Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir‘s fan club is certainly far-reaching, from the Olympics-obsessed to stars like Ryan Reynolds – and now Jon Hamm has joined the list of fans who are totally smitten by the Canadian stars who ice danced their way into our hearts at PyeongChang this year. The actor recently opened up about what it was like meeting two of his idols in person at The Ellen Show last month, and the story is both sweet and hilarious.
Turns out, the figure skating pair as just as charismatic on off the ice as they are on. “They were so great and they were such nice people,” the Mad Men star told the Canadian Press . But this isn’t the first time Jon has been totally smitten by the pair – he’s one of a group of thousands who have been following their career for years. During production of one of his movies in Canada, he took in every minute of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and was completely taken aback by their talent.
“I would sit in the Keg, it was right next door to my hotel, and watch the Olympics every night and have dinner and everybody was staring at the TV,” he recalled. “It was kind of nice. Everybody was pulling for them and it was so great that they won.”
It’s hard to find anyone these days who hasn’t heard of the superstar athletes, but it wasn’t until this year, a month after the duo returned home from their final Olympic go-around, that he got a chance to meet them in person thanks to their dressing rooms being side-by-side during filming of Ellen Degeneres’s talk show. “I knocked and said ‘hi.’ They had the gold medals and it was really cool. I didn’t touch it, I didn’t want to jinx it or something,” he joked.
The 47-year-old continued: “It’s so funny, you meet them in person and you realize, ‘Oh my gosh, you guys are so tiny,’ and I guess you have to be to spin around like that and throw people up in the air.’” Their bodies may be small but their personalities certainly aren’t, as they showed off their quick wit, humour and humility later that day during their chat with Ellen .