Earlier this week, news broke that “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm recently completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol abuse, just a couple of weeks shy of "Mad Men"’s final season premiere.
Today, the 44-year-old actor diplomatically answered questions about the ordeal in an interview with Australia’s TV Week magazine. As he put it:
"Life throws a lot at you sometimes and you have to deal with it as much as you can. That’s why you have family and friends and co-workers to help you with that. 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.”
Hamm also responded to the suggestion that his role on “Mad Men” — as the troubled, hard-drinking Don Draper — may have had an impact on his life offscreen. “Obviously there can be a lot of discussion about how much of this is related to that and honestly I don’t have much to say about that either,” he said. “I’ve said in varying ways that acting can be a difficult endeavour, certainly not as difficult as the recent example I used [in a recent GQ profile] of being a baby heart surgeon. But, it does present its own challenges and so does life.”
Hamm understandably wants privacy, but TV Line reports he had a "smile of forgiveness" on his face as he took the reporter's questions, saying: "I understand it constitutes news these days. But it’s between me and my family and not something for public consumption.”