Jon Hamm might seem to have a dream job playing Don Draper on the hit show Mad Men. But after eight years devoted to putting himself into the intense role, Jon now admits that he actually experienced a real loss when he realized that his almost decade-long Don Draper dream was coming to an end, reported ABC News.
So what’s it like to say farewell to his alter ego? Just like death, says Hamm.
“It’s a loss. You go through the five steps of grief and whoever invented those, was a genius. It’s so true. You can write them down and that’s how you do it. Whatever it is –- anger, bargaining, acceptance and all the other things, that’s kind of how, for me, it was.”
The Mad Men cast members have bonded, added Jon. Even when they are separated and then come together again, that friendship remains.
“It was eight months ago in July, and so there was a process and we all kind of did our own thing. Between then and now, people have done movies and plays, and moving on with their lives,” reflected Hamm. “Then we do this, and it’s kind of a nice revisiting with a little time under your belt.”
But to those who think that ending a show has no resemblance to real life, Jon firmly disagrees.
“Saying goodbye was a real thing. It was very much a process of walking into a set I’ve walked into for eight years and you go, ‘Oh s***, its’ gone. The whole office is gone.'”
Jon’s reference to the five steps of grief comes from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and her book On Death and Dying, which refers to the five stages of grief, according to Psych Central.
Kubler-Ross detailed the five stages of grief and mourning that typically occur after a loss such as death or the end of a close relationship. Those stages include denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
However, although Hamm is willing to be open about his feelings regarding Mad Men, he’s less comfortable about the discovery that his stay in a rehab center for alcohol addiction has become public knowledge, reported TV Guide.
After completing 30 days at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut last month, Jon expressed appreciation for the support of his family and a request for privacy.
“I understand it constitutes news these days, but it’s between me and my family and not something for public consumption. I’ve been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period. I’ve had a lot of family and friends support me. I guess that’s all I will say about that.”
In contrast to Hamm, Scott Disick has been open about his decision to go to rehab for alcohol addiction, as the Inquisitr reported. Thus far, Scott has spent one week at a Costa Rica rehab, after which he left because he said he had an appearance scheduled.
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