“I was laughing at him”: Matt Damon’s Ex-girlfriend Turned Down an Opportunity of Her Lifetime by Saying No to Jon Hamm

Matt Damon's Ex-girlfriend Turned Down an Opportunity of Her Lifetime by Saying No to Jon Hamm
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Once an actor starts bagging regular roles in Hollywood, their television stint is often buried deep beneath their movie acting credits. From Johnny Depp to Jennifer Lawrence, plenty of stars got their start on television before making it big on the big screen, and subsequently, their fans forgot their time on the small screen.


However, Jon Hamm stands among the very few anomalies, who despite featuring regularly in movies, mostly attracts headlines for his work on television, largely because of the sheer popularity of his show, Mad Men. 

Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm in Mad Men.

His portrayal of Don Draper in the drama series about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s has proven to be a career-defining role, bagging him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in the process. Interestingly, Hamm was also keen to bring his former co-star on the successful ride, but his approach was bluntly turned down.


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Why Sarah Silverman Rejected an Opportunity to Audition for Jon Hamm’s Show

Sarah Silverman is a pretty successful stand-up comedian and host and also has plenty of acting credits to her name. She even played herself in the sitcom The Sarah Silverman Program – a fictionalized take on her daily life. However, there’s a good chance she could have enjoyed a lot more success in her acting career had she taken Jon Hamm‘s approach seriously.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men
Jon Hamm.

Hamm portrayed the character of Cable Guy in her show, and shortly after he got the life-changing role of Don Draper, the main protagonist of the AMC series, he asked his friend Silverman to audition for the show, but the comedian had no interest in the part and laughed during the call.


Speaking about her acting career during The Howard Stern Show, Howard Stern remarked, “You kind of blew off a big opportunity.” 

“I’m just saying I have terrible instincts,” Silverman responded. “Like when Mad Men happened, I was friends with Jon Hamm. He played Cable Guy on the Sarah Silverman program. He called me and he’s like, ‘Hi, I’m doing this pilot on AMC, you should audition for it.’ And I said, ‘I’m not gonna audition for a pilot on AMC.’ I was laughing.”

The Baby Driver star suggested Silverman audition for the role of Rachel Menken, which Maggie Siff ended up playing.

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Did Matt Damon and Sarah Silverman Really Date?

Silverman might’ve missed out on a potential acting career-defining role in Mad Men, but she remains one of the best comedians in the industry and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018 for her achievements in the field.

Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman.

Among her funniest jokes and sketches, the most notable remains her collaboration with Matt Damon. The pair joined hands to take a dig at her then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel by creating a music video, titled “I’m F*cking Matt Damon.” 

In 2008, Silverman appeared on Kimmel’s show to present the video to the chat show host. This was part of Kimmel and Damon’s long-running made-up feud.


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Source: The Howard Stern Show


Written by Vishal Singh

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Vishal Singh is a Content Writer at FandomWire. Having spent more than half a decade in the digital media space, Vishal specializes in crafting engaging entertainment- and sports-focused stories. He graduated from university with an honors degree in English Literature.