Jon Hamm Cheered Elisabeth Moss' Emmy Win Via Text

The former 'Mad Men' star had a strong sense that his longtime co-star would get the win for her role in 'The Handmaid's Tale.'
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Elizabeth Moss and John Hamm attend Hulu's 2017 Emmy After Party

Elisabeth Moss was nominated six times for her work playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men without winning, but longtime co-star Jon Hamm, who watched the show from home, had a strong sense that her role on The Handmaid's Tale would get recognized.

"I had told her many times since I saw the show, 'This is a really wonderful piece of work and you deserve to be celebrated for it. Whether or not it happens, that's up to the winds of whatever.' I was incredibly pleased when it happened for her. I know how much work she's put into this, not only as an actress but as a producer. It was such a lovely thing," Hamm tells THR.

But he didn't dare give her any advice. "No, I knew from experience that that's a uniquely personal thing that you're dealing with, and I didn't want to inject myself into that."

He did, however, make sure she knew how proud he was of her as he watched the show from home. "I texted her right after she won and said, 'Congratulations, now turn around and get back out there,' because I had a feeling they were going to win again." And they did. Hamm didn't stay home all night, though. He ended up getting some face time with Moss at Hulu's afterparty at Otium in downtown Los Angeles, which had an electric vibe as guests and execs were toasting the first drama series win for a streaming service.

"Mad Men started 10 years ago and there was no such thing as streaming or iPhones when we started," Hamm noted. "The world moves pretty quick and it's a bizarre new landscape, and I think we're still figuring it out in many ways." 

This story first appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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