Mad Men show runner Matt Weiner is notoriously stingy with details about upcoming seasons. And while Jon Hamm, the man behind Don Draper, generally follows Weiner’s lead, a new profile from GQ‘s April issue features fresh details about the drama’s final days—including advice from another AMC leading man.
“It hard, man,” GQ reports Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston told Hamm. “It’s hard to let it go. It’ll hit you a couple of different ways at different times.”
The story also relives a chance encounter between Hamm and Sopranos star James Gandolfini from a few years ago outside the New York restaurant Orso. When Gandolfini stepped out of his chauffeured car as Hamm was leaving the restaurant, Hamm tells GQ he thought “Oh, Jesus,” because “the first thing you think [when seeing Gandolfini] is you’re going to be murdered.”
The actor also offered some insight into the process behind Mad Men‘s final season, despite his refusal to get into plot specifics. For one, Hamm says Weiner told him how Don Draper would end up sometime around the show’s third season—which aired way back in 2009. Hamm told GQ about the final episode’s table read last year, where Weiner called the main cast into his office after a lackluster reception to tell them the show’s real ending; the paranoid show runner had written a decoy for the larger group of people who sat in on the session.
Although Hamm has received accolades upon accolades for his portrayal of the troubled adman, he downplays his talent with this golden quote: “Whenever people want to talk about how hard it is to be an actor, I want to go, ‘Um, it’s hard to be a baby-heart surgeon.'”