Jon Hamm is a big fan of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
“They were so great and they were such nice people,” he tells the Canadian Press about meeting them on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last month.
The “Beirut” actor is no stranger to Virtue and Moir’s appeal. While filming in Canada during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, just like everyone else, Hamm found himself mesmerized by the skating pair who he calls “exciting to watch.”
“Between curling, women’s hockey and them, it was a very exciting Olympics, especially for Canadians – although the curling didn’t work out so well,” Hamm says of the recent games.
The former “Mad Men” star recalls eating dinner at The Keg and watching the pair compete on the ice with everyone else in the restaurant.
“I would sit in the Keg, it was right next door to my hotel, and watch the Olympics every night and have dinner and everybody was staring at the TV. It was kind of nice,” Hamm says. “Everybody was pulling for them and it was so great that they won.”
While Hamm didn’t cross paths with the Olympians while he was filming in Vancouver, he found himself on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on the same day as Virtue and Moir with a dressing room next to theirs.
“I knocked and said ‘Hi,”‘ he explains. “They had the gold medals and it was really cool. I didn’t touch it, I didn’t want to jinx it or something.”
Hamm adds: “It’s so funny, you meet them in person and you realize, ‘Oh my gosh, you guys are so tiny,’ and I guess you have to be to spin around like that and throw people up in the air.”