By: Philip Caulfield
Original Source: www.nydailynews.com
Jon Hamm sounded a resigned and thankful note in his first public comments about his recent stint in rehab.
“Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can,” Hamm told Australia’s TV Week Wednesday. “I’ve been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period, I’ve had a lot of family and friends support me.”
The “Mad Men” star shocked fans Tuesday by revealing through a rep that he had recently spent 30 days seeking treatment for alcohol addiction at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn.
The 44-year-old star told TV Week that fans of the show shouldn’t rush connect the dots between his troubles and those of his character — philandering, old fashioned-swilling ad man Don Draper.
“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 endeavor, 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.”
In a brief statement Tuesday, Hamm’s rep revealed the actor checked into rehab with the support of his longtime girlfriend, actress and screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt, and that the couple was asking for “privacy and sensitivity.”
Specifics about the actor’s addiction remain scant. And despite his remarks, Hamm made it clear he was hoping to keep details under wraps.
“I understand it constitutes news these days, but it’s between me and my family and not something for public consumption,” Hamm told TV Week.
Meanwhile, Hamm made his first appearance following the announcement at an AMC bash celebrating the show’s finale season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, smiling and mugging for photos in a close-cropped beard and ivory tux coat.
Co-stars John Slattery, January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Kiernan Shipka were also on hand for the event, dubbed the Black and Red Ball.
In a 2010 chat with The Guardian, Hamm opened up about battling depression following the death of his father, when the actor was 20.
“I struggled with chronic depression. I was in bad shape,” Hamm said.
“I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me,” he added.
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