Ellie Kemper and Jon Hamm have a long history together. It stretches all the way back before either were famous and Kemper was still in high school. Hamm, before he was a household name, taught high school drama in his hometown of St. Louis, MO, and Kemper, star of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was actually one of his students.
Even years later, Jon Hamm is still playing the role of advisor to Ellie Kemper, as she related in an interview with NBC News discussing how she found a balance between work and her personal life after becoming a mother while still working on her Netflix show. Ellie Kemper’s first daughter was born 2016. Shortly after, the filming for Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt began and Kemper was a working mom for the first time.
According to Ellie Kemper, she realized what that meant: her time was not only hers anymore. It was Jon Hamm, ever the advisor, that gave her some advice that has stuck. She said:
Jon Hamm, who plays her tormentor and former captor on the Netflix hit, and Ellie Kemper were shooting a scene a together, the old teacher told his old student what she needed to do. Kemper also recalled,
It's no surprise that Ellie Kemper would take advice from Jon Hamm to heart. The Mad Men star has played an important role in her life. Recalling her freshman year drama class in an interview with A.V. Club way back when she was first on The Office, Kemper has formerly revealed how Hamm was a popular teacher,
Jon Hamm's role in Ellie Kemper's personal and private lives is a crucial one, and she's obviously very grateful that he has taken the time to mentor her in both.
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