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Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jon Hamm has now added modesty, honesty and risk-taking to the list of reasons why he is STL's No. 1 celeb.

In a recent sitdown with British news site "The Independent," Hamm spoke frankly about his relatively late-coming fame, benefits and drawbacks.

Hamm said the first years in Hollywood were a struggle, working as a waiter and finding few acting gigs.

"I would literally fill out my tax return and go, ‘Wow, that is not a lot of money I made this year – I made $2000! I wonder how I ate?’” Hamm told The Independent.

Hamm said his fallback plan was to return to STL and try to get back his one-year job of teaching acting at alma mater John Burroughs High. (Ellie Kemper was one of his students.)

That crisis averted, Hamm continued to say that fame has its drawbacks.

“I don’t love going out in public. Everybody is essentially carrying a video camera and a recorder around with them at all times and everyone is a paparazzi," Hamm said. "You go out to dinner and people are surreptitiously taking your photo and it becomes a thing and it’s a drag.”

Hamm also has quickly established himself as an actor who is willing to try a variety of roles.

Most recent, Hamm took a sharp satirical turn as the star of a satirical sketch, "White Thoughts," which aired Aug. 3 in Terence Nash's new HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness." (Two bad words contained therein.)

But for all the changes, Hamm said his self-image hasn't changed all that much over the years.

"In my mind, I’m literally the same person I was since I’ve been cognizant as a human being — which is a goofy little kid from St. Louis, Missouri."