TV’s Mr Sexy: the naked truth about my hour with Jon Hamm

“Even heterosexual men were swooning” at Bafta’s Mad Men event, says TV editor Alison Graham

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Jon Hamm is so supernaturally handsome I wonder how he can exist in a world with the rest of us. Does he eat in special restaurants reserved for the dazzling? Does he drive a car with features designed to save only the ravishing in an accident?

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Though, as he took to the stage, impeccably suited and shod and a bit stubbly for a Bafta Mad Men event last night, he certainly seemed to be breathing the same air as the unblessed. I didn’t notice an oxygen tank marked “For Use Only by the Exquisitely Beautiful”.

In the flesh, Jon Hamm is so good-looking you want to laugh, then cheer, then perhaps have a little cry as you recite poetry. He makes his closed-down, cruel ad man character, Don Draper, seem plain.

Writing about him, I sound like a 12-year-old gushing to Fabulous 208 magazine about David Cassidy. And hold on, because I am now going to type this sentence: Jon Hamm has grown into his beauty. Yes, I know. But really, you should have seen him. Even heterosexual men were swooning.

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Like all proper stars (see George Clooney), Hamm has an easy charm. He batted away presenter Jo Whiley’s marshmallow questions; no, he couldn’t say anything about season five of Mad Men (starting on Sky Atlantic on 27 March); yes, he has a reputation as a practical joker on the set. Mad Men will end with series seven. At this point, as one, the audience loudly muttered ‘NO!’ And then, with a smile (200 watt, of course) he was gone.