Hendricks is a famous TV face long overdue for a leap to the big screen. She’s had small parts here and there (most notably in Drive), but has yet to achieve feature-film stardom in her own right. This year she’ll be starring opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in her Mad Men co-star John Slattery’s directorial debut, God’s Pocket. She’ll be appearing in the adaptation of that other Gillian Flynn novel, Dark Places, and she’ll play the most drop-dead gorgeous mother celluloid has ever known in both Measure of a Man and How To Catch A Monster. But, most interestingly, she and Allison Janney will star in Campbell Scott’s adaptation of Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer. I’m glad to see that, even though Mad Men is winding down, Christina Hendricks is just getting started.

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Christina Hendricks attended on Sunday night the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

Christina wore a sophisticated black gown by Christian Siriano, a sparkling silver-and-green Edie Parker ‘Jean’ clutch and stunning jewels by Lorraine Schwartz.

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AMC announced today that the final season of the Lionsgate series Mad Men will be expanded to 14 episodes and equally portioned with seven episodes airing in spring of 2014 (“The Beginning”) and the final seven episodes of this iconic series (“The End of an Era”) airing in the spring of 2015.

“This approach has worked well for many programs across multiple networks, and, most recently for us with Breaking Bad which attracted nearly double the number of viewers to its second half premiere than had watched any previous episode,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We are determined to bring Mad Men a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes than remain of this iconic series.”

“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” said Matthew Weiner, creator and executive producer, Mad Men. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”

Mad Men has had a transcendent impact on our popular culture, and it has played a prominent role in building our Lionsgate brand,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “We anticipate a remarkable seventh season thanks to the brilliance of Matthew Weiner, the entire creative and production team, and our tremendous partnership with AMC. We’re all working to ensure that the series will have the kind of powerful send-off it so richly deserves.”

The first half of the final season of Mad Men will premiere on AMC this spring.

Since the series premiere in 2007, “Mad Men” has become one of television’s most honored shows. The show has earned six Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series leading to four wins for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series includes: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards including Program of the Year, and being named five years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs.

The show stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Karthheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Somm

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Christina Hendricks attended other two fashion shows on September 10:  Jenny Packham and Wes Gordon. She looked gorgeous on both occasions!

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Christina Hendricks is in New York right now attending various presentations during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014. She was spotted front row and backstage at Christian Siriano, Zac Posen and Carolina Herrera fashion shows.

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[092] Public Appearances > 2013 > September 9: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 – Carolina Herrera

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Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks know what it takes to keep a marriage of two actors going, at least for them.

“We’ve been very lucky so far,” ABC “Body of Proof” co-star Arend tells Zap2it about his union with AMC “Mad Men” regular Hendricks. “We’ve been working in the same city [Los Angeles], where a lot of times, you get split. When we got married, the day after, we both left to go to different places for movie jobs. I went to Toronto and she went to Atlanta.

“We didn’t see each other for two-and-a-half weeks. That kind of thing happens sometimes, but we have a two-week rule. Two weeks can’t go by without us seeing each other, and that’s helpful for the mind and heart. Also, we just got a new puppy, so that’s been keeping us home quite a bit. It’s like having a baby.”

The Season 3 episodes of “Body of Proof” — which began airing Tuesday (Feb. 19) with Arend back as pathologist Ethan — have been completed, while Hendricks is continuing filming as 1960s ad-agency partner Joan in the seventh season of “Mad Men” that debuts Sunday, April 7.

“The first season of each of our shows, we would at times pick up the other’s scripts and take a glance,” Arend reports, “but now, we really don’t. Honestly, after the first couple, I stopped reading the scripts for ‘Mad Men.’ It’s just such a joy to watch when it’s fully realized on the screen, I don’t want to spoil anything for myself.”

Hendricks guest-starred in an early episode of “Body of Proof,” and though he says he’d love to have her on the show again, Arend isn’t sure that’s in the cards.

“She’s got so much stuff going on right now, I honestly don’t think we could get her,” he muses. “She’s doing a movie with Ryan Gosling that he’s also directing (‘How to Catch a Monster’), then she has another one that sounds like a dream job. And, of course, she’s finishing out ‘Mad Men’ for the new season, so there really isn’t any time. Maybe if we get a Season 4 pick-up, she’ll come back.”

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Last song I sang
I was singing “At Last” by Etta James this morning. My husband [Geoffrey Arend, 35] and I sing a lot at home. We just make up songs. It’s sort of like living in a musical.

