In an alternate reality, audiences may have associated Jon Hamm with the sunny beaches of California instead of the massive skyscrapers of New York. When discussing how he (hypothetically) could have auditioned for the part of Rufus Humphrey on Gossip Girl had he not already been cast as Don Draper, Hamm also revealed how he once attempted to play a dad on a different hit 2000s show: namely, Sandy Cohen on The O.C.
Hamm talked about the audition process and how he knew he didn’t have a shot at the role when Peter Gallagher walked in (and ultimately landed the part). As he describes it, “I was probably 31 or 32 […] I remember walking in and going, ‘Is that Peter Gallagher? Why am I here?‘ I love Peter Gallagher, but I was just like, ‘Dang!'” Apparently, Hamm didn’t always have luck landing whatever role he wanted, back then, as he goes on to talk about often falling through the cracks when he initially started trying to become an actor, saying, “I never looked young enough to be in high school […] I missed out on all of the Dawson’s Creek and all the early WB shows. So then they were like, ‘Come play one of the dads,’ but I wasn’t old enough to be that, either. I had to wait around a long time.”
Hamm’s story is a great lesson in perseverance and how, sometimes, you just have to wait for the right opportunity at the right time. We’re guessing Hamm isn’t at all salty about losing out on The O.C. gig, seeing as how he’s done exceptionally well for himself.
His next big project, Top Gun: Maverick, is set to be released on July 2, 2021.