Jon Hamm has made for himself as the suave, yet broken, Don Draper in the excellent television series, Mad Men. 

He is now a household name and demands plenty of respect in Hollywood circles, but it wasn't always like that. There was a stage when Mr Hamm was looking for work and he would take whatever was going. 

They desperation is the mother of invention and Hamm was certainly inventive. So much so that he once worked on the sets of softcore pornography movies.

In his latest interview with Esquire, Hamm goes into the details of this work. The actor moved from Missouri to LA in his mid-20s and was struggling. He took whatever work was going, as he details in the magazine. 

He told the magazine: "I got that job because of a friend of mine, this girl who was like our stage manager in college…I was hanging out with her and another friend of ours from Mizzou, commiserating at a potluck. None of us had any money. I'd lost my catering gig. I was like, 'I need a job.' My friend said, 'You can have my job. I'm doing set dressing.'"

Hamm went on to tell the magazine how the sets he worked on had low standards when it came to employment. 

He added: "I said, 'I don't know how to do that.' She says, 'It's not that hard. They'll hire anybody.' She says, 'It's just soul-crushing for me. I can't do it.' I said, 'Soul-crushing: That sounds amazing. I'll do it.' And she's like, 'It's for these Skinemax softcore titty movies.' I asked, 'What do you do?' She hands me this bucket with all of her tools in it and says, 'You just move shit around. Do whatever they want you to do.' I went in the following Monday and said, 'I'm the new set dresser.' Literally, no one blinked."

In the interview, he also briefly discussed his time in the University of Texas. According to some reports, he was accused of being a part of a severe hazing for pledgers while there. 

He reacted to this being brought up by stating: "Everything about that is sensationalized. I was accused of these things I don't…It's so hard to get into it. I don't want to give it any more breath."

 "It was a bummer of a thing that happened. I was essentially acquitted. I wasn't convicted of anything. I was caught up in a big situation, a stupid kid in a stupid situation, and it's a f--king bummer. I moved on from it."

The Spring + Summer issue of Esquire's Big Black Book is available nationwide on Tuesday, April 10.