'Mr. Robot' Star Rami Malek Says His Mom Was Happy Jon Hamm Beat Him at the Golden Globes
By Jackie Willis
Rami Malek's mother was thrilled that her son got nominated for a Golden Globe, because it meant she'd have a chance to meet Jon Hamm.
The Mr. Robot star brought his mom along as his date to Sunday night's awards show and while her son was working the press line, she was on a mission of her own. "She's my backbone. But all she wanted to do was meet Jon Hamm," Malek told Ellen DeGeneres. "I was like 'OK, mom you can meet Jon Hamm. Hold on, I got to do some interviews.' And she's like, 'I need to meet Jon Hamm right now.'"
Malek, 34, and Hamm, 44, were both up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama, and it was the Mad Men star who took home the award. "I'm like, 'You understand that's my competition tonight, right?'" Malek asked his mother. "We're both up for Best Actor and she's like, 'It doesn't matter.' And then, we were sitting down and his name got called and he won. She said, 'He deserved it.' I'm like, 'OK.'"
Despite her adoration for Hamm, Malek says his mom is very supportive. "She loves me to death, but I think she was protecting me to a certain extent," he added. "But [Hamm is] such a cool guy. He was so much fun and he is so deserving."
ET spoke with Hamm about the advice he would give his younger self when first starting Mad Men -- and his tips may also help Malek. "Pace yourself, I think I probably would have said," he advised. "We didn’t know it was going to go longer than a season, much less eight [sic] seasons long. We were very pleasantly surprised but it’s a lot of hard work."