Musings about muse Christina Hendricks
“The skin, the smile, the spirit, the body, the hair, the color. Everything,” says Westwood, who has known Hendricks since she was the face of her Palladium jewelry collection three years ago. “To look at, she’s very special. She’s like a rose in full bloom. She’s absolutely gorgeous.” Of the designer, who is married to Andreas Kronthaler, 48, also her creative director, Hendricks says: “I’ve been a fan for so long, and I’m constantly amazed at the masterful technician that she is — but always acknowledging history and always one step ahead of everyone else at the same time. And she’s a bit of a provocateur, which I admire.”



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Christina Hendricks hated her high school. When she was 13, her parents moved from the small town of Twin Falls, Idaho, to Fairfax in Virginia because of her father’s job with the United States Forest Service. Hendricks felt “uprooted” and resentful. Then she had to start at a new school: Fairfax High.

She stood out from the beginning. In Twin Falls she had been part of a children’s theatre group. She wore Birkenstocks and “hippy dresses”. She was surprised when she saw the other girls her age in Fairfax “carrying purses [handbags]. I was like, ‘Ooh, purses!’ To me, only moms had purses. They were much more sophisticated and they were having sex and wearing makeup – all these things that had not happened for me.”

From the start, Hendricks was bullied. “We had a locker bay, and every time I went down there to get books out of my locker people would sit on top and spit at me. So I had to have my locker moved because I couldn’t go in there… I felt scared in high school. It was like Lord of the Flies. There was always some kid getting pummelled and people cheering.”

Hendricks found refuge in the drama department. Acting provided an outlet for a feeling of impotent rage. She became a goth, dying her hair black and purple, shaving it at the back and wearing leather jackets and knee-high Doc Marten boots. Were her clothes a type of armour against what she was experiencing?

“Yeah, exactly,” she says, nodding. “My parents would say, ‘You’re just alienating everyone. You’ll never make any friends looking like that.’ And I would say, ‘I don’t want those people to be my friends. I’m never going to be friends with the people who beat up a kid while everyone is cheering them on. I hate them.'”

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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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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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Christina Hendricks
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.

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Christina Hendricks, the ravishing redhead that set America’s heart ablaze with her role as Joan Harris on AMC’s “Mad Men,” slept through the news of her Emmy nomination Thursday.

“I just found out about 10 minutes ago,” Hendricks said by phone from New York City. “I went to see a play last night and I turned my phone on silent — so I took the luxury of sleeping in until noon. So I’m exactly where I was when I heard: in bed.”

She’s only in New York for a few more days because her work will soon be done on co-star John Slattery‘s directorial debut, “God’s Pocket,” which also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“He’s amazing,” Hendricks says of Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on “Mad Men.” “But I’m almost done and I get to come home. I’m ready for a staycation.”

What is it about “Mad Men” that keeps devoted audiences coming back year after year?

“I think it’s the writing. It’s extraordinary — since season one it’s been consistently extraordinary and groundbreaking,” Hendricks said. “And Matt Weiner writes such rich characters. People continue to connect with them, even after six seasons.”

That’s certainly true of Hendricks‘ character.

“I think people are very fond of Joan because she’s a survivor, and she’s strong and competent and smart,” Hendricks said. “People really root for her, and she says the things that people wish they could say. And the things that she says are incredibly surprising and satisfying.”


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Christina Hendricks joined co-star Tom Hiddleston at Disney’s D23 Expo to introduce their forthcoming animated film, “The Pirate Fairy,” which takes the pair inside Tinkerbell’s world of Pixie Hollow.
As for whether Hendricks plays a naughty or a nice fairy, she tells Zap2it, “I’m a ‘curious’ fairy. And I’m a spunky, scrappy fairy.” The “Mad Men” star says her Disney character Zarina “wants to sort of broaden her horizons, and gets in a little trouble … and turns into a pirate.”
Hiddleston, who plays a cabin boy destined to become the legendary Captain Hook, gave us a sneak peek at his singing chops since he performs a “swashbuckling pirate song” in the film. And Hendricks says she also dabbles in a bit of song — keeping it in the Disney family, of course. “I still find myself singing ‘Little Mermaid’ songs at home,” she says.
“Pirate Fairy’s” director, Peggy Holmes, says Hendricks has all the qualities necessary for the role of Zarina. “Look, we’re creating a pirate fairy,” Holmes tells Zap2it. “It’s never been done before. And she needed to be tough, but vulnerable. … The first time [Hendricks] spoke, at the first record, we were like, ‘Oh, there’s our pirate fairy.'”
Another film Hendricks recently completed is “How To Catch a Monster,” Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. Hendricks says “it was amazing” working with the first time director. “He’s absolutely incredible,” she boasts of Gosling. “And I have to say it was probably one of the most creative projects I’ve ever gotten to work on.”
So, no rookie mistakes on Gosling‘s first tome out? Apparently not. “He was cool as a cucumber, that guy,” says Hendricks. “He knew exactly what he was doing.”
“The Pirate Fairy” is due in theaters March 3, 2014. “How To Catch a Monster” is also expected next year.
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Try as she might to keep her head down and do her job (which is, by the way, being a kick-ass actress), Christina Hendricks is constantly dogged by fashion critics, tabloid reporters and magazine interviewers who only want to talk about her body.

In a recent clip picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald, the “Mad Men” star is asked yet again about her famous curves… in one of the most awkward, tactless ways we’ve ever seen.

The female interviewer for the Sun-Herald, who happens to be pretty petite herself, asks Christina with a smile, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?” As if for emphasis (or in our case, extra cringing), she motions both hands in an hourglass shape on the words “full-figured.”

Christina remains poised yet chuckles awkwardly, shaking her head. “Uh, I don’t know. I don’t know…” she manages then motions to restart the portion of the interview.

Instead of taking the hint, the interviewer asks the question again, repeating the phrase “full-figure.” “I mean, you just said it again!” Christina says, throwing up her hands. The dense interviewer still doesn’t get it and must be waved off by a PR (who we imagine jumping up and down on the sidelines, mouthing “Shut it down! Shut it down!”).

We’re pretty sure the interviewer didn’t mean to ask, “When have you inspired someone by being fat?” but man, did it come off that way. Hendricks has had to deal with enough people — Cathy Horyn, Esquire, New York, the Daily Mail — commenting on her body shape to last a lifetime… she certainly didn’t need one more.


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