Jon Hamm has spoken out about his alcohol addiction for the first time. The Mad Men star recently completed a 30-day stint in rehab, and on Wednesday he publicly addressed his struggle before hitting the red carpet for a Mad Men event.
"Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can," Jon, 44, told Australia's TV Week, just a few hours after news broke that he had recently finished a treatment program.
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Jon Hamm hit the red carpet after publicly addresssing his rehab stay
"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."
Jon is best known for playing Mad Men's Don Draper, a troubled advertising executive with drinking problems of his own. The star was reluctant to draw comparisons between his own life and his fictional character.
The Mad Men star took time to sign autographs for fans
"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 of being a baby heart surgeon. But it does present its own challenges, and so does life."
Just a few hours after making his comments, Jon looked healthy and happy as he arrived in downtown LA to attend the Black & Red Ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to celebrate the final seven episodes of Mad Men.
Jon Hamm recently completed a 30-day stint in rehab
The actor, dapper in a white suit jacket, bow tie and black trousers, took the time to sign autographs for fans and pose for photographs outside the event, which was also attended by co-stars including January Jones, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks.
Mad Men will soon come to an end after seven successful series. Jon has appeared as leading man Don Draper since the show began in July 2007, and the role has brought him repeated Emmy nominations as well as a Best Actor Golden Globe award in 2008.