Last splurge
I treated myself to an Alexander McQueen cape. I went into the shop intending to court a pair of pants, [but] I walked out with something way more extravagant. I wear it pretty much every day.

Last fan encounter
I was at Disneyland last week. They take those photos of you screaming on a roller coaster, then post them at the end. Someone went up and took a picture of mine looking absolutely ridiculous with my hair in the air. I was like, “Oh, no! That’s so awkward!”

Last guilty pleasure
I’ve never been into fried chicken before, but Geoffrey is now brining the chicken, smoking it, then frying it all at home. It’s like a whole different dish. I took two big ol’ wonderful pieces.

Last injury sustained
I was walking down the stairs in footie pajamas and slipped. I bounced down and had bruises from my bum down to my ankle. It was really painful and really unattractive.

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Many fans of “Mad Men” have no idea how they’ll cope after the show wraps up its seventh and supposedly final season. Actress Christina Hendricks, who today picked up her fourth Emmy nomination for her role as Joan on the AMC period drama, doesn’t quite know how she’ll handle the end of the show either.

“It’s something we all have to deal with,”  says Hendricks, who is up for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.

Mad Men” began as a show that seemed nostalgic for a fading age of masculine power and privilege; it has increasingly become a study of women asserting their clout in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Beyond “Mad Men,” Hendricks has a full plate of projects including “God’s Pocket” (written and directed by her “Mad Men” co-star John Slattery) and “How to Catch a Monster,” directed by actor Ryan Gosling.

Shortly after today’s Emmy nominations were announced, the actress called up Speakeasy for a chat.

What are your thoughts about this latest Emmy nomination?

It’s amazing. It’s season six for us, so it’s so incredible people keep watching the show and they’re just as excited as they ever were. We wrapped the last episode in season six awhile ago, so the nomination is a nice reminder of the work that we’ve done and that everyone contributed. After the show wrapped we all ran away and did our own things. It’s nice to be brought home again.

What are your thoughts about the changing power relationship between men and women on the show?

I think it’s inevitable. ["Mad Men" creator] Matt [Weiner] is telling the story of changing times. It’s a decade when things are really shifting and very powerful things are happening for women. What I love about “Mad Men” is that there are many different female characters and it’s up to us to represent different kinds of women.

How are you feeling going into this final season of “Mad Men”?

The anticipation of it all ending is just kind of heartbreaking. We are all going to try to enjoy the final season as much as possible. It will be the most emotional.

You’ve played Joan for six seasons. How do you get a long-running character out of your system?

You might have to call me back in a year and a half! We were discussing that last night. Do you let yourself have some time to let it all go, or do you throw yourself into other work so you don’t sit around and wallow? I don’t know. Read full article »

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Supporting Actress, Drama
Mad Men (AMC)

The thing I need most to play Joan: It’s a layered effect, but once the hair is up and you zip up that last tight skirt, it solidifies things. The tight skirt and the updo really do it.

The first thing I do on set: I have it timed out: I live six minutes from work, so every day I show up on the dot with wet hair, I throw my purse in my trailer and go straight into hair and makeup.

My dream guest star gig: I want to be on all of them because I’ll be unemployed in a year, so put that out there! I want to be on Homeland because I love the suspense of it, but I also want to be on Game of Thrones. I want to wear pelts and horns and ride around on horseback.

If I weren’t an actress, I would be: I think I would make a great florist.

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In this interview, Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris on AMC’s Mad Men) talks about exploring her character’s personal life and a defining moment.

Q: Peggy quit SCDP and Joan’s a partner. What do you think they’ve learned from each other?

A: Both of these women are saying, “I’ve worked really hard and I deserve this. And I’m going to take it.” And I think Joan has learned a lot from watching Peggy and seeing that it’s worked for her too.

Q: Did you ever imagine that Joan would become a partner? How does it feel?

A: It was very exciting… But as she should be. As she should be. She’s been there a long time, and she’s incredibly capable. And I think she knows what’s going on there probably more than anyone.

Q: Do you feel like there were clues in Joan’s life leading up to the way she handled the Jaguar situation? Did her decision surprise you?

A: There were moments throughout the past seasons where you see her excel at something, and it gets taken away from her, quite simply because she’s a woman or that wasn’t her position… I think she just reached a point where she wants to take care of her family. She wants to make sure her son is provided for. And she’s protecting herself and she knows she deserves it, and sadly that was her only option to get her there… I wasn’t surprised.

Q: How have you handled fan reactions to the episode? Read full article »

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