Jon Hamm's Career Low? Working as a Set Dresser for Soft-Core Porn Movies

05/06/2014 at 07:40 PM EDT

Jon Hamm Recalls Job as Set Dresser for Soft-Core Porn Movies
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Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm did not find success in Hollywood quickly or easily.

He waited tables for years, got dropped by his first agent and took any job in Hollywood he could find – including some truly odd ones.

"I was actually at that time working as a set dresser for Cinemax soft-core-porn movies," he tells Vanity Fair in its June cover story. "It was soul-crushing."

The revelation comes on the heels of vintage footage of Hamm that recently surfaced of his early days in Hollywood. In it, the young actor appears as a contestant on The Big Date, a dating game show where he promised the bachelorette "an evening of total fabulosity" – but which he did not win. (The bachelorette in question, Mary, is surely kicking herself nowadays.)



It's a far cry from the Million Dollar Arm star's runaway fame these days playing the dashing Don Draper on Mad Men, but Hamm's less than glamorous past seems to allow him to appreciate his present success.
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Jon Hamm on the cover of Vanity Fair

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"This is the best job I've ever had and maybe ever will have in my life – it's so fun to play all of this," he says. "It can be relentlessly dark. It can be terribly sexually inappropriate, is a way to say it. But who else gets a chance to do any of that stuff? There's so much there."



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