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Christina on “Hap and Leonard”

Christina Hendricks on Playing Hap and Leonard’s Femme Fatale and Perfecting a Southern Accent

After Mad Men, Christina Hendricks jumped right into another period piece, called, fittingly, Another Period (Comedy Central)She’s back at it as femme fatale Trudy in pulpy ’80s crime drama Hap and Leonard, premiering March 2 on the Sundance Channel. At the show’s premiere party, Hendricks took a moment to tell Vulture what drew her to the role and how she perfected that Southern accent.

How hard was it to find a series to follow up a phenomenon like Mad Men?
As soon as we wrapped, I went right into doing Another Period. I guess it was a palate cleanser, and I was such a huge fan of [creators and co-stars] Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome that it was a no-brainer. I was also like, “I would love to be distracted and not sit around and think about how I’m not on Mad Men anymore.” But after Another Period, I had every intention of taking a break, and my manager sent me Hap and Leonard and said, “I know you want a break, but just read this.” I did, and I wanted to play Trudy so bad. I couldn’t deny it. I didn’t want someone else to get to do it. I wanted to do it. I didn’t have some big plan or grand, mapped-out situation. I got it, I loved it, I wanted to do it, and so I did.

What did you respond to so strongly about Trudy?
When I read a script and the character jumps off the page and jumps into me in a way that I feel like I can contribute, that I can have a voice in it — I can always tell because I start acting it out in my head, instead of trying to fix it. It just comes so naturally. She was so well-written and such an unusual character. She’s playful and sassy, but in a different way than the characters that I’ve been playing recently that I was excited by her.

Trudy lures her ex-boyfriend Hap (James Purefoy) into a dangerous scheme over the objections of his best friend Leonard (Michael K. Williams). Is she trustworthy or trouble?
Oh, she is so not trustworthy!

You were born in Knoxville, Tennessee, moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, then went to high school in Fairfax, Virginia. Did Hap and Leonard reconnect you to your Southern roots?
This environment is so unlike my Northern Virginia experience. I have a lot of relatives in Georgia, although that accent is very different. I always consider myself as having family from the South. I did work really hard on Trudy’s accent. I wanted it to be specific to the area, so I had to make sure to not listen to my relatives in my head. I didn’t want to just copy my grandma or my aunt. I had so much fun doing it, I probably took about two weeks to shake it when I got home. My husband [Madam Secretary’s Geoffrey Arend] said, “You know you don’t actually talk like that, right?”


Christina talks to “Campaign Asia”

Much like her Mad Men character Joan Holloway, Christina Hendricks is classy, intelligent and in full control of her presence both onscreen and online.

Despite increasing pressure on stars to build a strong presence on social media, Hendricks has yet to launch a public Twitter account.

“I personally don’t want to watch an actor performing and just so happen to know they love this shade of lipgloss and that they had a breakup,” she said in an interview with Campaign Asia-Pacific following her appearance today at Spikes Asia. “It becomes a distraction. I know a lot of people love it and find it an outlet for them to share, and sometimes in an artistic way or in branding themselves. I just don’t think anyone cares if I ate asparagus for dinner. I like a little bit of mystery in others, and so I try and maintain that a little bit for myself.”

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The Uncensored, Epic, Never-Told Story Behind ‘Mad Men’

Casting for the pilot begins in 2006. Weiner and AMC agree on hiring unknown actors.

Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway) I was up for another pilot, and I chose Mad Men. The [agency I was with] was like, “It’s on AMC, it’s a period piece, it’s never going to go. Are you crazy? You’re not going to make money for us …” I thought it was a little impatient of them. So I moved on.

With production having moved to Los Angeles, Mad Men premieres July 19, 2007, to critical acclaim but faces an uphill ratings battle and an uncertain future.

Hendricks It was during the writers strike, so there was no [Globes] ceremony. We all watched it from the Chateau Marmont and we just sat there with our mouths agape. The Emmys were the next thing up.

Instead, in March 2011, he takes home $30 million for a three-season contract after negotiations with AMC and Lionsgate sideline the network flagship for more than a year.

Hendricks At one point I thought, “This is taking a little too long.”

Finally back on the air in 2012, Weiner makes adds (and cuts) to the cast and starts plotting an endgame.

Hendricks The common area [on the set] started as a piece of AstroTurf and a little glass table with four chairs, and then one year we came back and there was a full deck with a built-in fire pit and Christmas lights.

AMC splits the final season into two parts, with the last seven episodes airing nearly a year after it wraps in July 2014.


Christina joins ‘The Neon Demon’

BERLIN– Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks have joined the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” the subversive female-driven horror tale that marks Danish helmer’s follow-up to “Only God Forgives.”

Sold and financed by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, “The Neon Demon” stars Elle Fanning (“Super 8″).

Abbey Lee (“Drive”), Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″), and Bella Heathcote (“Beneath Hill 60″) round out the eclectic cast of up-and-coming actresses.

Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”), is producing via their company Space Rocket.

The key crew of “The Neon Demon” comprises Refn‘s regular collaborators: editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez.

Gaumont and Wild Bunch are shopping the project at the EFM and have started discussions with U.S. buyers.

The two Paris-based companies teamed on Refn’s last film, “Only God Forgives,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes.

Production is slated to begin March 30.


Christina is the new Nice ‘n Easy Brand Ambassador

Christina Hendricks is arguably the most famous redhead in Hollywood, but that wasn’t always the case. She started her career as a blonde — until she nabbed a fateful modeling gig at 19. “Clairol took me red, and I was absolutely thrilled. I loved it so much, I still actually have the picture from the shoot,” she says. “I went back to my agency and said ‘I’m staying red, this it it, I love it.’ And they let me!”

And once she landed her role as Joan on Mad Men, fans everywhere started begging their stylists for Hendricks’s hair color. But as it turns out, she still gets it herself at home with Nice ‘n Easy “6R Natural Light Auburn.” Which is why it makes sense that, 20 years after she was a face of Miss Clairol, the brand’s tapping her again for their new ad campaigns.
“I did notice I started getting more modeling jobs as a redhead — I think because it was quite unique, there weren’t a lot of redheads around,” Hendricks said at the N.Y.C. shoot for the ad campaign, her second for the brand. “I think also because I felt so confident with it, I probably had a better attitude. I just felt gorgeous with it and I stuck with it for years.”

So in a town full of $1,000 highlights, what’s the secret to getting at-home hair color just right? “I’ve been dyeing my hair at home for years and years. I just follow the instructions on the box and it always turns out perfect, I don’t even think there is a trick!” she says, laughing. “I keep in my drawer every time I touch up because I trust it … I just follow what it says!”

One other benefit to her signature hue, Hendricks says, is that it inspires her to be a little daring with her red carpet looks. “Being a redhead has encouraged me to be a bit more playful with my fashion, a little more quirky and eccentric even sometimes,” she says. “I love headpieces and hats, I love curls and I love sleek, I love playing around with all those different things. When I go out in the evening, I like to play with color and jewelry. I think it complements being a redhead.”

The most important takeaway from the ad, for us? That your hair color is just a matter of mindset — and you should feel free to have fun with it! “I felt like I was a natural redhead,” Hendricks says of her transformation. “It was very natural and real to me.”


Hollywood’s Top 25 Red-Carpet Designers Revealed: Vivienne Westwood




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.”



Christina Hendricks: ‘My agency dropped me when I first agreed to play Joan in Mad Men’

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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Christina Hendricks Has 6 Movies Coming Out In 2014

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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