Jon Hamm: Not ‘Sexy Enough’ to be Don Draper?

'Mad Men' (AMC)

By Kimberly Potts

LOS ANGELES ( – “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm had to audition seven times to nab the career-making role of suave adman Don Draper, because a network executive worried he wasn’t “sexy enough,” series creator Matt Weiner reveals during the May 14 episode of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio.”

Seven “Mad Men” cast members – Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jared Harris and Kiernan Shipka – plus Weiner sat down for a chat with “Actors Studio” host James Lipton, who shared a few tidbits from the upcoming episode in his blog at

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Lipton, who says he happily watched every episode of the Emmy-winning AMC drama in preparation for the cast interview, says, for instance, that Kartheiser says he and his character, Pete Campbell, are creepy.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old scene stealer Shipka, who plays Don’s daughter Sally, waited in a dressing room with her mom while the cast discussed with Lipton the show’s more risqué topics, and when she did finally join her castmates on stage – at midnight – she wowed the audience with a performance of her ballet skills, Lipton shares.

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