into avery deep, very scary pool.


And it's difficult.

But it's exciting.

Yeah, it is.

When you're that age, it's fun.

But it's so weird.

When you think back onauditioning, and it really was.

How many gorgeous guys showed upto be gorgeous guy at the bar? I was literallypicked out of a line of people, where the guywas walking down the line and was like, eh, you.


I was like, well, Icertainly feel special.


[LAUGHTER] No talent whatsoever.

Nothing there at allother than be seventh.

You were seventh in line.


No, but it really is.

When you think back about allthose auditions that you do, and that you're just sittingin a room with people that look similar to you.

That look kind of like youand have way more credits.


And way more sortof something or not.

Or that's the thing.

That's the weirdestthing about acting is you can do everything rightand still not get the job.

You can do everything.

I did the best I could.

I really tried.

I really put allmy effort into it.

And we're were like, no, thanks.

Yeah, I know.

I think about people on Broadwaythat sing and dance and act and do all these things.

And then you havesomebody just that gets lucky and gets on a TV showthat runs forever, you know? Thank you very much.

[LAUGHTER] I will take thatas a compliment.

Somebody like you.

Somebody like you.

Yeah, that's not what I meant.

You know what I mean.

What are you doing this summer? Do you have vacation plans? I have been working so– this whole first half ofthe year, well, what is it? It's first half of theyear I was working nonstop.

And so I finally thelast couple of weeks was like, OK, weneed to take a break.

So I'm going to go.

My friend suggested avery adventurous idea that I was a little skepticalabout but eventually was like, all right, let's do it.

We're going whitewaterrafting, which I've never done, and I hope I survive.

Where? Somewhere in Oregonwhere they have steep rivers and whitewater.


You've never done it before? No.

How many people in the boat? I don't know.

Me, my friend, andI'm hoping a guide.

A guide, yes.

Or more people because I– It's really dangerous.

–don't want to be theonly person paddling.

I think that soundslike a terrible idea.

No, it's really dangerous.

Well, it can be, but it's fun.

And it's exhilarating,and you're outdoors, and I've never been to Oregon.

It seems like a fun thing todo, which is usually, again, what people say untilthey get a major injury.


But now, will yourehearse the raft? I don't think we haverafting rehearsals.

No? No? No, we're going in cold.

You're just going to get ina raft and go down a river.

I'm sure there willbe a tutorial of sorts where they're like, if thishappens, maybe do this.


And I'm really hoping there'sa life jacket involved.

But other than that, no, Ithink it's just kind of paddle and don't fall out.

And then, well, you don't haveto paddle, because it's rapids.

You just go down.

You have to steer.

I think it stabilizesyou in some way.

Yeah, and are you going to camp? Are you in a tent? There's a whole– Yeah,it's a three day deal.

We're doing it up.

There's a camping element.

I believe there's amountain biking element.

I don't know why.

This does not soundlike a vacation.


Which is what it wasmeant to sound like.

This sounds like work.

Where do the bikes come from? You're going to bringthem on the raft? I think other peopleare in charge of those.


I think those come on a van.

Have you ever camped before? Yes.

OK, so you have been camping? Yes.

And you like that? I like it.

Yeah, I grew up in Missouri.

That was kind of a thing.

First of all, it'srelatively free.

You just need to find someonewith a tent and some matches.

Not to light the tent on fire,hopefully to start a fire.


But yeah, so I spend alot of time outdoors, and I really like it.

It's part of why Iloved moving to LA, because being outside is sucha nice part of living here.

Yeah, well, that sounds fun.

When are you doing this, soon? Soon, yeah.

So keep your eyes and earspeeled toward the news.

See if anythinghorrible happens.

See if anything happens to you.

And you also taughtpreschool for a short time.

This is before you moved here? When I was In college, I hada very weird kind of existence in college, becausemost of my friends were waiters orbartenders or stuff.

But I was in thetheater program, so I had rehearsals every night.

So I couldn't work at night,and I had class during the day.

So I had a weird kind ofmiddle of the day opening for which to work.

And I grew up with a single mom,and I was always in daycare, after school programs,all that kind of stuff.

And there were never any guys.

It was pretty much afemale-dominated profession.

And so I went to thewoman who ran this place.

It was called Kids Depot.

It had a little redtrain out in front of it in Columbia, Missouri.

And I told her that,and I said, it's nice to have tohave a guy around.

It might be nice for your kids.

And I had long hair, andI was an acting student.

And she was like, this is goingto be a terrible decision, but I'm going to hire you.

And I ended up workingthere for three years.

As a preschool teacher? As a daycare teacher, basically.

Wow, three years? So I was essentiallylike a human jungle gym, basically, because I'm agiant to a five-year-old.

Sure, you're a giant to me.

[LAUGHTER] And then I had to do artprojects and cooking stuff.

That's sweet.

It was really fun.

And it was also kind oflike being around kids is so energizing.

Yeah, or draining.

So coming from class– Or draining, one of the two.

But I found it energizing.

I found a lot of thingsenergizing when I was in my 20s that I now findcompletely draining.

But the idea wasthat you're getting as much as you're giving out.

And coming fromsomebody like me who had such a history withbeing in programs like this, it was like it felt funto give back in some way.

That's so sweet.

I love that you did that.

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