By Mandi Bierly
July 12, 2010 at 07:15 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Nathaniel Goldberg/W MagazineJon Hamm and Rebecca Hall — co-stars of The Town, the upcoming Ben Affleck-directed Beantown-set cops-and-robbers drama — grace the August cover of W magazine. You’ll want to peruse the photos first, naturally, but read the interview, and you might be shocked to find that there is something sexier than a picture of the Mad Men star sporting stubble: Hamm saying, “I played Winnie-the-Pooh in first grade.” Hamm discussing what makes a woman sexy. The topic arose when W asked Hall if she’d classify Hamm as a man’s man or a ladies’ man. She said she wasn’t sure: He can hang with the boys and play sports and talk to women about emotions and shoes. “Absolutely. Can and do,” Hamm confirmed. “I was raised by a single mother. I think the definition of a man’s man has shifted in recent times to this sort of fratty bro, different from the older version, which was aloof and distant — Gary Cooper or Cary Grant or James Bond. Now it’s a little vulgar, kind of lowbrow, adolescent. I’m not that guy. Part of being an adult is treating women like women.”

“The grand pendulum has swung backwards a little bit. Women are allowing themselves to be objectified as ’empowerment,'” Hall said. “I suppose to some degree you have to go through that phase of, like, ‘Look, I can make myself a sexualized object.’ Still, I just hope that it’s okay for women to read and be bright and talk about interesting things and be sexy.”

“To be able to read and talk about complicated things is sexy,” Hamm said. “It’s not just having a pair of bolt-on tits.”

P.S. As if we needed another reason to adore him, there’s also the way he gallantly stepped in to lighten the mood when W asked Hall if there was any truth to the tabloid rumors that she played a role in the separation of Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet. After she answered “No,” Hamm quipped, “The reality is that I broke them up.”

“Jon Hamm was sleeping with Sam Mendes,” Hall said. “Wow. Does a sex tape exist?,” W asked. “Does it?” Hamm responded. “He directed it. It’s beautiful.”

Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper in the Emmy-winning ’60s-set drama
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