updated 03/19/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/19/2012 AT 11:50 AM ET
People swoon over Jon Hamm. And that leaves him a little perplexed.
Not that he’s complaining.
“It’s certainly nice when people say nice things about you, don’t get me wrong,” he says. “I guess I never really thought of myself that way. I just wanted to be a regular person and try to portray parts as varied as I could.”
The Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee – four times for Mad Men, twice for guest roles on 30 Rock – also reflects on the whirlwind of fame that’s engulfed him since Mad Men premiered in 2007.
“It’s a weird experience to go through something like this, especially when it happens so fast,” he says. “I live a pretty stable life. I mean, I have a relationship [with girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt] and a house and a dog. And it’s kind of like, well, now we are living a life that has this weirdness in it. It is a strange shift.”
The one bittersweet part of Hamm’s story is that his parents didn’t get to see his breakthrough. Both his mother and father died by the time Hamm graduated from college.
“I wish I could share this success with my mother and father,” he says. “I think they’d be incredibly proud. I’d be happy to have them around to see it and to be proud. But it wasn’t in the cards.”