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Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt, Emmy Awards, quality television-meets- major pop culture happening is concerned, and then who Jon. How did you and Jennifer meet? We were both involved with other people when we met, so there was no immediate explosion. It was more of a. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt announced their breakup on Monday, bringing to an end one of the longest-running relationships in.
As the fates would have it, no one else was around, so Hamm it had to be.
Westfeldt drove over to the apartment he was sharing with four other guys in the Silver Lake district of LA then an edgy suburb, now the place to be, and where they have their home.
I was having visions of The Bonfire of the Vanitie s. But when I got there, Jon was so sweet and he worked on these lines with me. I was like, 'God, this guy is so talented The arrival of Mad Men changed all that.Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeld Interview
There are so few scripts you get excited about. I remember him coming in and reading the big pitch Don makes about the meaning of happiness.
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And I had two thoughts. It came on the heels of not getting a lot of jobs and he was really down about it. Mad Men allowed them to stay.
Even to get into the audition process, Hamm had to sign a contract that committed him to the show for seven years, for better or worse. Westfeldt never signed anything but she has inevitably become a joint partner in the enterprise to some degree. The trip to London that took in our interview on Thursday is part of the first holiday they have managed in two or three years. You are doing 13 episodes a year and you sign up for seven series.
It's a lot of work. You have six weeks off maybe. He has managed to do some films in that time, including this one That he is really this goofball. And that he is in this long relationship. That is, I guess, why people come up and say all sorts of wildly inappropriate things to him, and me, which don't bear repeating. I mean, it happens a lot.
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And the thing is we never know what to do. It never gets any less weird. The memorable opening of Bridesmaids, in which he seeks sexual compatibility with the brilliant Kristen Wiig, was part of that escape strategy.
The emotionally exposed character Westfeldt has him play in Friends with Kids also opposite the Saturday Night Live star Wiig shows another side.
Did she enjoy being in control? It was mostly just all of us trying to keep the boat from sinking. The cameraman's can't feel his fingers! The crew is stuck in New Jersey! The kid is melting down! I kept reading scripts where I would think: We had a situation at Sundance this year where there were six independent films written, starring and directed by women; Ava DuVernay won best director. Then there are people like Julie Delpy, Miranda July doing fantastic things And you have to show up for other women, that's been nice to see.
There have always been so few good jobs for women in film. It's as if once they are in, they just want to protect their position. I have never had a female mentor in Hollywood, I've never seen much camaraderie among women, but that is starting to change.
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Until this year, that is. In fact, once Hamm went public or as public as was necessary to come clean but keep the press off his back with his issues, it didn't take long for speculation to start that their relationship wasn't long for this world. But let's back up a bit, or 18 years Surprising celebrity splits First off, Hamm and Westfeldt had the benefit of flying pretty much entirely under the radar for their first decade together.
Seriously, Hamm won his only Golden Globe induring the Writers' Guild strike, so the ceremony was just a sad half-hour reading of a winners list. We're on the same page. Whenever that day happens when we're not on the same page, we'll move forward with it.
We're interested in having our lives be our lives right now and not a third person's vis-a-vis marriage and whatever that means.
It wasn't even for a year or so that "Hey, guess what? The relentlessly handsome actor told The Guardian in"I don't necessarily want kids. A lot of our friends are having children and I don't know if it's for me. I haven't come down hardcore on either side of the argument.
I think when people come from a stable family having children becomes a celebration and I'm not sure it would be that way for me. He and Westfeldt had just marked 10 years together and "had a blast" celebrating in Mexico, he also told the U. We live and we work it out together.
I have a great house and a great dog. But Jen is the love of my life, and we've already been together four times longer than my parents were married. Becoming a parent is a whole other life, and it doesn't stop," he said. Talking about the film with Vulture in SeptemberWestfeldt was of course asked if she and Hamm had any plans for kids in real life.
We've been working on separate coasts a lot. I was doing a play; Jon was doing Mad Men. I think you have to be ready to be in one place if you're going to embark on that. We'll see what the future brings. I never thought I'd be this age and not have kids," the thenyear-old filmmaker-actress said.
And we have a pretty great life together.