Jon Hamm feigns disappointment, joking that 2010 was supposed to be The Year We Make Contact, but his 2010 may as well have been subtitled, The Year He Made Contact. To the 2.9 million viewers who tuned in each week for season 4 of Mad Men, Hamm peeled away even more layers from Don Draper, his crumbling ad exec who somehow managed to emerge from the depths of self-loathing sober, smiling – and engaged to be remarried. In his spare time, he gave his left arm – and right – to play Liz Lemon’s gorgeously dimwitted ex on 30 Rock, hosted Saturday Night Live (twice), and sang Springsteen at the Emmys. On the big screen, he played tough, as a steely fed tracking a gang of Boston bank robbers in the hit drama, The Town. “My eternal pessimist comes out whenever things get as good as they have been,” Hamm tells EW. “However, I will say that 2010 was the best year I will ever have.” Hence the reason he’s one of our Entertainers of the Year.
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For more with Jon Hamm and our 14 other entertainers of the year – including Taylor Swift, James Franco, and Katy Perry – pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, Dec. 3.