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.