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Jon Hamm wasn't always a mad ad man; he was once a bartending Zorro

Vera Farmiga
Jon Hamm: 'I had no idea what I was doing'
Jon Hamm as a young actor? Picture a bartender dressed as Zorro

Jon Hamm is the consummate actor, jumping from tortured ad man Don Draper on "Mad Men" to the big screen's "Million Dollar Arm" as smooth as can be. But he wasn't always that guy.

When he joined The Envelope Emmy Round Table (along with Julianna Margulies, Liev Schreiber, Vera Farmiga, Norman Reedus and Lizzy Caplan) to talk about all things television with the Los Angeles Times' Yvonne Villarreal, he mentioned taking a guest role early in his career as a bartender on "Providence" — a bartender dressed as Zorro (apparently it was set at Halloween). He was a rookie and he was lost; he didn't know any of the technical aspects of being on set.

"It was the first thing I had ever done, and so I was completely wide-eyed, and really had no idea what I was doing, vis-a-vis marks, vis-a-vis lights, vis-a-vis finding the lens. I was like, 'Oh, my god.' "

So, how did he get through that first gig? And what did he learn from the experience? Watch the video above to find out.

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