Jon Hamm: Mad Men spinoff about Sally would be pretty great
Jon Hamm has a big future planned for Sally Draper.
At a the Television Academy’s “Farewell to Mad Men” on Sunday night, Hamm was asked which character’s story he’d like to see continue. “I don’t know,” he said. “I think a big part of what I really appreciate about this show is that, when people are crying when they watched [Sunday’s] episode, is that the story is complete. So I think the idea of a spinoff, or a prequel, or an origin story, or whatever longer time to spend with these characters, I think it would be less fulfilling somehow.”
Not that Hamm doesn’t have some ideas. “With that said, it would be Sally,” Hamm admitted. “We would want to watch Sally grow up. Move through the ’70s and turn into a rock star and turn into Joan Jett or something. Ride a motorcycle and kill a guy. Make a bunch of money and then become Oliver Stone in the 80s. Date Kurt Cobain in the 90s. She’s just a touchstone for every generation. Yeah, I’d watch that show. Sally Through the Decades.”
Hamm also praised actress Kiernan Shipka, noting that she “has been on Mad Men longer than she hasn’t been on Mad Men, in her life,” and described how his work was informed by watching her grow up on set.
“I’ve looked at pictures of Kiernan when she was in season one, when she was 6, and I don’t have children, but I don’t understand how that works,” Hamm said. “They just grow into completely different people. That’s so weird. But that’s been part of Don’s journey, is watching this child, who he’s responsible for, grow into this woman, who he’s also responsible for.”
It sounds like Hamm’s next responsibility as a TV dad should be to make Sally Through the Decades happen as soon as possible.
Jon Hamm stars as Don Draper in the Emmy-winning ’60s-set drama